SUU’s ART INSIGHTS TO HOST
PROMINENT UTAH SPIRITUAL ARTIST
J. KIRK RICHARDS
DECEMBER 5, 2013
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Utah artist J. Kirk Richards is a favorite among admirers of contemporary spiritual artwork. His love of the textural, poetic, and mysterious gives him a unique perspective on traditional Judeo-Christian themes. Richards is best known for his contributions to the BYU Museum of Art and to Helen Whitney’s PBS Frontline Documentary The Mormons: An American Experience. He will be the featured artist in SUU’s Department of Art & Design’s weekly series, Art Insights on December 5, 2013. The presentation will take place in Section JK of SUU’sCentrum Arena on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 7pm. Admission is free and the general public is encouraged to attend.
J. Kirk Richards’ work is found in private collections throughout the country, but has also been a subject of 70 solo and group exhibitions Utah, Tennessee, Virginia, and Arizona. His work has been incorporated as cover and content illustrations in contemporary magazines and books; additionally, Richards wrote and illustrated the 2007 National Best Books award-winning children’s book, The Big Move. His Arts Insights presentation will explore his imagery and career, including how his career has developed through specific choices, techniques, and tools—tools that any emerging or established artist can choose to implement in his or her own careers.
Art Insights is a weekly program hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art and Design faculty. Students and community members meet to experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights and attend gallery openings. Admission is free, and the general public is invited to attend.
This installment of Art Insights is a perfect opportunity for southern Utah artists and residents to acquire skills and tools thatJ. Kirk Richards has put to use in his successful contemporary art career. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE
Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts is home to nationally-accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts, and Dance. The College offers 17 degrees, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, professional Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre, and Arts Administration Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. It houses the Center for Shakespeare Studies, which offers a degree minor. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff teach and mentor over 550 arts majors. Over 1100 students enroll each year in more than 195 arts classes. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions annually. Its affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS: SUU’s ART INSIGHTS PRESENTS ONE OF UTAH’S PROMINENT, SPIRITUAL ARTISTS J. KIRK RICHARDS
WHAT: Utah Artist J. Kirk Richards will share his work and stories from his career to entertain and inform emergingand established Southern Utah artists
WHO: Art Insights, Southern Utah University, Department of Art and Design
WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 2013
WHERE: Centrum Arena, Section JK, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
INFO: Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts
PRICES: Free and the General Public is encouraged to attend.