PRESS RELEASE/CALENDAR ALERT
September 9, 2010
For more information contact: Emily Brunt, Director of Communications
337 Project: Urban Gallery All-Star Face Off!
Brighter Colors! Taller Ladders! Bigger Crowds!
Nine Teams of Artists on Nine Garage Doors Competing for $2000 in Prize Money
Neighborhood House, September 17 and 18
Salt Lake City, Utah –337 Project presents Urban Gallery All-Star Face Off. The third iteration of the award-winning Urban Gallery series will feature nine teams of artists, each of which has been given a garage door and 18 hours to paint a masterpiece. The artists will be competing for $2000 in prize money that will be awarded both by a jury and the audience. The event runs September 17, noon to 7:00 PM, and September 18, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 2010, at Neighborhood House, 1050 West 500 South. This event is free and open to the public.
Urban Gallery All-Star Face Off isn’t just an exhibition; it’s a chance to witness some of Utah’s best artists at work. The artists will be on site creating their artworks for 18 hours over two days, and the audience is invited to join in the voting for their favorite creation anytime during the event. Free children’s art activity will be provided by Salt Lake Art Center on Saturday, September 18, from noon to 6:00 PM.
This year’s artists include: Spencer Barton; Alison Buck; Laura Boardman & Joey Behrens; Kier Defstar; Rachael Domingo; Veronica Perez; Zach Proctor, Lane Bennion, Richard Landvatter & Matt Larson; Tony Poulson; and Riktor.
“Very often the real magic of visual art is not the object that you see in a museum or gallery, but the process by which that object was created” said Adam Price, Executive Director of Salt Lake Art Center and Founder of 337 Project. “The Urban Gallery is a place for members of the public to come see nine teams of Utah’s best artists at work, all at the same time and all in the same place. We like to frame the event as a competition, landscape artist versus graffiti artist or figurative painter versus abstract expressionist, all duking it out for the prize money, but the truth is we are all coming down to support Neighborhood House and create a public place for the community to enjoy exciting art all year round. ”
Over the last three years, 337 Project has collaborated with Neighborhood House to transform an empty parking lot into a colorful place that is enjoyed by Neighborhood House clients and the public year round. Neighborhood House Executive Director Jacob Brace notes, “As a nonprofit provider of day care services, we constantly look for unique ways to build a community of caregivers and this event draws upon diverse groups.”
About Neighborhood House
Neighborhood House is a 501(c)3 charity that provides quality, affordable day care for children and adults, based on ability to pay. For 116 years, the services of Neighborhood House help families address the care, education and social needs of love ones. As the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit provider of care services, nearly 500 individuals are directly served by on an annual basis, by way of a sliding fee scale. www.nhutah.org
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. 337 Project is a program of Salt Lake Art Center.
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. Closed Sunday, Mondays and Holidays. Free parking for members available in the Marriott Hotel parking garage across the street. Admission is always free.
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Go West brings together approximately twenty contemporary artists who are engaged in an excavation of myths and ideologies of the old West. The exhibition is organized by Jill 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 Foundation.
Director of Communications
Salt Lake Art Center
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