15 BYTES  .  .  . giving everyone their fifteen bytes of fame
ARTISTS OF UTAH EZINE                                                                                   February 2002
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A flurry of visual art activity has blown into Utah along with the hundreds of thousands of international visitors coming to the Wasatch Front for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  Whether part of the official Cultural Olympiad or part of the vibrant local art world jockeying for its time in the spotlight, the art world is showing its colors during the month of February.
Vying for attention with the mammoth Olympic banners covering buildings in Salt Lake City, the official glass blowings of Dale Chihuly and, oh yes, the games themselves, Utah's visual arts community, in all its varied forms, has blanketed Salt Lake City and Utah alike   Galleries from Provo to Ogden are featuring hundreds of Utah artists in a variety of group shows easily accessible to the huge influx of Olympic visitors.  The far corners of the state are not to be forgotten, however.  Visual art activity is blossoming as far away as Springdale and Logan.
In February's Olympic edition of 15 BYTES you'll find articles on a wide variety of exhibitions, events, and initiatives all making Utah a great place to be visual.


Artists of Utah's gold medal goes to UtahArt 2002, the "unofficial" exhibition of Utah artists in the heart of Salt Lake City.  When Utah County's Springville Museum of Art was announced as the site for the Olympics official exhibition of Utah art, many local artists were upset that what they felt as world class work would be relegated to a venue far from the center of activity.

Local artists and art enthusiasts took matters into their own hands, creating UtahArt2002, a juried exhibition of Utah artists which opened February 1st in Salt Lake City.

In the fall of 2001, a call for entries for the exhibition was sent to Utah artists.  Michael Quick, former curator of American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, jurored the show.  Quick noticed representational art as a dominant theme in the entries submitted.  As he writes in the exhibition catalog, "I was impressed by the considerable variety of images and range of expression that these artists had achieved within this framework of representational art.  The work in the exhibition ranges from the almost literally realistic tot he wildly fanciful, and from the tightly painted to the boldly executed."

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High-end giclée printing is maybe the most important art reproduction method in use today, yet many artists and art lovers do not really understand its unique characteristics and benefits. Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay") can allow artists on a budget to explore the print market;  it can produce reproductions over many separate runs, large or small, which are identical to each other; and it can open up whole new audiences to artists and galleries.

In the past few years, giclée printing has achieved greater acceptance in the international art world and Salt Lake City’s art community is no exception. Thanks to the work of local printers like photographer Mark Weiler, giclée printing has become more popular among Utah artists. Al Rounds, Denis Phillips, Roger Newbold, Willamarie Huelskamp and Susan Swartz have all printed with Mark.

Besides being a technically outstanding printer, Mark is a passionate, talented artist, concentrating much of his own work in photography, but also working with sculpture and other art forms.

Describing his approach to his own work and the benefit of giclee printing,  Mark says, “Art is emotion. Personally, as an artist, I'd rather sell a hundred pieces inexpensively than one piece really expensively, because more people are going to enjoy it. The thrill for an artist is for someone to come in and buy your work because they truly like it, not because it is an investment.” 

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   _________also in this edition_________
Zion at St. George Art Museum page 2
Utah artists go to Italy page 2
Utah Artist Hands of SLC page 3
Artist Co-Op in Springdale
Oasis Cafe
 For a list of exhibitions and events going on during the Olympics, visit our Exhibitions page and our Olympic Calendar. 15 BYTES is currently being published every six weeks.  The next edition will be posted the first of April.  Please send submissions by March 25th.