Year of the Arts

Arts Elevate. Utah State University’s 2017- 2018 Year of the Arts spotlights the unique power of the arts to illuminate, transform and inspire the human spirit.

Utah Public Radio is proud to be part of this celebration by featuring reports and stories that highlight the importance of the arts in all aspects of life. Join us for Access Utah and listen for news reports and features from our news team as we spotlight USU’s Year of the Arts on Utah Public Radio.

Keri Wilt compared to her great-great-grandmother
Keri Wilt

  


  In 1911, a book called The Secret Garden was published. At the time it didn’t receive much attention, but over the years it would grow to become a children’s classic. The book was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett who also wrote classics such as A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy.

Maynard
Thunderbird Foundation For The Arts

 

Maynard Dixon was a successful western artist, known for his impressionistic works featuring southern Utah and Arizona landscapes. In 1939 he left his home in San Francisco for Mount Carmel, Utah - a small town settlement bordered by national parks and public lands.

Working on a machette
David Sidwell

Deep in the mountains of Tuscany, Italy exists a small town, dedicated to one thing: marble. In Carrara, marble is everywhere. Bright white marble floors, blocks of marble lining the river, and many, many marble sculptures.

Located in University of Utah’s Crocker Science Building
Americans for the Arts


In the state of Utah, over 230 permanent artworks have been placed on sidewalks, parks, city buildings and plazas. Many of these works include sculptures, paintings, landscapes, and installations. The thing that makes these artworks interesting, is that they were all funded by legislation, a statute called the Utah Percent-for-Art Act.

Cache Valley from above
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Cache Valley is home to the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Museum of Anthropology, and Utah State University Geology Museum. But it doesn't have a museum about the history of Cache Valley. That may change soon.

Logan Library Sending Out Surveys For Public Input

May 25, 2018
A view of the Logan Library near the police department
Logan City

 


The Logan Library is a sanctuary for academics, researchers and your common bookworm. It has been stationed near the Logan City Police Department since 1985 when the then-library director, Ronald Jenkins, pushed for a new building and increased library funding.

Exascale - Sandia National Laboratories

  What do you hear? Someone saying “laurel” or someone saying “yanny”? Well, this particular audio clip has been conflicting many internet users over the past week.

The Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake City currently has a Star Wars based arts exhibit on display. ‘Star Wars: Heroes and Villains’ features fan art from not only the Star Wars Universe, but many other science fiction universes as well, and it’s all created by local Utah artists.


The JenkStars are a group of up-cycle engineers and artists, who pride themselves in their abilities to create just about anything out of junk, hence the name Jenkstars. From compostable toilets to a giant flying saucer sculpture covered in solar panels, these people can build it all.

A rising river with sandbagged house
Cottonwood Heights

  


April showers bring May flowers… and rising water levels! And we all know what that means.

A collaboration of various choirs singing together
Temple Square

  


The Temple Square Festival of Choirs is a series of concerts held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. This year’s festival includes many choirs from around Utah who will be performing at various times on April 27th and 28th.

Justin Tolman painting Percy
Justin Tolman

  


Justin Tolman. He’s a sculptor and dinosaur connoisseur, with a particular interest in dromaeosaurids, more commonly known as raptors.

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra Performing Live
Weston Lee Allen

  


"2018 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Supposedly, the war to end all wars. But we know, the story did not work that way," said Dr. Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts and music director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

The Wellsville Tabernacle
The Wellsville Foundation

  


The Wellsville Tabernacle in Cache Valley was a cultural center for private events for decades. It was first built in 1902 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, then later sold to Wellsville City, and finally sold to the Wellsville Foundation in 1994.

Bulls On Logan Main Street Set For Late Retirement

Mar 30, 2018
A bull statue covered in M&M's painted by various Cache Valley High Schools
Faith Heaton Jolley

 


While strolling along Main Street in Downtown Logan, one can visit antique shops, eat at restaurants, and see opera and theater productions. Walking along, one can also see some peculiar painted bulls - some decorated in designs depicting candies like M&M’s, or wearing Tutu’s like Cache Valley Civic Ballet ballerinas - grazing on the sidewalks.

Richard Elliott plays the Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ
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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. 

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. 

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.

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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.

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

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