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 July 2010
Published by Artists of Utah
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Contemporary Masters a photo essay by

When Adam Price became the Director of the Salt Lake Art Center at the end of last year the fate of the non-profit art experiment he began in 2007 and named for its original incarnation, the 337 Project, was left in limbo. The Project's Art Truck, which currently features an interior installation by Pam Bowman and exterior painting by Trent Call, continued running with the help of volunteers and staff; but it was not entirely clear what would become of the most recent project, an announced 18-hole miniature golf course to be designed by a group of artists who had already been selected and commissioned to create the work when Price took over at the Art Center. An open exhibition slot at 20 South West Temple allowed Price to bring the exhibition within the walls of his new home this summer. The union between the two organizations was then legitimized when shortly before the opening of Contemporary Masters on June 17 Price announced, on behalf of both boards, that the 337 Project would become an outreach program of the Salt Lake Art Center. See the results and play a few holes through September 16.

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Feature: On the Spot
West Valley City's
Michael Christensen

Michael ChristensenA native Utahn, Michael Christensen is currently enjoying public sector work as the folklorist/cultural specialist at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, an organization dedicated to enriching and strengthening communities by promoting the expression of the arts, education, opportunities for economic development, and the celebration of human diversity. Michael oversees and installs gallery exhibits, produces concerts and festivals, and coordinates art demonstrations, educational programs and community celebrations. The Center hosts The Face of Utah Sculpture VI, an annual celebration of all forms of 3-D art, July 8 - August 26. Michael has served as a board member for the Utah Cultural Alliance; Human Pursuits: The Western Humanities Concern; the West Valley City Historical Society and President of the Folklore Society of Utah.

A hand-carved, Tongan warrior spear hangs above my mantle. It was carved by local folk artist Tonga Uaisele. I also own one of his wood carved tapa “cloths” and two tikis. I’ve never seen a man use his bare feet as vice grips before. Astounding.

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design elementI am currently reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. Frankly, it is not the best novel about former presidents or vampires.

I remember hanging KISS posters on my wall growing up. Gene Simmons is an example of a good vampire (of sorts).

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors this edition

Carol FultonCarol Fulton
got her degree in radio and television production a long time ago. She was born in Brazil and lived in many countries, being a Foreign Service officer brat. Now retired from the airline industry, she volunteers at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and dabbles in oil painting and found-object sculpture.

John HughesSheryl 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 Assistant Director for Art Access.

John HughesJohn Hughes
is an award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. He maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.

Kent MilesKent Miles is a native of Salt Lake City. He attended the U of U, and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He is known for documentary portraits and projects. In addition to his work for private clients, he has been affiliated with the Center for Documentary Arts for more than 25 years.

Shawn RossiterShawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, grew up on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. He dropped out of a Masters program in Contemporary Literature to pursue a career as an artist. He founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.

Will ThompsonWill Thompson
is a local photographer who specializes in work that is textural, intimate, and speaks to the space in our subconscious that seeks peace and tranquility. His work has been shown in galleries ranging from SAANS and Kayo in Salt Lake to Duncan Littlecreek in Elko, Nevada, and is included in private collections from Seattle to South Carolina. His work ranges from portraiture to abstract fine art.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert
has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.

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