A pair of chicken feet, fingers weaving wool, a spindle lying in the dirt, a handful of tortillas cooking on a comal.
For photographer Maruch Santíz Gómez, each of these day-to-day items represents a thread that, together, weave a uniquely intimate portrait of the lives, culture and traditions of her people, the Tzotzil Maya.
“It’s very similar to the process of weaving textiles. Textiles are complex; photography is complex, even more so when the digital age started,” Santíz, who is also a weaver and textile designer, said in Spanish. “The process of weaving has been forgotten. Only a few women still practice the natural process. … My interest is to recover ancient knowledge that is lost and forgotten.”
8/21 Salt Lake City Arts Council has announced that Amy Childress has joined their team as the Public Art Program Coordinator. A writer and book artist, Childress has a MA in Library Science and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa.
When Kate Jarman-Gates moved into the house on Salt Lake City’s west side that now hosts Clever Cucumber — a free art studio and workshop space — she found out that someone had left behind some hand-crafted stepping stones.
“A lot of them were actually buried on the property,” said Jarman-Gates, the one-woman show running Clever Cucumber.
Each is a kaleidoscopic mosaic of different colored stones, glass, and sometimes non-traditional craft objects — such as miniature utensils and beer bottle caps.
8/17 Utah Division of Arts & Museums has announced that Peter Hay has joined the staff as the new Visual Arts Coordinator. Hay grew up in Oklahoma and received an associate of arts degree from Northern Oklahoma College, a bachelor of arts degree from Northeastern State University, and a master of fine arts degree from Louisiana Tech University. He is co-founder of PROArtes México and was most recently a grant consultant with ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona. Previously, Peter was the gallery manager of Modern West in Salt Lake City, exhibits director of Durango Arts Center, art instructor with Pueblo Community College, artist/owner of Studio & Gallery in Durango, Colorado, and director of development and public relations for Living Arts of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
8/15 Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art has announced that Dr. Danielle Stewart has joined the museum’s staff as new Curator and Head of Academic Engagement. Dr. Stewart will work with faculty across campus to utilize the museum in their teaching and research, research the collection, curate exhibitions and serve as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design. Stewart completed her MPhil and PhD in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and her BA and MA degrees at Brigham Young University. She specializes in the modern and contemporary art of the Americas, aligning with the museum’s mission of modern and contemporary American Art from the western United States.
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