Bringing together the diverse mediums and perspectives of Department of Art & Art History faculty in one exhibition is a longstanding tradition for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Every two-to-three years, the Museum curates a collection of recent works to showcase the talent and vision of current faculty members. This year’s exhibition titled “New Narratives” features 31 artists and includes installations, ceramics, painting and drawing, intermedia, sculpture, and more.
Department Chair Brian Snapp said, “We get to share with the campus and community the collective creative energy and achievements of our nationally and internationally recognized faculty. What we are celebrating at the core of our creative research both as artists and teachers is our belief in the fundamental importance of the visual arts to humanity.”
The collaboration between the College of Fine Arts and the UMFA is another point of celebration. This exhibition is a strong representation of the supportive artistic community on the University of Utah campus.
Seeing the works of the faculty members in one collective space is a vibrant opportunity. Katie Lee Coven, director at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University and the guest curator of the exhibition said, “Using humor, metaphor, self-distortion, realistic representation, angst and the idea of a journey, these artists explore what it means to be human.”
“New Narratives” is now open and will run through Janaury 11. Some events of note include the open house on Nov. 12 from 4-8p.m., and gallery talks on Nov. 13 and 19 at 5:30p.m. and another on Nov. 21 as part of the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll at 6p.m.
Participating artists are Edward Bateman, Nolan Baumgartner, Susan Beck, Simon Blundell, Sandy Brunvand, Laurel Caryn, Van Chu, Lewis J. Crawford, Al Denyer, Justin Diggle, Stefanie Dykes, Dave Eddy, John Erickson, Lauren Gallaspy, Tom Hoffman, Holly K. Johnson, Lenka Konopasek, Beth Krensky, Kristina Lenzi, Naomi Marine, Joseph Marotta, V. Kim Martinez, Raymond Morales, Martin Novak, John O’Connell, Andrew Rice, Brian Snapp, Carol Sogard, Paul Stout, Maureen O’Hara Ure and Wendy Wischer.
U of U students always have free admission to the UMFA with a valid student ID.