by Nance Thunell
Artists of Utah’s inaugural exhibition, 35 x 35, opens Friday, December 20, with an artist reception and holiday party at the Artspace Forum Gallery in Salt Lake City. 35 x 35 is a unique exhibition, displaying the works of thirty-five Utah artists thirty-five years or younger.
For some of the participating artists this will be their first exhibition opportunity, while others are well-established young artists quickly attracting attention locally and nationally.
Artists of Utah is able to host 35 x 35 due to a generous offer by the Artspace Forum Gallery to curate an exhibit of young and emerging artists in its ample exhibition space near the Gateway project in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Arts Council and private donors have provided essential funds to make the exhibition possible. Artists of Utah made a call for entries last month to Artists thirty-five years or younger to submit works in all media and style for consideration in this exhibition.
The result is an eclectic exhibition featuring works of all sizes, media, style and subject matter from artists all along the Wasatch Front, Cache Valley and Park City. It may be hard to define this generation of artists, labeled the “X” generation by the media. For instance, a surprising number of entries dealt with the figure, though in no particular style. The entries ranged from academic interpretations to postmodernist collages and contemporary stylings of classical themes.
Works were chosen by a selection committee taken from the board of Artists of Utah, the Artspace Forum Gallery and invited members of the arts community. Three and two-dimensional works have been chosen and will be hung by a volunteer committee. Jurors from Utah’s visual arts community will be invited to choose three pieces for cash awards, to be announced the night of the reception, Friday, December 20th.
35 x 35 is being held as part of Artists of Utah’s mentoring program, designed to bring young or emerging artists into contact with more established artists in an attempt to provide them with helpful skills and information to assist them in their careers as professional artists. It will also provide the Utah public with a unique look at this generation of Utah artists. Our website, www.artistsofutah.org, will be featuring these artists on its home page over the next month.
Please join us Friday December 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. for an opening reception and Holiday party at the Artspace Forum Gallery, 511 West 200 South, SLC.
35 x 35 will run from December 20 until January 11th, Wednesday thru Saturday noon to 5 p.m..
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