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For immediate release Alyssa Hickman Grove, 801.533.5760
9 February 2012 Arts Education Coordinator, Utah Arts & Museums
Geoffrey Fattah, 801.386.4755
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Community and Culture
Redux: Five Fellowship Artists Revisited
exhibition at the Rio Gallery
Feb. 17 through Mar. 30, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums will open the exhibition Redux: Five Fellowship Artists Revisited on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Rio Gallery. A public reception will be held that evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition will continue until Mar. 30 during state office hours, which are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The Rio Gallery is located at 300 S. Rio Grande Street (455 West) in Salt Lake City. Admission is free.
For more than 25 years, Utah Arts & Museums has awarded two fellowships annually to outstanding professional artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. For the first time, we are looking back at these artists to exhibit their work and showcase how this prestigious award has advanced their careers. The exhibition will feature five fellowship recipients: Susan Cotter (1992), James Charles (1995 and 2012), Jane Catlin (2000), Gary Barton (2001), and Madison Smith (2005).
For Susan Cotter, purchasing equipment for her printing and bookmaking took years to accomplish. “Bit by bit, I found and purchased equipment as I could afford to—a printing press, paper cutter, small tools—but the fellowship windfall allowed me to quickly complete my letterpress studio setup. Suddenly I could buy much-needed flat files and type cabinets, but, most important and most expensive of all, many fonts of new lead type in a range of faces and sizes. No more worn, nicked, old used type with only two typeface options and never enough “h”s. It was a dream come true!”
Jane Catlin says the award came at the perfect time in her career. “It confirmed my belief in myself as a painter and subsequently led to a number of solo exhibition opportunities, including invitational exhibitions at the Gail Art Museum in South Korea and Togonon Gallery in San Francisco, CA. On top of this, I believe that my being awarded a Jackson Pollock grant in 2002-03 was helped in no small measure by the recognition afforded me by receiving the Visual Art Fellowship.”
For 2005 recipient Madison Smith, the fellowship boosted his confidence soon after finishing graduate school and encouraged him to continue making art. “The money I received gave me the space I needed to work (I was able to build a studio) and allowed me the time I needed. Besides the financial support, the exposure and press were also beneficial.”
The exhibition will feature their recent work, along with text explaining the importance of the fellowship award in their careers. For more information, contact Rio Gallery Manager Laura Durham at 801.533.3582, email@example.com, or visit Utah Arts & Museums at artsandmuseums.utah.gov. More information on the gallery is also available at riogallery.org.
About Utah Arts & Museums
Utah 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.
Alyssa Hickman Grove
Arts Education Program Coordinator
Utah Division of Arts & Museums/Utah Arts Council
617 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102