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Triple Threat: Salt Lake Art Center Curator Micol Hebron

Artist, writer, curator—they’re all useful roles.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Aug 30,2010 - There is an art to wearing different hats—especially when those hats are in the arts ...

Visual Art

Copper Palate Press

Copper Palate joins the vibrant artistic community of Salt Lake City printmakers.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Jan 6,2010 - As printmaking has asserted a stronger presence in Salt Lake City’s art scene, more new enterprises have joined the established outlets.

City Guide

25 Utah Artists to Watch

Salt Lake City’s art community is truly exceptional.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Jan 4,2010 - It’s exciting to see a number of Utah artists push the state’s contemporary image.

Visual Art

The Curating Game

UMFA’s Jill Dawsey works to balance celebrating Western art with exploring the world.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Jul 8,2009 - Although she has been in Salt Lake City for more than a year, Jill Dawsey-- curator of modern and contemporary art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts--is now beginning to assert her presence in the local art world ...

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Taken for Granted

Funding snags at Utah Arts Council add to budget woes for local visual arts.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Mar 25,2009 - In these lean times, everyone is tightening the belt. With budget cuts and funding deficits encroaching from all sides, the nonprofit sector faces sizeable hurdles. When businesses are scrambling to survive, and disposable income contracts, it seems that the artsand their corresponding nonprofit organizationsare hit hard.

Arts & Entertainment

Visual Art | Point and Shoot: Saans Gallery’s Holga show gives photography some retro action.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Dec 17,2008 - The digital age has several implications for photography: more technical manipulative control, instant results and the elimination of darkroom developing. These developments have simultaneously decreased demand for—and pushed the envelope of—fine-art photography. The Holga Show 2008 at Saans Gallery takes photo art back a couple decades to the age of toy cameras—which, in the mid...

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Visual Art | Real Time: An international online artists’ collective brings its diverse work to Provo.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Nov 26,2008 - The thing about experiencing art via digital media—digitized images, the Web—is that it is a viewing experience once removed. “It’s silly for visual art you’re supposed to see in person,” says Jason Metcalf, co-director of the Sego Art Center in downtown Provo. nThe current international juried show Visual Identities/Real Space is co-sponsored by ArtBistro.com&m...

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Visual Art | First (Amendment) Things First: Visual artists and writers collaborate to explore civil-liberties controversies.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Nov 5,2008 - What are your First Amendment rights? Are they exercised regularly, or are they lazy, flabby and neglected? The current Salt Lake Art Center exhibition Liberties Under Fire—in accordance with its mission to educate about “civil, social, and aesthetic issues affecting society”—pairs acclaimed artists with local writers in collaboration with the ACLU of Utah to examine our fi...

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A&E | Changing Direction: New Salt Lake Art Center director Heather Ferrell looks to advance a shifting local art scene.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Jul 30,2008 - Salt Lake City is a growing midsize city and along with that growth comes new exposure, expansion and strengthening of existing communities and districts, and—most exciting of all—change. Currently, Salt Lake City is undergoing significant...

Visual Art

Visual Art | Prints Charming: Signed & Numbered’s limited edition inventory serves art collectors on a budget

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Jun 11,2008 - Isn’t it fun havin’ stuff other people can’t have … or at least only a select few? It makes gifts, records, cars and art one-of-a-kinds or limited editions special, and more coveted. Same goes for independent local businesses—you...

Visual Art

Visual Art | Sweet Indulgence: Springville hosts a high-calorie retrospective on modern-art master Wayne Thiebaud

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Apr 16,2008 - “I’m not going to talk about art, because I don’t know what that is,” said the man whose work is among the most noteworthy modern art of the 20th century. What an opening statement for an artist of his stature to deliver. On March...

Visual Art

Visual Arts | Face to Face: Suflita’s portraits take on unique contextual meaning

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Mar 19,2008 - Any string, particle, mark or individual viewed in isolation appears very different from the large form of which it is a component. Lines coalesce to make a drawing; people make a group. Jennifer Suflita’s exhibition of etchings and drypoint prints...

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Visual Arts | Creek Art: Artists congregate in a fascinating East Bench setting.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Nov 14,2007 - Old buildings, especially those with rich histories and original façades, make the most illustrious art studios. Why the hell, then, do so many old buildings face the imminent threat of being leveled or converted into luxury condos? The answer...

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Magazines: Finders Keepers

The creators of Found magazine bring discarded bits of communication back to life.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Oct 10,2007 - Some selected definitions of the surprisingly multifaceted word find: (v. tr.) 1. To come upon, often by accident; meet with. 2. To perceive (oneself) to be in a specific place or condition 3. To recover the use of; regain. (n.) Something that is found,...

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Now Voyage

Visual Arts: Salt Lake Art Center’s Leipzig exhibit takes viewers on a trip through vital contemporary works.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Aug 8,2007 - Despite being sandwiched between two high-traffic downtown gathering spots—the Salt Palace Convention Center and Abravanel Hall—the Salt Lake Art Center is largely and mysteriously an underused cultural attraction. And right now, it happens...

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Treasure Chest

Laura Besterfeldt turns nipples into art'for a good cause.

By Cara Despain
POSTED // Jun 18,2007 - At first glance, people with their chests and breasts exposed'lathered in oil and drizzled with hot wax'seems erotic. Walking into this very situation in the front room of Laura Besterfeldt’s apartment is instantly intriguing, to say the least....
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