Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Literary Arts venue highlights exhilarating changes in the landscape of letters

The ways we read, hear, absorb and consume literature continue to morph through a messy yet exhilarating chaos. The prior autocratic tendencies of the literary world are giving way to a formidable enlightenment in which new voices and forms have reinvigorated the essence and urgency of memorable story telling. This year’s Literary Arts program, the … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Kids Art Yard a model of creative upcycling art, community partnerships

Just Google the terms “upcycling and kid’s art,” and pages upon pages of ideas for do-it-yourself art projects will pop up that mostly ask for inexpensive items that most household family members often throw into the trash without a second thought. The term is more popular than ever. It was coined by Reiner Pilz who … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Emily Adams’ Laden premieres as new dance commission in concert featuring Ballet West artists

Since being established in 2011, the Utah Arts Festival’s dance commission program has brought forward a tremendous partnership with Ballet West performers and adventurous original choreographed compositions. The legacy expands this year with Laden, a work created by Emily Adams, Ballet West principal, which will be the closing piece on a program of six works … Read more

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: Largest Artist Marketplace in festival history features fresh takes in aesthetics, media, techniques

This year’s Artist Marketplace at the Utah Arts Festival represents a continuing evolution in how artists are using media in original ways to leverage the strongest possible forms of expression in their aesthetics and technique. There are examples of repurposed materials for 3-D media art works including model airplanes made out of beverage cans, new … Read more