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.
Professor Henry Becker’s Graphic Problems (ART 3650) class will be displaying their mid-semester project: Unexpected Rhetoric from October 17th through 27th. The opening reception will be on Tuesday, October 18th at 6pm.
This election year has been full of both the good and the bad from both sides, Republicans and Democrats. Behind each candidate works a team of designers, constantly picking apart what the opposing party says. As visual communicators it is important to try to change the viewer’s perspective. Unexpected Rhetoric is an exhibition in which the designers were given the RNC and DNC acceptance speeches and told to make a poster out of the information that was presented in each speech. This exhibition highlights the ways these designers interpreted this prompt.
Disclaimer: The designers of Unexpected Rhetoric may not share the beliefs of the candidates whom they were assigned, nor affiliate with their political party. Their objective was not to demonstrate the truth or value of the content of the speeches, but to evoke, to twist, and to show.
Featuring the work of: Kyle Ahlstrom, Dillon Blue, Alexis Brown, Gwynn Castleton, Kelsey Evans, Sean Hair, Aaron Hewitt, Kyunghwan Lee, McKay Mattingly, Kyle Maxfield, Julianna Nish, Brian Rollins, Britney Scarborough, Lindsey Schroeder, Eden Sloan, Kevin Tomas, Carlos Tovar, Will Tuddenham, Chloe Westenhaver, Cortni Wimberley, Mercedes Yuschak
Reception Thursday November 3, 6-8pm
In 2012 Dr Paul Laidler, from the University of the West of England-Bristol UK, curated the exhibition Just Press Print, which explores the impact of digital technology on the practices of a visual artist working in printmaking, a field traditionally associated with craft skills and mechanical processes. Dispensing with conventional exhibition formats, the exhibition displays 2D and 3D digital prints along with sketches, notes and test proofs bundled in bulldog clips that hang informally from the walls, thereby focusing on the creative process and not the outcome.
The exhibition was initially shown at Northern Print Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Multiplied Contemporary Print Fair, Christies, London and at the IMPACT Conference, University of Dundee.
The exhibition is touring the USA from 2015 at venues including Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; Arizona State, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts; Dept of Art & Art History, University of Utah; University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department; School of Education; Department of Art & Design University of New Haven and IPCNY (International Print Centre New York).
The annual high school portfolio reviews will take place on Saturday, November 5th. High school student artists are invited to meet with representatives from the College to receive constructive feedback about their work, and learn about opportunities for higher education in the Arts including programs of study, scholarships, and financial aid.
Reviews will take place at the following locations:
Springville Museum of Art
from 9am – 3pm
126 East 400 South in Springville, Utah
Eccles Community Art Center
from 10am – 5pm
2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden, Utah 84401
Open to all comers, students interested in the MFA program are invited to come take a guided tour of the art building with Professor Kim Martinez, Director of the the MFA Studio Graduate Program.