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In Memoriam: Salt Lake City
Tom Mulder (1938-2008)

Local Salt Lake City artist J. Thomas Mulder passed away just before Thanksgiving. Mulder was born to Dr. William and Gweneth Gates Mulder in Salt Lake City in 1939 and spent most of his life in the city.

Mulder earned a BA from the University of Utah in 1957, and spent three years living with his family in India where he attended Nizam College in Hyderabad , India. He also attended the University of California at Fresno, and earned an MFA from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1977.

Until his death Mulder lived in the Avenues of Salt Lake City (and was this year's featured artist for their annual Street Fair) and maintained a studio at Captain Captain Studios.

Mulder worked in oils and acrylics, and his works were characterized by their emphasis on design, form, color, and light. He is known for his landscapes and street scenes incorporating figures. His paintings are recognized for their richness of color and simplified forms that bring to mind the Regionalists of the 1930s.

During his time in India, Mulder developed a love for what he calls the "sun-belt" cultures. Mulder has traveled frequently, returning to India as well as spending time in Mexico, France and Italy. His "Chile and Tomatoes" in the Salt Lake County Art Collection is from a trip to Mexico.

Tom Mulder was represented by several galleries, and shows his work at a number of prestigious art festivals. He was awarded 1st place in the 2003 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival in California.


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The Art Truck

The 337 Project's Art Truck is coming to a rest stop near you. The Art Truck is a 25 foot moving van that has been transformed into a traveling art show that brings cutting edge art into communities all over Utah. Every three to six months The 337 Project commissions artists to create site specific works on the inside and outside of the truck. Then they find a place to park it, throw open the doors, and invite the public in, free of charge. Washington D.C. based artists Dan Steinhilber and Maggie Michael busy over Thanksgiving weekend giving the Art Truck its first visual tune-up. And if all goes well with the mechanical tune-up, you can check out what they've done to the rig at the Provo Gallery Stroll on December 5th. Or contact Adam Price and see if he'll park the Art Truck in your neighborhood.


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Tom AlderTom Alder recently left a 30-year mortgage banking career to become a partner in Williams Fine Art where he specializes in early Utah art. In December, he received his MA from the University of Utah in art history and wrote his thesis about Henri Moser. He also serves on the board of the Museum of Utah Art and History.

Lane Bachman hitchhiked around Europe and the Balkans and did time at the Naropa Institute in Boulder Colorado (a minimum security facility) played in a series of defunct ambient funk dance bands, and is now paying for past sins in Salt Lake City.

Ehren ClarkEhren Clark received his BA in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Critcism at the University of Utah and an MA in the art of the Renaissance at the University of Reading, UK. He currently writes for the In Utah This Week, as well as being published in other journals in Utah.

Shalee CooperShalee Cooper graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Photography. She is the gallery curator and a staff photographer with Saans Studio. Saans is a full service photography provider creating images on location as well as in their two local studios.

Sheryl GillilanSheryl Gillilan received her B.A. in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College, and Masters in both Social Services and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College. She is an award-winning quilt artist and the Finance & Special Projects Manager for Art Access.

Jim FrazerJim Frazer, originally from Atlanta, has been living and working as an artist in Salt Lake for the past seven years.
Sue Martin
Sue Martin holds an M.A. in Theatre and has worked in public relations. As an artist, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic to capture Utah landscapes or the beauty of everyday objects in still life. She writes Hints 'n Tips, a regular feature, for 15 Bytes. Her work will be featured in an exhibit entitled Figuratively Speaking at Art at the Main in Salt Lake City.

Shawn Rossiter Shawn Rossiter successfully dropped out of a Masters Program in Comparative Literature to become a painter (the success of which is yet to be determined). In 2001 he founded Artists of Utah and is the editor of 15 Bytes.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert
, like all critics, is a failed artist. So far as he can tell, that doesn't guarantee success as a critic, either. He agrees with Einstein that no point of view is uniquely privileged.

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