Mind the Gap 

Friday, April 30 - Friday, May 28

If you want to know the up-and-coming local artistic styles, you could do a lot worse than the University of Utah’s MFA Candidates in Studio Art show. Each spring, it showcases the work of those who have worked their way through the rigors of the college’s program, which has long stressed classical composition and drafting skills as fundamentals to creating individual artistic expressions.

Among the baker’s dozen artists on display, one of the most remarkable is Tom Betts, whose hyper-real teacup paintings evoke a moment in time, a pause to consider not just the object but the exercise of making art itself. Michelle Kurtz is a master of portraiture who has also dabbled in experimental stick figures, displaying a stylistic versatility not always favored by instructors. Kirsti Ringger’s sculptures embody art history in their shapes that work on the auditory as well as visual senses. And, not to disregard the latest technology, Van Chu’s digital lenswork “Photographic Brushstroke” is also on display at the Salt Lake City Main Library.

Mind the Gap @ GARFO Art Center, 1838 S. 1500 East, 801-474-3796, April 30-May 28

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