Five presentations are included in this exhibition and represent the professional pursuits of these exceptional Utah artists. These works include a diversity of disciplines, styles and media investigation. This exhibition stands as the final step in the selection of the Visual Arts Fellowship Awards in which two artists, as selected by the juror Fay Jones, receive $5,000 Fellowships.
The Utah Arts Council: A View of Nine, Fellowship Finalists in the Visual Arts. Amy Adams; Jennifer Hillam Barton; Drex Brooks; Wayne Chubin; Downy Doxey-Marshall; Andrew Glantz; Brian Kershisnik; Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu & Joseph Ostraff; Kaiti Slater.
Modeled after a dynamic program developed by the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Not Just Another Pretty Face encourages a new, diverse group of people to envision themselves as patrons of contemporary art, while cultivating lasting relationships between artists and patrons. As part of the NJPAF program, patrons can meet artists, visit their studios, follow their careers and garner inspiration from their creative insights, ideas and art-making processes. It is through this personal relationship that Not Just Another Pretty Face encourages active and enthusiastic patronage. Artists who received commissions worked collaboratively with patrons. While the program title, Not Just Another Pretty Face, implies portraiture as the primary subject, artists and patrons were encouraged to consider traditional representation as well as artworks that push past conventional forms. And in this project, participants created new relationships that required both artists and patrons to consider how art could become a personal and shared vision. Exhibition held in the Street Gallery space.
In 2013, Salt Lake Community College rolled out the red carpet for its new state-of-the-industry Center for Arts and Media, serving about 9,000 students with 17 programs under one roof as part of the School of Arts and Communication.Located at the school's South City Campus in Salt Lake City, the Center's emphasis is a strong focus in digital arts. Instructors are training students for jobs in animation, illustration, photography, film, TV, video and radio production, web design, visual art and design, virtual technologies, music and digital sound technology, computer graphics, gaming and electronic publishing. "I believe it can change the landscape of how we in higher education nurture our students toward either transferable degrees with our sister USHE (Utah System of Higher Education) institutions or the vibrant industry within the digital disciplines," said SLCC School of Arts, Communication and Media Dean Richard Scott. "A facility like this will enable us to provide world class, industry standard experiences for the state's digital student."