Arts and Culture

Richard Elliott plays the Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ


A 1967 Holtkamp Organ is the featured instrument at the annual Campbell Organ Festival in Logan. Richard Elliott, principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will be performing a few of his original works in the recently renovated Daines Concert Hall on the Utah State University campus this Friday.

An above view of Tyler Rasmuson's piece for the Reflections contest
Tyler Rasmuson


A dozen students from Cache Valley were recognized this year at the state level of the Parent Teacher Association Reflections program. 

Art created in the Art Therapy for Survivors of Sexual Assault workshop
Kat Smith

A Utah organization is using art as a form of therapy for victims of sexual assault or abuse. Art Access's five-week art therapy program has a history of helping clients express themselves.

Young Local Composer Publishes Piano Solo Book

Mar 7, 2018
Emma Cardon plays the cello
Emma Cardon

  Emma Cardon has had music running through her veins since a very early age.


“Well I started playing piano when I was four, and I immediately was bored, so I started writing myself more interesting pieces. So arrangements of what I was doing, and then when I was six I really started composing pieces.” Cardon said.

She’s a freshman in college, and has already composed pieces for multiple groups, including the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop.


Yekwon Sunwoo performing
Ralph Lauer/Cliburn Competition

The Wasserman Festival is an international musical celebration on Utah State University campus. The festival features various performers throughout the spring, including Yekwon Sunwoo.

The event at the Tracy Aviary will help educate public on light pollution prevention.
Tracy Aviary


This week, an organization that helps care for a protect Utah birds is using music, art and astronomy to encourage environmental awareness. Officials for the event Birds and Brews say this is one collaboration they hope will increase awareness of preserving night skies. 

The Utah Senate received over 300 submissions from high school students for its annual Utah Senate Visual Art Contest. 28 students were recognized on the senate floor on February 5. The winning student won a $5000 scholarship toward their college fund, and the rest of the winners won other various scholarships.

Jazzman Joe McQueen Plays In Brigham City

Feb 16, 2018


In 1945, an up-and-coming jazz tenor saxophonist named Joe McQueen made a stop in Ogden, to play a weeks worth of gigs. But after his band leader kept the band's earnings and abandoned the members, McQueen decided to stay and build up his reputation in the jazz scene. 

During the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Utah plays host to producers and directors from around the world. They come to promote international films to the U.S. consumer. UPR’s Kerry Bringhurst spent her time at the festival viewing international films and explains why the dark comedy Pity, that plays out like a Greek tragedy, captured her attention.

Logan Youth Shakespeare Names New Director

Feb 13, 2018

Logan Youth Shakespeare is an acting program for students that provides opportunities for young actors to perform unabridged works of Shakespeare. The program recently had a change in leadership saying good bye to Mary Jackson-Smith who was the director for nearly ten years.

Local Craftsmen Gather To Forge Foot Ware For Horses

Feb 9, 2018

The lost art of ferrying, when craftsmen create shoes for horses, is taken seriously by those who compete to be recognized for the fine art of manipulating metals into a functioning form of footwear.

The University of Utah was awarded a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation last December. It's the first time the organization recognized the university's arts and humanities program.

Logan School District Votes To Sell Public Art

Feb 7, 2018
Utah Department of Heritage and Arts

A controversial move by the Logan School District has Utah arts organizations wondering what they can do now to prevent other public education institutions from selling valuable paintings in the future.

In 2015 the National Association for Campus Activities recognized a Utah State University social event, PoBev,  that three years later has grown in popularity.

Dark Drama Addresses Sexual Assault

Feb 1, 2018
USU Cain College of the Arts

As part of our Utah State University Year of the Arts reporting project, USU journalism student Lexie Richins interviewed the director and cast members performing Amy Herzog’s, The Great God Pan. The show opens Friday, February 2, 2018 in the USU Black Box Theatre.

Community members and arts advocates in Utah are seeking signatures in support of a collection of Western art. The petition has been posted online by the Utah Cultural Alliance.

The stars of "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," winner of the Festival's grand jury prize.

The Chloe Grace Moretz film "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" has won the Sundance Film Festival's grand jury prize.

Awards were announced Saturday evening in Park City, Utah.

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst has been mingling among the attendees of the Sundance Film Festival who unknowingly become tools for marketing festival-sponsor products.


Valuable paintings by Utah and Wyoming artists displayed throughout schools in the Logan School District could be sold next week.

Logo for Salt Lake City's Annual Comic Con convention.

Salt Lake Comic Con lawyers have filed a motion for a new trial following a federal jury's decision that the convention infringes on San Diego Comic-Con's trademark.

The Salt Lake lawyers filed the paperwork on Tuesday in response to last month's eight-day trial in U.S. District Court, during which jurors decided that the California convention's trademarks are valid. The jury found that the infringement was not willful and awarded $20,000 in damages to the San Diego Comic-Con, which had sought $12 million.

Walk along main street in the historic mining town of Park City and you will see badges being worn and signs posted reminding festival goers to conduct themselves in ways that are respectful.

Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, Utah.

The Sundance Film Festival is proving to be the epicenter of a number of hot-button topics this year.The annual gathering of aspiring filmmakers, entertainment industry leaders, press and movie lovers kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah, in the era of Me Too, and for the first time in decades without Harvey Weinstein.

Last month, Lincoln Elementary School art teacher Mateo Rueda was fired after students in his class saw nude paintings in a set of printed cards as part of a lesson on color theory. 

In 2017, Julie Crabtree was Summerfest’s Best in Show, but she was still surprised to be chosen as this year’s featured artist.

Imperial Glee Club

The Imperial Glee Club has been performing for 102 years. The Cache Valley-based group performs show tunes, religious songs, patriotic pieces and of course Christmas classics. But according to some, audiences for this type of music are going away.