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Monday, August 2, 2010

Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Ascending Exhibit @ SL Art Center (SLC: Aug 6 - Oct 30)

Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Ascending
Photographing the Dreams and Expectations of Girlhood

Salt Lake Art Center, Street Level Gallery, August 6-October 30

Salt Lake City, Utah – Salt Lake Art Center presents Girl Ascending, the photographs of Melissa Ann Pinney, in the Street Level Gallery August 6 through October 30, 2010. Melissa Ann Pinney will speak as part of the Art Center’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Friday, September 24 at 7:00 PM. See www.slartcenter.org for details on how to become a member and join us for a special member’s reception with the artist that evening.

Grounded in attentive observation of the world, Chicago-based photographer, Melissa Ann Pinney reveals how dreams and expectations of girlhood are constructed and communicated between mothers and daughters, society and friends. She intimately portrays her daughter, Emma, growing up and becoming an adolescent, providing fresh insights into her day to day life with family, friends and neighbors. One of eight children from a large, Catholic family, the artist has always been drawn to scenes of family that also express her interest in ritual, mystery and memory. While her photographs capture seemingly insignificant moments from a girl’s daily world, they signify mythic and heroic themes of the vital transformation that takes place when a girl enters into womanhood.

About Salt Lake Art Center

Founded in 1931 and located just steps from Temple Square, award-winning Salt Lake Art Center is one of the region’s hidden gems, sporting three gallery spaces, an outdoor sculpture patio, screening room/lecture hall, resource library, and classroom spaces. Throughout its history, Salt Lake Art Center has exhibited works by leading artists ranging from local favorites LeConte Stewart, Alvin Gittins, and Anna Campbell Bliss to internationally known artists such as Diego Rivera, Andy Warhol, Gary Hill and Sophie Matisse. Exhibiting the best contemporary visual art from around the world, the Art Center provides its visitors with an opportunity to explore the human experience in ways that are both exciting to the senses and deeply thought-provoking. The Art Center rounds out its offerings with a lively mix of community presentations, film screenings, educational classes, and events celebrating the vibrant local art scene.

Art Center Location, Hours, and Parking

Salt Lake Art Center is located at 20 South West Temple at the corner of 100 South on West Temple between Abravanel Hall and Salt Palace Convention Center. Telephone (801) 322-4323. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Art Center has extended public hours during Contemporary Masters to include Sundays through September 12, from noon to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and Holidays. Free parking for members available in the Marriott Hotel parking lot across the street. Admission is always free.

Current Exhibitions

The Main Gallery (downstairs) is open through September 18 with Contemporary Masters, the fully-playable miniature golf course designed by artists. See our blog at saltlakeartcenter.wordpress.com for more information.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Go West brings together [approximately] twenty contemporary artists who are engaged in an excavation of myths and ideologies of the old West. Exhibition is guest curated by Jull Dawsey, Acting Chief Curator, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and runs in the Main Gallery October 8, through January 9, 2011.

Thank You to Our Sponsors for Making it Possible

Salt Lake Art Center is generously supported by Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks, Utah Arts Council, George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Kanter Family Foundation, American Express, Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, and Sam and Diane Stewart.


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