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Thursday, June 9, 2011

DesignArts Utah '11 Exhibit @ Rio Gallery (SLC: June 17 - July 28)

For immediate release
June 8, 2011

Utah designers selected for DesignArts Utah ’11 exhibition
at the Rio Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY — DesignArts Utah ’11, a juried exhibition highlighting the work of architects and designers currently living in Utah, will open June 17 and run through July 28, 2011 at the Rio Gallery, 300 S. Rio Grande (455 West) in Salt Lake City. A reception for the designers, guests and public will be held on June 17th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rio Gallery during the Salt Lake Gallery Association’s monthly Gallery Stroll.

Designs, prototypes, and produced samples submitted by Utah designers for the annual DesignArts Utah exhibition are chosen by a professional design artist juror and curated by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

The 2011 juror is Stuart Karten of Stuart Karten Design in Los Angeles, California. Karten reviewed 31 projects from 16 Utah designers and selected the following for inclusion in DesignArts Utah ‘11:

Rustin Ostler / Kilterdesign Industrial / furniture design
Design BuildBLUFF Architecture
David Morgan Industrial / furniture design
Carol Sogard / Visual Think Graphic and product design
Axis Architects Architecture
Diamond Phillips Environment design
Theodore Espiritu Design Industrial / product design
Infinite Scale Design Group Environment design

The H-House architecture project by Axis Architects of Salt Lake City is the Juror’s Award Design Winner.

The juror, Stuart Karten, founded design and innovation consultancy Stuart Karten Design (SKD) in 1984 with the goal of “connecting creativity and commerce,” helping companies develop award-winning products that achieve measurable business results. Mr. Karten and his team of 25 designers, researchers and engineers have completed a diverse range of projects for Fortune 500 clients in the medical device, consumer electronics, transportation and housewares industries. SKD’s work has won more than 100 of design’s most important awards globally, including IDEA, red dot, Good Design and the Cooper-Hewitt People’s Design Award, and has been featured in exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

For more information, visit artsandmuseums.utah.gov or contact Wendi Hassan, Communications Specialist, at whassan@utah.gov or 801.860.6396.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

About the Design Arts Program
The Design Arts Program of the Division of Arts & Museums is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah, striving to help the citizens of the state see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us. More information is available at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov. Select areas of interest then visual arts & exhibitions and scroll down to design arts.

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