Welcome to the Department of Art & Art History

The dynamic environment created within the department is fertile ground for those serious about art making, research, critical discourse and teaching. Our faculty is dedicated to excellence and provides an open, respectful center for diversity and creative expression. The department mentors students in innovation, critical thinking, craft, exploration and creates exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. The Department of Art & Art History is an outstanding place for students interested in creating a life in the arts.

Warnock Residency: Mark Brest Van Kempen
Jan 14 – May 5 all-day

Mark Brest Van Kempen_Biolabyrinth2016 Marva and John Warnock Artist in Residence, Mark Brest van Kempen

Free public lecture February 9, 2016 at 7pm, Gould Auditorium of the Willard J. Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus

The Marva and John Warnock biennial residency program has quickly become an important catalyst for dialogue encompassing contemporary issues of art making, pedagogy, interdisciplinary and collaborative work, art in the community and art as activism. Mark Brest van Kempen is the fourth artist selected for this bi-annual residency program that aims to expose students to new, innovative, and diverse contemporary art practices, while providing an opportunity for trilateral exchange amongst students, faculty, and the public at large. The artist-in-residence will lead a Master Class that takes the form of intensive workshops throughout the semester.

A former Utahn and graduate of the University of Utah (BFA ‘85, MFA San Francisco Art Institute ‘91), Brest van Kempen is “excited and honored” to be chosen for this elite residency. He is looking forward to working with the students and collaborating with others on several large–scale projects in which he will work directly with Utah’s beautifully rich and diverse environment as his material.

Brest Van Kempen has created a variety of artworks using the landscape itself as sculptural material. From his Free Speech Monument on the UC Berkeley campus to Land Exchange at the National Academy of Art in China, his work explores the range of emotions and issues that are embodied in our complex relationship to the environment, land, and place. He has received numerous commissions for permanent public art projects including the San Francisco Art Commission, the City of Palo Alto, the City of Seattle, the Haas Foundation, and was recently invited by the German government to submit designs for a national reunification monument in Leipzig.

We are deeply grateful to the Warnock family for their generous support, allowing the department to have ongoing opportunities to engage with artists of his stature.

We would also like to thank Dean Tymas-Jones, the Marriott Library, and the UMFA through their new ArtLandish series for continued support.

Previous artists in residence have been Ernesto Pujol (2010), Andrea Bowers (2012), and J. Morgan Puett (2014).

Grad Interim Exhibition
Jan 29 – Feb 12 all-day
Warnock Residency: Mark Brest Van Kempen Lecture
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Visiting Artist: Nicole Pietrantoni
Feb 10 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, February 10th
– 4:30PM: Lecture in ART 158

Nicole Pietrantoni’s artwork explores the complex relationship between human beings and nature via installations, artists’ books, and works on paper. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including a Fulbright to Iceland, a Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Grant, an Artist Trust Fellowship, a Larry Sommers Printmaking Fellowship, and the Manifest Prize. Her work has been in over 80 national and international exhibitions and is in collections including the University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Iowa Museum of Art; Zayed University, United Arab Emirates; and the Proyecto Ace Print Collection in Buenos Aires.
Nicole regards both her professional practice and pedagogy as powerful sites for intellectual, artistic, and ethical transformation. She is committed to arts education and has been a visiting artist at colleges across the country, giving workshops and lectures. Since 2012, Nicole has been an Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College where she teaches printmaking and book arts.
Nicole will be working with Printmaking students to create a new print during her visit.

Visiting Artist: Octavio Campos
Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Public Lecture: February 18th at 5pm in ART 158
Movement Workshop: February 19th from 9am-4pm

Octavio Campos fuses striking theater with dance, and simultaneously accesses visual/sculptural elements to convert live performance into multi-disciplinary experiences. His extensive eclectic knowledge of performance art, opera, circus, burlesque, and queer activism place his out of the box thinking at the forefront of trans-disciplinary initiative worldwide.

Movement workshop is open to all CFA students, but space is limited. Sign up via email to wendy.wischer@utah.edu

Octavio Campos

Visiting Artist: Yoshua Okón
Mar 2 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

4:30PM: Lecture in ART 158

Visiting Artist: Ellen Lupton
Mar 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

4:30PM: Lecture in ART 158

Annual Student Exhibition
Apr 14 – May 6 all-day

Thursday, April 14th
Reception   6:00PM –  8:00PM
Awards:  7:00PM