Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Grand preview of the 41st annual festival’s temporary city of cosmopolitan arts and culture

The temporary miniature city of cosmopolitan art and culture that defines the Utah Arts Festival will open Thursday, June 22, with new stories and perspectives from artists of all stripes. The 41st annual festival will bring new faces and ideas from all venues. In the artist marketplace, 174 artists, including nine returning award winners, were … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Three SLC pillars of dance highlight Utah’s excellence in performing arts

In a quick glance, one realizes just how prominent dance is at the Utah Arts Festival and how it encapsulates the deep roots of Utah’s incredible dance culture. Salt Lake City is home to one of the most active dance performing arts spectra, even accounting for the city’s size. In addition to Samba Fogo, Salt … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Art and Technology venue a bustling shop of make-and-take projects

Last year, the Utah Arts Festival’s Art and Technology venue was a powerhouse of low-cost make-and-take projects that were simple enough even for children as young as five years. With encouragement from Make Salt Lake volunteers, kids made and took home more than 8,000 pieces including Brush Bots, light sabers, cyanotype prints and customized art … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Intermountain Acoustic Music Association marks 4th year in festival partnership with songwriter academy, Susanne Millsaps songwriter competition finals

In its fourth year, the partnership between the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) and the Utah Arts Festival has blossomed and raised the profile of folk, bluegrass, Irish, Celtic and acoustic musicians not only at the festival but also the organization’s nationally juried songwriting competition. In addition, IAMA offers a songwriter’s academy open to musicians … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Elevating graffiti art, celebrating community engagement at Urban Arts venue

The order for 100 plywood panels is already being filled at Lowe’s in Salt Lake City but Mason Fetzer has yet to settle on what the image will be for this year’s 100 Artists / 1 image community mural project, a signature event in the Urban Arts venue at the Utah Arts Festival. Shortly after … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Traveling exhibition of some of Utah’s finest works by high school artists signals new generation of creative professionals

For Rebekah Campbell, a Provo High School student, her art work titled Transend, done in acrylic on paper, signified her decision at the end of her sophomore year to pursue art in college and as a career. Although she said it was a difficult decision to make, Campbell wanted to convey the contentment she experienced … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: City Library solidifies its place as strategically important venue

A venue that would be the envy of any arts festival organizer in the country, the City Library in downtown library has a dominant presence with the 2016-2017 Traveling Exhibition of the Utah All State High School Art Competition in the fourth-floor gallery, numerous visual arts and musicians’ workshops, performances of operatic arias, a collaborative … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: New stories, voices, creative tools unite artistic community for 41st annual festival

Every year’s Utah Arts Festival brings new stories. For the 41st annual festival, visitors will see Florida’s Bill Wharton The Sauce Boss prepare enough gumbo to feed the crowd while he sings in his distinct style of Florida-inspired funk and blues. The Pedrito Martinez Group consistently impresses crowds, including the recent Spoleto Festival, with its … Read more

Ballet West’s inaugural National Choreographic Festival

Ballet West will embark on a new annual tradition this weekend with the start of the National Choreographic Festival—running two weekends at the Eccles Theater. The National Choreographic Festival marks Ballet West’s first performances in the new 2,500-seat venue as well as a larger presence in the professional dance community nationally. “I have decided to … Read more

Photos from 2017 North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS)

Now in its 13th year, the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) chose Salt Lake City for their annual showcase of some of the world’s most exquisite hand-built bicycles. Bike builders from all across the country gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center to show off their custom bikes. The event showcases local “garage builders” … Read more