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February 2005
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Artists of Utah News
New Programs


Artists of Utah has recently made some additions to artistsofutah.org.

COLLECTORS CORNER: Similar to the Forum section, Collector Corner allows collectors of Utah art to trade information, research artists, and post images of their collections.

The Deceased Artists of Utah directory at the Corner is an Encyclopedia-style listing of deceased artists who lived or worked in Utah. Each artist entry has a list of websites featuring the artists to direct researchers. If you know of a website with a Utah artist, please forward the information to us.

In the near future we will also be adding an Ex-Pat Artists of Utah list for those living artists associated with Utah who no longer reside here.

The Collector Corner announcement board allows people in and out of Utah to discuss Utah artists. Collectors hoping to find more information on a piece or artist may post a query to the community.

Artists of Utah will also provide web space at the Collector Corner for collectors who would like to post images of artwork from their collection. We hope this service will aid researchers and scholars as well as broaden the visual vocabulary of the general public.

REVIEWS AT THE FORUM

We have added a new "Reviews" section to our forum. This allows any member of the community to post reviews of exhibitions in Utah. The reviews can be one line or twenty pages and can be entered at any time.


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Public Issues
Utah's Art and Politics

An uninformed visitor to Utah's state capitol building might think Christo had come to town. Not so. Beneath the wrapped dome of the capitol building, the murals are being restored while our state legislators spend a couple of months debating the financial and legislative needs of the state.

What follows is a cursory account of the state of the arts in the state during this political period.

NEW ARTS DIRECTOR

The biggest news for the state, of course, is the election of a new governor, Jon Huntsman, Jr. Huntsman almost immediately began shaking things up -- Trumpesque style. Along with a number of other government appointed leaders, Utah Arts Council director, Frank McEntire, was told to box up his desk, write a letter of resignation and bring it with him to a meeting with the governor to find out if he still had a job.

We don't know if the governor has a catch phrase like "You're fired," but McEntire was told his resignation was accepted and he was escorted out the building.

McEntire came to the directorship of the Arts Council in January of 2003, after the retirement of Bonnie Stephens, who led the Council for eleven years.

Shortly after McEntire's resignation, the governor's office announced their new appointment to the directorship: Margaret Hunt. During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Hunt served as Salt Lake City's director of Community and Economic Development. In addition to being a community activist, Hunt is a fine artist who shows locally with Utah Artist Hands.

CAPITOL HILL

Representative Sheryl Allen, Bountiful, has considered introducing a bill that would allow a tax credit for artwork donated to the state's collection. Some have expressed concern that the tax credit could be abused. We think that the bill, if introduced, should have an attachment appropriating a pay increase for the Utah Arts Council staff that would have to deal with the number of Sunday painters looking for a tax break. As for most of the working artists in the state, there is little worry -- only a few make enough to justify itemizing their taxes.

Both houses have passed a bill defining the Utah Museumof Fine Arts as "a state general and multicultural art museum and a repository of art and related objects for the people of Utah." No monies were appropriated for the bill. So, what the was the purpose? We're hoping someone will fill us in.


But there is real money on the table.

An appropriations bill being considered would mean an increased $200,000 to the Utah Arts Council grants budget. Utah has an increasing number of eligible non-profits seeking funds. Many of these organizations are major tourist attractions in their areas but they are funded on a fraction of their operating budets. The Arts Council has lost approximately $328,000 in their grants budgets since FY 2002.

The Economic Development & Human Resources Appropriation Subcommittee is also considering a one-time Utah Arts Council $100,000 appropriation to conserve art in the Alice Fine Art Collection, and a one-time $80,000 appropriation to promote for the commemorative quarter. Tourism funding of $10 million and the Office of Museum Services $1 million on-going appropriation for grant budget being considered could also affect the visual arts community. The Subcommittee will be holding a meeting Monday, February 7 at 2:00 pm in Room W140. The public is encouraged to attend and express their views on these appropriations.

for more go to the UCA legislative guide.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

The Americans for the Arts Action Fund created a report card for 2004, assigning points to States and state representatives based on their votes in favor of pro-arts legislation. Utah's representatives received the following scores/grades:

Rob Bishop 15/D

Jim Matheson 92/A

Chris Cannon 1/F

The same organization reports that Salt Lake County initiative reauthorizing the ZAP tax passed with 71% of the vote. The County-based tax generates $15 million for distribution. Tooele City passed a similar park and arts oriented tax by 57%.

The Legislature is still in session. We will try to update this article over the month with new developments.


 

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On the Spot

Fletcher Booth on the spot:

Fletcher Booth

WHAT ARE YOU READING LATELY?

espn.com

WHAT IS HANGING ABOVE YOUR MANTEL?

My favorite baseball player from Oklahoma is Mickey Mantle.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ANY ARTST, LIVING OR DEAD, TO PAINT OR SCULPT YOUR PORTRAIT WHO WOULD IT BE?

Yeah right, I'd like to see a dead artist create a portrait. But if I had to choose it would be George Brett, though he's still alive.


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