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January 2015
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Photo Essay
What's New
Plans for 2015 from Utah artists

With the dawn of the New Year, 15 Bytes was curious (and thought you would be, too) about what familiar artists around the state were up to in 2015. So we asked them to tell us, and furnish a photograph in support of their statement – a shot of the studio in disarray, a pic of a painting, a selfie of the artist at work.

Some have shows they’re preparing for; some are striking out in new directions (larger, smaller, new materials, new genres); some are simply contemplating their work and wondering where to go next.

These  ”What’s New” items are running in our Daily Bytes blog all month. We've had to edit these (full text will appear on the blog) and some haven't come in yet, so keep checking back daily.

Inside the Vault: Works from Public Art Collections
She is the Hostess
Martha Rasmussen Harding's "Up the Stairs/Down the Stairs"

This work from the State of Utah's Fine Art Collection is currently on view at the Utah State Capitol building until March 13th. The work is paint and collage on masonite and paper in the shape of a house and tree. Its odd angles and unique construction make it a little more delicate than a framed painting on canvas. For this reason, the work has not traveled or been exhibited as frequently as other pieces in the State's collection, offering visitors to the Capitol a unique opportunity to see it in their beautiful 4th floor gallery. 

Many symbols are present in Harding's paintings: double doors on a house are the double standards of the world, vertical lines are symbols of stability created by parents, floating figures are symbols of the child's imaginary world, bright colors are symbols of the happiness of families, the colored underpainting allowed to show through in areas are symbols of the unexpected happenings in life and the family. Her imagery-filled canvases are due to her desire to please everyone —like a hostess at a family reunion trying to help everyone have a good time. She is the hostess of the canvas.

Artists of Utah News
Are You Our Next Intern?
15 Bytes is looking for our 2015 editorial intern

The 15 Bytes Editorial Intern is an important part of our organization, helping to make 15 Bytes and our Daily Bytes possible. The intern works directly with the 15 Bytes editorial staff to produce, edit and layout content in our publications.

You'll be working with Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Wordpress and other online publication platforms, learning important skills that will be valuable to a variety of employers. You'll also be working in the coolest field around — the arts.

Applicants must be able to work well on their own initiative, play well with others (the public and our volunteer writers and photographers) and be able to produce on a deadline. Strong writing skills and familiarity with Adobe's Creative Suite or Final Cut Pro is preferred but not required. Total number of hours is flexible. It is possible the internship will lead to a paid position.

If you're interested, please email 15 Bytes editor Shawn Rossiter at editor@artistsofutah.org and include any qualifications, current schooling and specific goals to achieve from the internship.

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors

Lisa BickmoreLisa Bickmore Lisa Bickmore's work has been published in Terrain, Tar River Poetry, Caketrain, Split Rock Review, Menagerie, Sugarhouse Review, and elsewhere. Her book flicker won the 2014 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press. She teaches writing at Salt Lake Community College.

Jared ChristensenJared Christensen grew up in North Ogden, Utah and graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. He continues to explore his art and exhibit locally, and currently works for 15 Bytes and for Tanner Frames in Salt Lake City.

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.

Julie DunkerJulie Dunker is an artist and teacher living and working in Salt Lake City. She holds an MFA degree in Painting from the Claremont Colleges and has had solo exhibitions in Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA.

Laura DurhamLaura Durham, a Utah native with a BA in Art History from BYU, worked for the Utah Arts Council for over a decade as the Visual Arts Coordinator, managing the Rio Gallery and coordinating traveling exhibits. She is currently working on Marketing and Public Value for Utah Arts & Museums. She's assistant editor of 15 Bytes as well as managing music editor.

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.

Alexa MorganAlexa Verdugo Morgan is a St. George-based freelance writer and photographer with a career spanning about 5 years. Her work has appeared in numerous online and print publications, including the Mainstreet Business Journal of Southern Utah, St. George Health and Wellness Magazine, Southern Utah Youth Sports Magazine, The Independent, and St. George News.

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.

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.

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

Mixed Media: Terrece Beesley
opy Editor: Ann Poore

You can contact 15 Bytes at editor@artistsofutah.org

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