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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Untitled exhibition at the Rio Gallery April 6 – May 3, 2012

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For immediate release                Alyssa Hickman Grove, 801.533.5760
28 March 2012                           Constituent Relations & Media, Utah Arts & Museums

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.386.4755
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Community and Culture

Untitled exhibition at the Rio Gallery April 6 – May 3, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums will open the exhibition Untitled on Friday, April 6 at the Rio Gallery. A public reception will be held in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll on Friday, April 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will continue through May 3 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.

The exhibition addresses the roles titles play in how we experience art. When approaching a painting in a museum or gallery, reading the title may or may not be one of the first things you do, which begs the question: Does the title affect our perceptions of an artwork? How necessary are titles when it comes to art? Many artists find it a bother and use the default “Untitled” when it comes time to label their work. Perhaps they want the work to speak for itself and let the viewer decide what it means to them.

Back by popular demand, this is Utah Arts & Museums’ fourth biannual Untitled exhibition. Instead of a title, each artwork comes with a pile of tags that invite visitors to examine the piece and then jot down what they think it should be called. Curator Namon Bills chose 30 artists. “I think we've got a great group of artists this year,” he said. “They work in a wide range of styles and media, and it should be a lot of fun for the public to suggest titles for these pieces. The Untitled show will have something for everyone — except, of course, titles.”

“We’re always looking for new ways for the public to involve themselves directly with art,” said Rio Gallery Manager Laura Durham. “They often don’t realize how they are affected by the images around them. This exhibition forces them to think about it, put it on paper, and share it with everyone else. It’s also an unconventional and anonymous way for artists to get honest feedback about their work. Who knows? Maybe an artist will keep a patron’s title.”

For more information, contact Rio Gallery Manager Laura Durham at 801.533.3582, ldurham@utah.gov, or visit 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
Constituent Relations & Media
Utah Arts & Museums
617 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone: 801.533.5760

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