Department of Art & Art History College of Fine Arts | The University of Utah Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:44:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Department of Art & Art History 32 32 Mural Opportunity at SLC Airport Thu, 20 Feb 2020 20:57:06 +0000 The Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA) invites artists and artist-led teams to submit qualifications for The New SLC Mid-Concourse Tunnel Mural Opportunity as part of the Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program—The New SLC.

The SLCDA is pleased to include four, 144-foot murals in the mid-concourse tunnel, a passenger walkway connecting terminals at The New SLC Airport. It will open in fall of 2020 with the completion of phase one of the Airport construction and will be the exclusive avenue for passengers to move in between two concourses for an estimated three years. Upon the completion of phase two construction, the temporary tunnel may transition to exclusive use by Airport staff.

Find out more on their website.

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Design Intern Needed at ForgeDX Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:18:10 +0000 We are a diverse and rapidly growing startup that inspires the world through technology story telling. ForgeDX has a patented product experience platform, IdeaCloudTM, that helps our customers accelerate their technology and shape their customer experiences to help accelerate sales. As experts in digital transformation and experience design, we ensure businesses can translate their most powerful products into experiences that drive strategic growth. We work with the top Fortune 100 companies in enterprise technology including Adobe, Verizon, Microsoft, 3M, etc. We believe in open communication and collaboration. We believe in rolling up our sleeves and creatively solving problems whether they are problems our customers are facing or ways to make our own product better.

You will work side by side with our product management team, product development team and senior UX/UI architects. This position will help you help you sharpen your skills, strengthen your portfolio and give you day-to-day insight and exposure into the agile world of a product technology company.

-Work in the product development team to help design user interface for cloud and mobile app
-Create and edit graphic image files
-Organize and standardize file library
-Other tasks as defined

-Ability to intern for 1 semester, preferably 2 (15-20 hours/week)
-Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and HTML
-Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Teamwork and collaboration skills
-Ability to think logically

Email if interested.

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Draw on Location with Urban Sketchers SLC Tue, 04 Feb 2020 19:11:22 +0000

Enjoy Drawing on Location?

Urban Sketchers SLC is a public group that meets once a month in a different location around the city. Join us as we document our firsthand experiences and surroundings through our sketchbooks. 

All ages and skill levels welcome. 

Join our Facebook group for event schedule.

Questions? Contact 

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UMFA: Curator Talk for Seven Masters print exhibition Mon, 03 Feb 2020 19:29:30 +0000
Curator Talk & Exhibition Preview | Seven Masters: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints
Wednesday, February 5 | FREE
Exhibition preview 5 pm | Lecture 7 pm
Andreas Marks, head of the Japanese and Korean art department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, will discuss the artists and stories behind shin hanga, “the new print.” This art movement developed in the first half of the twentieth century in an effort to revive the great Japanese tradition of woodblock prints (known as ukiyo-e) and simultaneously capture the dynamic, modern life of Japan. Exhibition galleries open for a public preview at 5 pm. The lecture, “Changed Times: Sources & Methods behind 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints,” begins at 7 pm in the UMFA’s Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium.
Support provided by the Asia Center at the University of Utah.
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Call for Visual Artists: Queens of Music Mural Project Mon, 03 Feb 2020 19:26:04 +0000

KRCL, The Gateway, The Blocks SLC and other great partners are teaming up for a special Queens of Music Festival on Saturday, March 7 celebrating International Women's Day.

CALLING ALL VISUAL ARTISTS: We're looking for 8 artists to participate in a mural project featuring their favorite “Queen of Music.” Find the application and details here. 

Submission deadline: February 17, 2020

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Trishelle Jeffery at UMOCA Thu, 30 Jan 2020 23:31:30 +0000


Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Being a woman and living in the body that comes with it can be a fraught experience. In Best Breasts in the West, Trishelle Jeffery navigates her experiences with her body and all the fears, confusion and expectations that come with it.

At the start of the narrative, there is a sudden obligatory inspection of Jeffery’s mortality, which brings a fight to live in spite of the American healthcare system, as well as her own mental health. Best Breasts in the West is a work that allows the viewer to see the intimate details of Jeffery’s deepest embarrassments. This work shares the naked realities of objectification, people’s presumptions, and trying to navigate one’s own body when everything seems to be falling apart.

Trishelle Jeery is a cartoonist and printmaker from Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her education at Snow College and the University of Utah, and got her Masters of Fine Arts from Wichita State University in 2018. Her work has been exhibited nationally with solo exhibitions in Kansas and Utah. She currently teaches printmaking at the University of Utah and is a member of SaltGrass Printmakers.

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Friends of The City Library Call for Submissions Thu, 30 Jan 2020 21:15:17 +0000
The Friends of The City Library is seeking artists, illustrators, and designers for commissioned work. We’re looking for someone to create a design or spot illustration that will be featured on City Library merchandise. Proceeds from merchandise sales will fund a variety of Library projects including programs and exhibits, materials, outreach events, computer equipment, furnishings, and more.


Portfolios will be reviewed and judged by a panel of Friends of The City Library members, ultimately selecting three finalists. Portfolios will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Concept/originality
  • Captures the spirit of The Friends of The City Library
  • Striking and memorable designs
  • Feasibility (must be easy to reproduce)

The winning designer will be awarded $150 and a tote bag / t-shirt with their completed design.

For additional information, visit their website.

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Professor Michael Hirshon featured in ‘Magnifying’ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 20:57:07 +0000

Professor Michael Hirshon was just featured in Magnifying, a series dedicated to showcasing the talent of our students, faculty, and staff to help you learn more about the remarkable individuals within our creative community here at the College of Fine Arts. Read the feature below:

Michael Hirshon is a freelance illustrator and assistant professor of Illustration in the Department of Art & Art History. He holds a BFA in Visual Communication and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has spent the past decade working with a wide array of clients including The New York Times, HarperCollins Publishers, Amazon, The Washington PostForbes, and American Express. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Spectrum, CMYK, and 3x3.

Michael is enthusiastic about illustration and enjoys seeking out unusual avenues for visual storytelling. He has collaborated on packaging for a dog toy company, a taco truck chef’s cookbook, the side of a city bus, a dating coach’s graphic memoir, a US Senate campaign, and the walls of a daycare in Pakistan.

What do you consider your first big break in illustration?

My big break is kind of the equivalent of winning the illustration lottery. At the end of my senior year of college, I was very fortunately offered a huge project to illustrate a localized “We Accept American Express” sticker for the city of St. Louis. I’d put up a portfolio website, not expecting any kind of response until well after graduation...and now here I was, negotiating contracts and asking my professors about “kill fees” and “usage rights.” Legal jargon aside, it was a very positive experience and the perfect introduction to the process of collaborating with an art director. Best of all, the fee allowed me to support myself long enough to build a viable freelance business.

What is/was the process of building a network of freelance clients?

As an illustrator, I’m always trying to find the best ways to connect with the people who will actually commission work from me. In most cases, these people are art directors: an elusive group of designers who are very busy, and constantly being bombarded with self-promotional materials from thousands of incredibly talented illustrators. My strategy is to get these art directors to look at my website by sending them emails or postcards with work that I think will interest them. I’ve sent out thousands of postcards and tens of thousands of emails, and the 1-2% of people who have actually responded have become my client base. It’s an exhausting numbers game, for sure. But the most important part of building my network was making an effort to be flexible, versatile, and punctual. When it comes down to it, art directors like to work with people who are easy to work with, and if you can prove to be a consistent and productive collaborative partner, they will come back for more illustrations. Repeat clients now provide the majority of my work, and that allows me to focus more on drawing and less on sales.

What habits or rituals are essential to the success of your creative practice? 

While it’s not really a habit or a ritual, my sketchbook is a foundation of my practice that touches every part of what I do. It’s where I process my ideas and experiences, for both client and personal work. When I flip through my old sketchbooks, I’m looking at a visual record of my creative development — a map of all the trends and habits in my work. Right now I’m working on a book where the art directors want me to treat each illustration as one of my sketchbook drawings, which has proven to be trickier than I’d thought. While it’s easy to make it stylistically similar, there’s no replacement for the lack of constraint or stakes that comes from actually working in a sketchbook. It’s important to have a place to make mistakes and try out awful ideas.

What will students in your illustration emphasis classes be focusing on?

The illustration emphasis is designed to expose students to a broad range of everything that illustration can be: books, editorial, advertisements, concept art, products, fashion, surfaces — you name it. My goal is that students come out of the program thinking like illustrators, confident in using their unique voices to tell any kind of story. There will be a lot of freedom for students both to explore, and to focus on specific interests by their final year. Students will be able to pursue more traditional pathways of illustration (magazine illustration, book covers, etc) or work with me to create their own path.

Can you tell us about one or two of your most unusual projects and how your approach may have differed because of the topic or format?

I worked on a series of illustrations for a now-defunct startup aimed at replacing members of Congress with a voting app (I’m guessing my art wasn’t the reason why the startup failed, but that’s an obviously biased opinion). They wanted illustrations that could be posted on social media: things like “I voted YES on Prop #999.” The tricky part is that they only wanted to pay for one illustration per issue, so I was designing images that could be interpreted as a YES or a NO depending on the accompanying text. It made for a really interesting challenge where I was analyzing peoples’ biases and viewpoints and creating images with enough ambiguity to be seen either way. For example: an image of a crowd of smiling citizens holding assault rifles, children included. Anti-gun people would see this image and focus on the ridiculousness of a child holding an assault rifle. Pro-gun people would see the image and focus on the happy expression of the people and see an ideal vision of society. The text does the heavy lifting. The assignment was an eye-opener for me, and changed my approach to future assignments. Interpretation is a tricky thing to navigate, but with enough knowledge of your audience, you can guide people’s understanding of your story.

Follow Michael's work on Instagram at @michaelhirshon

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Eccles Theater Request for Proposals Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:49:13 +0000

We are soliciting proposals from artists living in Utah to participate in an open competition for temporary works of art at the Eccles Theater!

Salt Lake County Arts & Culture plans to contract with an artist or artist team to create a unique temporary holiday installation for the Eccles Theater during the Holiday Season.

Pre Proposal Meeting: January 29, 2020 4:00 pm at Eccles Theater. This meeting is mandatory to be able to submit a proposal!

Proposal Deadline: March 18, 2020

Installation: November 2020

Infomation here:

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Art History MA Alum appointed West Coast Editor at New Art Examiner Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:14:04 +0000

Congratulations to Art History MA alum Alexander Stanfield for his recent appointment as West Coast Editor in the US at New Art Examiner! Stanfield earned both his BA (2014) and MA (2018) in Art History from the University of Utah, concentrating in Early Modern European Art and Material Culture. His newest article on the Gauguin exhibition at the National Gallery in London is in the January/February issue of NAE, and he has an upcoming piece on Vito Acconci in the March/April issue titled Vito, Video, and You. Read his recent article, a review of the Lee Krasner retrospective exhibition Living Colour at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, below:

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