For Immediate Release
Driven From the State
An Exhibit of Art and Ideas
Salt Lake City, UT - Art Access Gallery is pleased to host Driven From the State: an Exhibit of Art and Ideas, dealing with immigration and displacement. The show will hang from January 5 through January 14, with an artists' reception on Friday, January 7, 2011 from 6 to 9 PM. Readings by journalists Scott Carrier and Chad Nielsen will begin at 7 PM.
This exhibition was recently added to Art Access' 2011 gallery schedule, in what is usually gallery down-time, because of its relevance to current public issues. The state legislature is expected to discuss an Arizona-style immigration law during the upcoming legislative session.
Organized by Nielsen, Jimmy Lucero and Alexander Ramos, Driven From the State: An Exhibit of Art and Ideas features the following artists: Juan Carlos Andrade, Ruby Chacón, Brittney Flores, Jimmy Lucero, Lee Madrid, Chad Nielsen, Carlos Perez, Veronica Perez and Alexander Ramos.
Carrier, author of Running After Antelope and a longtime contributor to NPR, will present a radio piece he recorded with Charles Bowden, elder statesmen among writers covering the US-Mexico border. Nielsen, who is writing his first book, has crossed both US borders as a freelance writer for Maxim and ESPN the Magazine.
The artists' statement for "Driven" begins this way: "In 1838, the governor of Missouri ordered that Mormons be exterminated or driven from the state. They fled, first to Illinois, then to Mexico, becoming the first illegal immigrants in the Salt Lake Valley. Now their descendants in the Utah legislature debate a similar law."
According to Nielsen and Lucero, this group of artists and writers intend to share alternate perspectives on immigration, setting the stage for thoughtful dialogue on a disruptive issue.
Art Access Gallery is located at 230 South 500 West, #125 in Salt Lake City. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10AM to 6PM. (Art Access Gallery and the VSA Utah office are closed 12/21/10 - 1/2/11. The office will re-open on Monday, January 3).
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