A woman with dark hair sits beside two mannequins wearing traditional Hmong clothing.

New Video Series on Traditional Artists

The Utah Folk Arts program is proud to present a new series of videos introducing several outstanding traditional artists whose work is included in the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. These individuals exemplify the critical relationship between the role of the culture keeper and the artist in a community. They have dedicated their vision and creativity to continuing the skills taught to them by their artistic predecessors and family to ensure future generations can find connection with their heritage and cultural legacy. These talented makers also generously share their time and talents with the wider public to better educate Utahns about various cultural histories and values through craft and artistic practice.

We collaborated with our colleagues at SpyHop and Phase 2 Productions to create this series. Phase 2 is a collective of young creative workers and industry professionals who produce high-quality media while providing supportive pathways and community for a new generation of media makers to thrive. Learn more about this great program here. 

The State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection (Utah’s state-owned art collection) began in 1899. The collection continues to grow annually by purchases and donations and provides impressive documentation of the history of Utah art. The collection is on display at the Governor’s Mansion, the Glendinning Home, the Rio Grande Depot, the State Capitol building, the Scott Matheson Courthouse, and other state buildings. Selections from the collection are also included in the Traveling Exhibition Program. View the entire collection here.

Chue Thao: Hmong Embroidery and Clothing

Donato Raimondo: South Sudanese Clay Bulls

Harold Begaye: Navajo (Diné) Leather and Beadwork

Godelio Palomino: Peruvian Weaving

Katherine Poleviyaoma: Acoma Pueblo Pottery

Mariah Cuch: Ute Beadwork and Painting

Lily Havey: Watercolor, Origami, and Stained Glass

The Hernández Family: Mata Ortiz Pottery