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The Intermountain Society of Artists Fall Show

The Intermountain Society of Artists presents their annual fall exhibition at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Sept 3 – Oct 26. Enjoy over 100 oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors and mixed media by some of Utah’s finest artists.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by arrangement

Art Through the Cultural Revolution

Along with “From the Masses to the Masses: Art of the Yan’an Cave Artists Group” a film documentary

The exhibit includes the work of several artists known as the Cave Artists Group (Yaodong Huapai) who worked under the direction of Beijing based artist Jin Zhilin. Jin, a student of Xu Beihong and later a contemporary of Constantine Maximov at the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts, was sent to Yan’an in the midst of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) where he recruited local artists such as Feng Shanyun, Chen Sanqiao, Song Ruxin, and others to study art at the Yan’an Masses Art Studio that he directed.

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Yan’an was the Chinese Communists’ revolutionary capital in Shaanxi Province in northwestern China for thirteen years (1936-1949). Although a remote and poor rural area, Yan’an has a strong folk art tradition. However, Yan’an is unique because of its rich revolutionary traditions. Following the Maoist dictum of “learning from the masses,” Jin Zhilin required his students to go to the countryside and study local folk art with peasant artists. Jin’s students incorporated Shaanxi folk art influences, such as paper cutting, into their woodblock prints. The art in the collection reflects these elements of local folk art and the historical significance of the region. Art was created using various mediums: woodcuts, watercolors (gouache) and oil. Woodcuts and watercolors were more common because oil painting in the countryside at the time was less practical.

The collection includes Jin’s early work from the 1950s, which was heavily influenced by Soviet Social Realism, work produced during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) that towards the end was illustrative of the Revolutionary Romanticism engulfing the arts in China, and works from the post-Cultural Revolution period (late 1970s-early 1980s), reflecting more traditional themes and aspects of local culture that Jin encouraged his students to study. Geographic landmarks such as the Yan’an pagoda, traditional Shaanxi cave residences, the headdress worn by local Shaanxi men, and influences of local folk art are common characteristics of the works of the Cave Artist Group that emerged under Jin Zhilin’s influence.

The collection is original and was acquired in numerous trips to China between 1999-2008. The art of the exhibit was not originally created to be sold, as there was no commercial value to art at that time. Instead, art was utilized for social and political purposes. In the case of the woodblocks, making only a few copies before shaving the block for a new woodcut was common. In most cases the artists were not even sure what happened to their work once it was turned over to local authorities to be reviewed and exhibited in support of domestic and even international policy initiatives. As a result, nearly all of the pieces are the only known copies to exist.

Period photographs and two documentary films will be part of this exhibition.

This exhibition is the result of a collaboration with the UVU International Center director Danny Damron, the collection owner Dodge Billingsly (Combat Films site” href=”http://www.combatfilms.com” Visit his film company web site COMBAT FILMS AND RESEARCH), and the UVU Woodbury Art Museum. It is anticipated that there will be many other accompanying events, symposia and lectures with participation from various quarters of the university.

The Mundi Project presents WATER

Mundi Water Works Art, Music & Poetry Workshops, Children's Activities, Scholarships, Salt Lake City, Utah, Live PerformancesWater

Where Nature Meets Art

Visual Art and Poetry Workshops

The Mundi Project is presenting a series of visual art and poetry workshops exploring water myths and meanings on Saturday January 15, 22, and 29 for youth in the Salt Lake School District.

Artwork and poetry will be displayed at and during the performance of “Water”- a multi-disciplinary piano concert on February 24 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

This project is supported by ZAP, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and the Salt Lake Arts Council.

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Watercolor on Fabric

The Mundi Project welcomes students, ages 8 to 12, to paint undersea themes, waves, & sea life on fabric. Artwork will be showcased as scenic backdrops for “Water” music and dance performance in February.

January 15, 2011
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages 8 – 12
Visual Art Institute, 1838 South 15th East
Cost: $15 (Scholarships Available)
Faculty: Wayne Geary

Water Masks and Myths

The Mundi Project welcomes students, ages 13 to 17, to this mask-building workshop; exploring sculpting, painting, & water myths of the Americans. Artwork will be showcased at The Mundi Project’s Water music and dance performance in February.

January 15, 22, and 29
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages: 13 – 17
Visual Art Institute, 1838 South 15th East
Cost: $30 (Scholarships Available)
Faculty: Wayne Geary

Poetry Workshop

The Mundi Project welcomes ages 9-15 to wet your paper with ink at this poetry workshop; exploring water myths, symbolism, and literature. Poetry will be showcased at “Water” music and dance performance in February.

January 22, 2011
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Ages 9 – 15
Day-Riverside Library, 1575 West 1000 North
Faculty: Sara Caldiero-Orteli

January 29, 2011
2:00-4:00 PM
Ages 9 – 15
Sprague Library, 2131 Highland Drive
Faculty: Sara Caldiero-Orteli

The Mundi Project, PO BOX 520696, Salt Lake City UT 84152  (801) 487-8594