The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue. The Rio Gallery is located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot.
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Open Saturdays from 10 – 2, Nov 10 – Apr 20 for Winter Market
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101
Free and open to the public
January 18 – March 8
Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists is curated by Artists of Utah, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Salt Lake City. Every five years, we check in with our public to answer an important but not always easy question: Who are the state’s most influential artists? These are not necessarily the “hottest” artists, they are not the most “honored” artists, but these are the artists who make a difference in Utah.
We left it to the public to decide what they felt “influential” meant. We wanted these artists to be nominated by their peers, those that have been able to see their influence first hand. We didn’t want the final 15 to be selected by some small committee of “experts.” Nor did we want it to be a popularity contest, with people’s Facebook accounts filled with pleas of “vote for me.” So we asked a pool of more than 150 people — artists, writers, administrators, patrons — to winnow the list down to 15.
And these are Utah’s Most Influential Artists:
Linda C. Smith
As we did with our first round of Utah’s 15 in 2014, we’ll be celebrating these artists with an exhibition and a book. The book will be available for purchase at the artist reception and the gallery stroll reception.
Transcontinental: People, Place, Impact March 22 – June 14
Jacqui Larsen, Richard Gate, Heidi Moller Somsen June 21 – August 30