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ARTISTS OF UTAH EZINE November 2001
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JEFF HEIN Portrait of a Man as a Young Artist
While brisk, autumn weather finally crept into Utah at the end of October, young Utah artist Jeff Hein allowed Artists of Utah to sneak into his Salt Lake City home and studio:

The smell of linseed oil mixes with that of the Heins' pet rabbit, which scurries through the home during our interview. In the front room a few works are hanging. A handful of small works are also in the studio, and a painting, just begun, hangs on the wall. Otherwise, the place seems sparse, even for a well-ordered artist like Hein. Most of Jeff's works are currently hanging in the Magpie Gallery, a few blocks from his home.
Prior to the interview, we stopped by to see the show, which features a number of large portraits. While there, Annette Dunford, co-owner of Magpie Gallery, tells us that one landscape in the show was sold while it was still being hung. We are discussing Jeff's work when a customer asks after one of the portraits. She's flustered for a moment and has to explain that she's not sure what the price is. Jeff had not bothered to establish prices for portraits. After all, who would want to buy a painting of someone they did not know?
When, a few minutes later, we stop in at Jeff's home, he is pleased with the news. Not only for the opportunity for a sale, but because, as we learn in our interview, one of his primary goals right now is to paint pictures of people that go beyond portraiture and have a broader appeal.
Jeff Hein is an energetic individual, an evident excitement for what he does animates his body and his conversation. In his last year of studies at the University of Utah, he is a bit older than the average college senior. Hein, a New York native, first headed west in 1992 to attend Ricks College in Idaho. He returned to New York for a year to work before returning to the West -- this time to Salt Lake City, where he served as a missionary for the LDS Church.
Hein's mission met a premature end, however, when he developed cancer. He recounts rather nonchalantly how he battled cancer for a year and a half and, due to "complications," ended up losing most of his digestive tract. "After that I dated my wife for about six months in New York while I got ready for school and to come out here to do who knows what. I knew I wanted to do art; but I had no money so it was kind of, what next? So I got married and moved out here. Utah offered me really good funding because of my illness . . .so I decided to go to school here."
That was in 1998. Hein is currently finishing his senior year at the University of Utah, but, as we learned, he rarely sees the inside of a classroom.

AOU: Now, you mentioned that you're doing independent study right now.
HEIN: Yeah, I’m in my senior year right now. My teachers know that I work hard, and I just feel like it slows me down to go to school because they’re teaching me stuff that I’ve learned already. They recognize that too.
AOU: So they're giving you freedom?
HEIN: Oh yeah; it’s great. They say, “Oh we’ll come check your stuff out at the end of the year.” I’ve never gotten more work done, and they know it, so that’s pretty much why it’s working out.
AOU: So what, overall, was your educational experience like at the University?
HEIN: I learned a lot there, but I have to say that my biggest advantage was going to Ricks, my first year at Ricks. Maybe that’s because I never took any art classes in High School. So Rick's was my first year really studying and it was this huge jump. Maybe that’s why. But I feel like the U has been tugging me back and forth.
AOU: In what way?
HEIN: I want to paint a certain way, and my tendency is to paint a certain way. Even though it’s good to experiment with different things, they’ve come and gone, and I don’t know how much they have helped me. Maybe a little. The thing is, it’s always been the same direction for me. I had the same direction when I started as when I finished. So, it had to be done, it’s been an educational experience, but I’m done with it now
AOU: So what would you say your direction is?
HEIN: I guess what I’m talking about basically is that the U is really loose, abstract; they’re . . . especially now – the staff has changed -- they’re really concerned about your art making some kind of political statement. I’m interested in concept in my paintings but not to the point where I’m making some kind of statement about the world. It’s really not my interest. I just want to paint people.
If you’re an artist and also have the talent to really get involved in those issues and really get passionate about it that’s great, but I don’t see how it's possible to be a really good artist, devote all your time to art, and devote an equal amount of time to understanding the world and making an educated statement about it. I don’t see how it’s possible. Maybe someone could do it, but for me, as an artist, I think my job is to make beautiful paintings. But that wasn't my experience at the U.
I’ve even had people tell me I’m not an artist because I just paint things. The funny thing is they’ll use the word concept, and there are concepts in all my paintings, maybe more maybe less, but there’s concept.
AOU: Maybe you've got 70% art and 30% concept while they’ve got 70% concept and 30% art?
HEIN: Yeah, maybe. My concepts are about the art. It’s about creating emotion with light and color and trying to create certain moods. That’s concept in my mind.

continued on page 3
also in this edition:
Anthony Siciliano's Layers of Memory page 2
The Ventilator: My Little Brother Could Do It page 2
March of Dimes Fund Raiser page 3
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UTAH 2001:
THE ABSTRACTING INFLUENCE OF PAPER

Every year the Utah Arts Council sponsors a Statewide Competition/Exhibition. The themes of the exhibition rotate among Painting and Sculpture, Crafts and Photography, and Mixed Media and Works on Paper.
This year, the Bountiful/Davis Art Center held the Mixed Media and Works on Paper exhibition. This particular theme tends to draw more experimental artists and encourages more traditional artists to explore beyond their usual mediums.

Eddi Malloy
Into the Garden

Brian D. Christensen
Odesa
157 artists submitted close to 400 works and 64 pieces by 47 artists were chosen to hang in the show. The jurors for this exhibit were Christine Giles, Associate Curator of Art at the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and Bruce Guenther, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum. Both jurors were surprised at the amount of abstract art submitted, and the 47 artists who were juried in to the show seem to share that common thread of abstraction in at least one of their pieces.


Mary M. Nelson
Summer of '69

Giles and Guenther carried out a collaborative jury process, including the awards for the cash prizes. The subject matter did not reveal a quality representative of Utah as one might expect from regional shows. Abstraction created from found objects seems to be an overriding theme that generates a contemporary feeling of mystery. Bruce Guenther revealed his criteria when he stated, “Materials and process, form and intention were the foundation and criteria upon which I made my choices for inclusion in this year’s exhibition. . .

Carleton Cristy
Untitled
I sought out works that might involve the viewer in the mysterious power of simply seen things. I chose artworks that for me are concentrated and clear in their intention and resolution formally, and suggest something beyond their making.”
Arley Curtz, director of the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, was pleased to host this year’s exhibition which ran from September 7th through October 5th. He was thrilled at the amount of new visitors the exhibition brought to the art center in Bountiful.

This year’s prizes were awarded to the following artists:
Juror’s Awards:
Marcee Blackerby Martin Blundell
George Mark England Lou Ann Heller
Layne Meacham Steven K Sheffield

A portion of the exhibit will travel throughout Utah during the year.


Shawn Rossiter
Venise #2


Travelling Exhibition Program Awards:
Eddi Malloy Roxanne Merril Shawn Rossiter Jennifer H Barton
Brady Allen George Mark England Blanche Wilson Trent Alvey Karl Pace Bruce D Robertson Gary Barton Brett Bolander
Michael Berry Joseph Ostraff
Martin Blundell Steven K Sheffield Summer Borla Jason Jones

Todd Chilton
Adrian Van Suchtelen
Carleton Christy
Lou Ann Heller
Gloria Montgomery
Jennifer Worsley
The RiverIII
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UTAH ARTS COUNCIL WORKSHOP: Meri Ploetz DeCaria of Phillips Gallery will discuss artist portfolios and how to best represent yourself and your artwork when approaching a gallery. The workshop will be Tuesday, November 13th, 6:30 - 8:00pm. at the Artist Resource Center located in the south end of the Rio Grande Depot. For more information contact Laura Durham . MUSEUM NOTES: visual artists from Utah, Nevada and Arizona will participate in THE REGIONAL, an annual juried exhibition sponsored by the St. George Art Musuem. October 26, 2001 - January 5, 2002. For more inforrmatioon museum@infowest.com

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