Two curators gathered a list of 10,000 American artists with the help of gallery owners, artists, and educators. That list was then narrowed to about 600 artists and a team of curators hit the road, visiting artists in their home environments to observe and discuss their work. What came from this yearlong curatorial experience is “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.” Department of Art & Art History Assistant Professor Lauren Gallaspy was one of these select artists whose work sparked interest for consideration—and whose ceramic works are now part of the 102 artist exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“The curators wanted to find under-seen and under-exposed art, from artists in places besides New York or Los Angeles,” Professor Gallaspy said.

"one need not be a house to be haunted" (Lauren Gallaspy) featured work in State of the Art exhibition

"one need not be a house to be haunted" (Lauren Gallaspy) featured work in State of the Art exhibition

The exhibition has a sense of mystery because the artists are unsure how their names and work appeared on the original list of 10,000. Gallaspy said she admires the exhibition’s purpose to expose and advance relatively unknown artists.  

“Being in ceramics, I am used to my art being affiliated with craft. But that is part of the work, engaging with those ideas of being overlooked—it has an element of subversiveness to it—to sneak into these worlds and to be in that space,” she said.

Professor Gallaspy was also impressed by the magnitude of interest the curators showed in the details. They asked her not just about her ceramics work, but her poetry work as well. “Their enthusiasm for the whole person who makes up the work was moving,” she said.

"the parts they keep apart" (Lauren Gallaspy) featured work in State of the Art exhibition

"the parts they keep apart" (Lauren Gallaspy) featured work in State of the Art exhibition

Being part of this large exhibition has provided Gallaspy time to reflect. She said seeing the range of works and the power in the pieces felt like an honor and a surprise, to be part of it. Gallaspy attended the opening reception, where more than 1,200 people came together to view the exhibition.


“Seeing artists see art, seeing the process and connecting to the show was powerful,” she said.

“State of the Art” runs through Jan. 19, 2015. Professor Gallaspy has three pieces in the show. We are thrilled to see Professor Gallaspy part of such an incredible exhibition and for the well deserved exposure of her work.  

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Brett Runnion, Lena May-Fraser, Kira Jones Photo by: Brent Rowland

Brett Runnion, Lena May-Fraser, Kira Jones
Photo by: Brent Rowland

College of Fine Arts students: have you been wondering how to declare your major or minor? Wondering what classes you have to take? Or how to apply for graduation (Spring 2015 graduation application deadline is November 1)?

We’ve got good news for you.

As a student in the College of Fine Arts, you have many people here to support you. And among them are Academic Advisors, who can help you make the most of your experience at the U.

Here’s the scoop:

Academic advisors are educators and problem solvers who advocate for students as they navigate their personal journeys through higher education and reach their academic goals. Through inclusion and connection, academic advisors open doors to new opportunities for self-awareness and growth, empowering students to define their roles as citizens within local and global communities.

Here in the College of Fine Arts we have a two-tiered advising structure that includes college-wide advisors and departmental advisors. In some majors, your College of Fine Arts advisor is the same as your departmental advisor and in others it may be different. Regardless of how your major organizes academic advising, the Academic Advisors are here to help you be successful.

We are pleased to welcome our newest Academic Advisor, Brett Runnion (MS Applied Psychology, Montana State University – Bozeman, 2009) from Montana. Brett is a Departmental Advisor for Film & Media Arts, Ballet, and Modern Dance, and a College of Fine Arts advisor for students in all academic units.

Meet all of our advisors here.

College of Fine Arts Advisors help you to:

  • Learn about University graduation requirements, including general education and bachelor's degree requirements
  • Connect with University opportunities and resources, including other majors and minors that might interest you
  • Navigate University policies and procedures

Click here to make an appointment!

Departmental Advisors can help you to:

  • Learn about the course requirements for your major
  • Connect with departmental opportunities and resources
  • Navigate departmental polices and procedures

Still want to know more? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions section on the CFA website. 

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The School of Music celebrates the legacy of Maurice Abravanel with the Camerata Awards Concert Gala, Red Night with the Utah Symphony & Opera, and the University of Utah McKay Music Library project to digitize his Mahler scores.

 Abravanel is a recipient of the 2014 School of Music Camerata Award, bestowed for contributions by musicians and patrons of the arts to the University of Utah and the broader community. The School of Music honors two Camerata Award recipients each year at a private dinner and public concert; this year’s concert will be on November 7. Highlights of the evening include performances by U of U choirs conducted by Barlow Bradford, and the Utah Philharmonia conducted by Robert Baldwin.

 On November 14, the Utah Symphony will present Red Night, a celebration of all who studied under Maurice Abravanel. The symphony will offer discounted tickets for U of U students, alumni, faculty, and staff (with the promo code REDNIGHT) for their performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “The Resurrection,” conducted by Thierry Fisher.  The Utah Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

The School of Music’s Faculty music librarian Lisa Chaufty will give a Fridays w/Faculty lecture on October 24, discussing the newly created Abravanel Studio Digital Collection and the digitization of Maurice Abravanel’s Mahler scores. For her talk, she will focus on Abravanel's score for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, which will be uploaded to the digital collection during the week of Utah Symphony’s performance of the same symphony. Chaufty will time the release of each digital score of the Mahler symphonies with their performance by the Utah Symphony in an effort to tie the digital scores to Utah’s cultural life, and to continually re-celebrate the legacy of Maurice Abravanel over the course of the Utah Symphony’s two-year Mahler cycle.

 A world-class conductor, Abravanel’s contribution to the arts in Utah is immeasurable. After conducting the Balanchine Ballet in Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Abravanel accepted a post as music director of the Utah Symphony in 1947. Over the next 30 years, he raised the symphony to international prominence. “Maestro Abravanel is the quintessential example of a maestro who came to build an orchestra but who also ended up laying the cornerstone for professional arts in Utah,” conductor Robert Baldwin says. “His legacy can be measured well beyond the ground-breaking Mahler recordings.  Every musician in Utah owes him a great debt for paving the way to artistic excellence.”

Thirteen High School Conservatory students from the Youth Theatre program attended the 38th annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University earlier this month and came home with five incredible awards. 

This competition, which is the capstone experience for the summer apprenticeship, gives junior and high school students from around the nation a chance to present material from Shakespearean literature in various artistic forms. The works are adjudicated by various professionals and experts who also offer various workshops for the attendees.

Youth Theatre Conservatory won many awards, among them were:

Courtesy of Youth Theatre

Courtesy of Youth Theatre

·      1st Place Ensemble Scene in our Division (15 Youth Programs from Utah and other parts of the Country) for THE RAPE OF LUCRECE

·      2nd Place Dance Ensemble in our Division for UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE

·      2nd Place Overall in Music Minstrels for FULL FATHOM FIVE

·      2nd Place Overall in Improv (Ye Olde Improv Competition)

·      3rd Place Sweepstakes - Total Acting points

Congratulations to the students and to Artistic Director Penny Caywood!

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