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September 2014
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Photo Essay: Studio Spaces
Poor Yorick
A look inside one of Utah's largest studio complexes

Every six months thousands of art lovers fill the halls and studios of South Salt Lake's Poor Yorick Studios. During the Spring and Fall Equinox Open Studio events there are so many bodies and so much art, you might never actually notice the space that houses the event.

Poor Yorick is separated into four wings, representing the four original buildings that Brad Slaugh opened up to form one home for more than forty artists. It can be a confusing labyrinthine space the night of the opening. But when it's empty, the space offers a number of surprises, including plenty of color, inventive storage spaces, common use areas and more than one inexplicable artifact.

The next Open Studio is Saturday, September 27th. To receive an invite, email info@pooryorickstudios.com. In the meantime, peek inside the space when no one's around.

Inside the Vault: Works from Public Art Collections
UTAH Copper
Thomas Schulte's Tacoral

Untitled by Anton Rasmussen, oil on canvas, 1976Thomas Schulte
Copper and aluminum

On June 30, 1980, a storm in Salt Lake City blew copper off the Utah State Capitol dome. In an attempt to salvage the copper and preserve a significant piece of Utah history (the copper was installed in 1916), Governor Scott M. Matheson, the Utah Arts Council, and the Division of Facilities, Construction, and Management came up with the idea of holding a competition for artists to create a work of art from the copper sheathing. The works would be site-specific and hang in the Capitol Building. Initial plans anticipated just one completed work but the judging committee felt that the works by three particular artists complemented each other so much as to warrant three works. Those artists were Thomas Schulte, Day Christensen and Maggie Harrison.

Tacoral, by Thomas Schulte hung in the Capitol Rotunda for years until the building went under renovation in 2004. Schulte started with a welded understructure, and the copper cover has 69 surfaces to give the viewer an almost endless display of shadows and forms, depending on where one stands. The underlying form of this piece is an abstract design from the letters in “UTAH.” The sculpture is now cared for in storage until an appropriate venue for it comes around.

This column is sponsored by the Visual Arts Program of the Division of Arts & Museums. Each month the program distributes a newsletter about upcoming events and opportunities for artists. It also features a work from the collection each month. To subscribe, email fbaca@utah.gov.


15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors

Ehren ClarkAshley 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.

Aaron CanceAaron Cance has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and a M.A. in British and American Literature from the University of Utah. His poetry has appeared in Southern Minnesota State University's Bare Root Review, and he is a regular contributor to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor's online Fiction Writers' Review. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Katherine, daughter Viola Wren, and two completely deranged cats, and works at The King's English Bookshop.

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.

Ann PooreAnn Poore is a freelance writer and editor who spent most of her career at The Salt Lake Tribune. She also worked for Salt Lake City Weekly and has written for such publications as Utah Business Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine.

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.

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

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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.

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