Daily Bytes | Mixed Media

Doctorow Prize, Ben Wiemeyer, Ririe-Woodbury Director, Emily Fox King, James Rees, UVU Museum

Chie Fueki, “finally Bridget,” 2021, Acrylic and mixed media on mulberry paper on wood, 60 x 48 inches, Courtesy DC Moore Gallery

5/15 Chie Fueki Awarded Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting

UMOCA and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation have announced that the New York-based artist Chie Fueki has been awarded the 2023 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting. Chie Fueki (b. 1973) lives and works in Beacon, NY. Fueki was born in Yokohama, Japan, and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She earned her MFA at Yale University and her BFA at The Ringling College of Art and Design.

“Visually striking and intricate, Chie Fueki’s paintings picture contemporary life in spectacular motion. Created through a complex system of painting, drawing, cutting, and collaging onto wood panels, Fueki’s practice uses multi-layered ornamental surfaces and fields of color to depict figures, symbols, and abstracted spaces,” the press release reads.

A generous biannual prize made possible with funds from the Doctorow Foundation, the prize comes with a $15,000 unrestricted cash award and a solo exhibition of Fueki’s artwork at UMOCA from September 29, 2023 through January 6, 2024.


5/12 SLTRIB: After four years, this mansion turned museum opens to the public

It’s taken four years to turn a 39,000-square-foot private mansion into an art museum for people in Utah County and beyond to enjoy — and this weekend, people get to see it for themselves.

Utah Valley University’s new Museum of Art at Lakemount Manor will have its official opening Saturday, starting at noon. The museum occupies a huge mansion, nestled in a residential neighborhood in Orem, at 240 W. 1800 South.


5/9 Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Announces Thom Dancy as New Executive Director

From the press release: Dancy will assume the position on June 19, 2023, following the departure of current Executive Director, Jena C. Woodbury. In 2021, Woodbury announced her planned departure from the position, after serving for 12 years, in January of 2023. The Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Chairperson Roberta Schlicher, partnered with Pathway Associates, a local consulting firm that works with nonprofits and government entities on leadership transitions, to lead a thorough search process.

Dancy brings over 10 years of experience in the arts non-profit sector, having worked in almost every aspect including communications, outreach, fundraising, and leadership roles for dance companies across the United States. Since 2019, Dancy has served as the inaugural Executive Director of The Rosin Box Project in San Diego. Prior to The Rosin Box Project, Dancy had leadership roles at the Big Muddy Dance Company and Malashock Dance. Dancy is a former professional dancer and performed for Milwaukee Ballet II, Grand Rapids Ballet, The Big Muddy Dance Company, The Muny, and Malashock Dance.

“I am thrilled to build upon the legacy of intrepid founders Joan Woodbury and Shirley Ririe, and decades of committed leadership, and to join a dance community that is making a significant impact on the national arts scene,” said Dancy.

5/9 Southwest Contemporary: Brand New UVU Museum of Art Foregrounds Communities of Color

People of many backgrounds call Utah and Utah County home. Despite the state’s definitive white, Mormon majority, diverse people exist here—and so do their stories and experiences, however complicated by this hegemony.

As Utah Valley University Museum of Art nears the opening reception for its new space at Lakemount, its inaugural exhibitionThe Art of Belonging, creates a forum for diverse Utah-rooted artists to investigate what it means to belong. Explorations of “dis-belonging” also enable artists to query what it means to not belong—how it feels and what it looks like to be “othered” in addition to the ease of belonging outright.



5/4 K12 Art Chat: Episode 124: Renewing Your Creative Practice

Emily Fox King and James Rees

Nurturing your own creativity can be challenging, especially when you are charged with cultivating it in the minds of students and keeping them engaged in meaningful creating. No one understands that more than James Rees and Emily Fox King. James and Emily are professional artists. James is also a researcher and retired art educator. Both join The Creativity Department to discuss taking care of your creative practice as an art educator. Both bring their unique perspectives to this conversation sharing their experiences dealing with creative risk and being a professional artist, overcoming creative blocks, and more. Listen in to hear strategies you can use in and out of the art room.



5/3 SLUGMAG: Benjamin Wiemeyer: Painting the City Inside and Out

With his long, braided beard, Benjamin Wiemeyer is easy to spot in a crowd, and so is his art. Wiemeyer (who designed this month’s cover for SLUG) has been painting downtown for the past 25 years. Though his early marks were self-described as vandalism, Wiemeyer’s graffiti-style paintings are now paid for by the businesses they adorn—you may recognize his colorful work on Gallenson’s Gun ShopTaco Taco and Alt/Space. His piece on the back of Alt/Space depicts a galaxy scene reaching down to meet a warm-toned sky lined with treetops.


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