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February 2014
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Photo Essay
Utah's 15
Celebrating Utah's most influential artists

On Friday, February 21, Artists of Utah will open Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. This exhibit is a culmination of the “Utah’s 15” project that began a year ago when 15 Bytes asked the public to nominate artists they believe have influenced the landscape of Utah art and culture. The 15 were announced at Utah’s 35 x 35 exhibit last year.

Since then, we have been interviewing and photographing these artists for a book that will be available for purchase the night of the opening. In this month's photo essay, we present some of the outtakes from the Utah's 15 photo shoots, taken by Zo Rodriguez Photography. Do you recognize all 15?

In Plain Site
In Our Hood
Bonwood Bowling Center Mural and more art in South Salt Lake

Back in the September 2013 edition of 15 Bytes we featured a photo essay on the street art (public and private) of South Salt Lake. Because our office is in the city, we continue to get to know the area and discover new gems, including the pair of murals on the sides of the Bonwood Bowling Center. On the south side, V. Kim Martinez directed University of Utah art students in the completion of Wandemer To Nibbley, a 98′ x 15′ mural featuring a dancing couple on a carousel, in 2006. The north side features a mural designed and painted by students at the Cottonwood Treatment Center, under the direction of art teacher Elizabeth Bunker. The scene of aging dandelions and large fields of color was part of South Salt Lake’s Community Connection project, which works to involve youth in creative service projects and was launched by Mayor Cherie Wood in 2011. Check them out for yourselves: the Bonwood Bowling Center is located at 2500 South Main Street.

Of course we're in the neighborhood as well and we look forward to seeing you at our office sometime in the future. Because we're a bunch of artists and writers, regular hours aren't exactly our thing so we don't suggest dropping in. But...you can look forward to our open house in March duiring the Poor Yorick studio event. And later this month we'll be announcing a series of website workshops to be held at our offices. Email us to make sure you get an invite. (When you're here, don't forget to pick up one of our 15 Bytes hoodies or t-shirts).

And currently we have a collection of works by Francis Zimbeaux available for your viewing at our office. These works have been donated by the late artist's trust to be used to help fund Artists of Utah's programming. In the January edition, we featured a number of these works done in Park City in the 1960s. We've begun releasing one of these for auction at eBay every week. You can follow our auctions here. If you'd like to come in and see these pieces, please contact us.

Park City scene by Francis Zimbeaux

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors

Ashley AndersonAshley Anderson is a choreographer based in Salt Lake City. She is founder of loveDANCEmore, a blog and biannual journal about dance in Utah, and currently serves as 15 Bytes's Dance Editor.

Simon BlundellSimon Blundell is a Salt Lake native and has studied art, communication, journalism, design, and advertising. He has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and continues to explore photography and art in all its aspects.

Ehren ClarkEhren Clark studied art history at both the University of Utah and the University of Reading in the UK. He is now a professional writer.

John HughesJohn Hughes is an award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. He maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.

Sue MartinSue Martin holds an M.A. in Theatre and has worked in public relations. As an artist, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic to capture Utah landscapes or the beauty of everyday objects in still life.

Hikmet Sidney LoeHikmet Sidney Loe has taught art history at Westminster College since 2006, and has also taught at the University of Utah and Weber State University. Her extensive exploration of Spiral Jetty will published next year by the University of Utah Press in a book titled The Spiral Jetty and Rozel Point: Rotating Through Time and Place.

Zoe RodriguezZoë Rodriguez, a native of San Francisco, is a full-time photographer and designer. She is currently working on What I Thought I Saw, a book project that challenges our perceptions of how we see people.

Shawn RossiterShawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, was raised on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. A professional artist and writer, he founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.

Shawn RossiterDale Thompson, has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State Colleg and a Masters degree in communications from Westminster College. Her writing career includes work for a local theatre, journalism in Park City, and freelance contributions for various nonprofit organizations.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.

15 Bytes

is published monthly by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Salt Lake City Utah. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 15 Bytes or Artists of Utah. Our editions are published monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Our deadline for submissions is the last Wednesday of the preceding month.

Writers and photographers who contribute material to 15 Bytes are members of the arts community who volunteer their time. Please contact the editor if you have an idea for an article or feature, or if you would like to volunteer your time to the organization.

Materials may be mailed to:
Artists of Utah
P.O. Box 526292
SLC, UT 84152

Editor: Shawn Rossiter
Assistant Editor: Laura Durham
Literary Editor: David G. Pace
Dance Editor: Ashley Anderson

Mixed Media: Terrece Beesley
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