Twilight Concert Series


The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2014 Twilight Concert Series. The series returns to Pioneer Park, now in its 27th season, with another tremendous lineup. The series will run July 10 through August 28 every Thursday evening. Performing artists include:


July 10 - Ms. Lauryn Hill // Thundercat


July 17 - TV On The Radio // Twin Shadow


July 24 - Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires //

The Budos Band


July 31 - Wu Tang Clan // Run the Jewels //

DJ Matty Mo (CWMA Award Winner)


August 7 - Local Natives // Unknown Mortal Orchestra


August 14 - Beck // Future Island


August 21 De La Soul // Rapsody and 9th Wonder

Better Taste Bureau (CWMA Award Winner)


August 28 - The Head And The Heart // San Fermin

Westward The Tide (CWMA Award Winner)

The Salt Lake City Arts Council works to create a vibrant city through promoting arts programs. Twilight concerts are an example of this goal and have been established as a longtime staple of Salt Lake City’s downtown landscape, recognized for inviting some of the most impressive names in music. This year the Salt Lake City Arts Council is proud to partner with the City Weekly Music Awards (CWMA) to highlight Salt Lake’s talented and vibrant local music scene. Each of the three winners will perform an opening set at the Twilight Concert Series.


For 2014, tickets are still just $5.00 dollars for each concert and $35.00 for season tickets. Please visit our website at to purchase tickets and to get the most up-to-date information.




Lee Deffebach

The Finch Lane Gallery is celebrating artists who have exhibited in this iconic space over the past 30 years with the exhibition titled “30 Years at Finch Lane Galleries: A Retrospective.” The exhibition features 30 of the hundreds of artists who have shown in the space, many of whom also have pieces of public art in Salt Lake City. The exhibition is a celebration of artistic diversity, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and honors all those who have contributed to the City’s artistic fabric. The exhibition will be on view at the Finch Lane Gallery June 27 through August 8, 2014.


The Salt Lake City Arts Council has managed the Finch Lane Gallery at the “Art Barn” since the late 1970s, when the former tenants, the Salt Lake Art Center (now Utah Museum of Contemporary Art) moved to its current location. “Selecting only 30 artists from among the illustrious list of Utah artists who have shown at our venue was the most difficult part of organizing the exhibition,” said curator and Visual Arts Program Manager Kandace Steadman. “For as many artists as we selected, there are literally dozens more who could have been asked.”

Caitlin Connolly

Exhibition space in the Finch Lane Galleries is limited, so Steadman tried to select one artist from each year. Lee Deffebach and Ed Maryon’s work are being exhibited posthumously. Living artists were asked to exhibit works they have completed in the last two years.


The roster of exhibiting artists is a representation of some of the most prolific and recognized artists in the state and include: Trent Alvey, David Baddley, Susan Beck, Anna Campbell Bliss, Robert Bliss, Connie Borup, Sandy Brunvand, Royden Card, Laurel Casjens, Wendy Chidester, Caitlin Connolly, Lee Deffebach, Mark England, Dan Gerhart, Paul Heath, Jeff Juhlin, Lenka Konopasek, Beth Krensky, Willy Littig, Jimmy Lucero, Ed Maryon, Layne Meacham, Ron Richmond, John Sproul, Bonnie Sucec, Darl Thomas, Maureen O’Hara Ure, Clay Wagstaff, Rebecca Wagstaff, and Justin Wheatley.



Summer closes with exhibitions by portrait painter Michelle Condrat, glass artist Julie Stutznegger, and lamps by artists David and Nancy Starks. The human figure and creative use of glass are the overarching themes.


Michelle Condrat’s work captures the moment in a portrait that suggests overlooked emotions that happen in everyday activities: when a person fiddles with his or her fingers, takes a drinks, or is being watched when they aren’t aware of it. Condrat’s style incorporates broad brush strokes and blended edges. Yet the final work has a pixilated effect and the images seem to be captured in a split second, leaving an after-image on the canvas. Condrat notes, “Even the most simple and smallest moments can be epic and powerful.”

Julie Stutznegger creates abstract paintings composed entirely of kiln fired glass. Glass powder is layered on a glass surface, fired, then sandblasted or ground to reveal underlying layers of color and pattern. "The reaction of the glass in the kiln can be anticipated and controlled to a certain point, but there is also spontaneity to the medium as well," says Stutznegger.


Husband and wife team David and Nancy Starks combine their talents of welding steel and soldering stained glass to create a series of lamps that often feature the human form as part of the lamp. The combined steel and glass is a whimsical blending of their work that brings new illumination to a functional object.


Call for Entries for Salt Lake City & County Building


The Salt Lake City & County Building is issuing a Call for Entries to exhibit in that space in 2015. Deadline for submission is August 11, 2014. For more information, please contact Alexis Anderson at (801) 535-7280 or at



The Visual Arts Committee, comprised of Salt Lake City Arts Council Board Members and community artists, met on May 22 to review applications and select artists to exhibit in 2015. Of the 57 proposals submitted, the following artists were selected:


Namon Bills, Mark England, Chad Farnes, Rebecca Reese Jacoby, Matthew Kruback, Elise LaJeunesse, Kristina Lenzi and Darryl Erdmann, Brian Lindley, Anne Muñoz, Scott Peterson, Richard Lance Russell, Jena Schmidt, Eleanor Scholz, Nancy Steele-Makasci, Adam Thomas, Hannah Vaughn and Kevin Arthofer, and David Wolske.


The committee also reviewed applications for the “Altared Books: Offerings in (Con)text” exhibition, which will be on view October 3 through November 14, 2014. Artists selected include:


Carol Berrey, Emily Dyer, Jody Plant, Chauncey Secrist, Nancy Steele-Makasci, and Lone Vilnius.


Other artists have been invited to participate in this exhibition.



The 2014 Living Traditions Festival was presented in mid May at the City & County Building in downtown Salt Lake City, and was a great success!! The weather was terrific, and over the course of the weekend attendance was the largest we have seen in over 4 years.


Friday morning of the festival weekend began with the School Day program, at which over 2,300 elementary school students from the Salt Lake City area attended and learned about cultural traditions through workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


We presented over 70 local artist performances, 40 craft artists, a Native American Pow Wow demonstration, and served over 500 children at the interactive Living Traditions Kids area. We also had two fantastic national touring artists headline our north stage, Red Baraat and Quetzal.


In all, the 2014 Living Traditions Festival presented the high quality work of our native and immigrant cultures in a celebratory spirit to the delight of an audience of over 50,000 people. We would like to thank all the performing artists, craft artists, and local non-profit organizations who presented their amazing food. Also to our sponsors for their generous support and dedicated staff and volunteers for all their hard work!! Thank you all!!




The Salt Lake Art Design Board selected two artists from the Pre-Qualified Artist Pool (POOL) to create proposals for a public art project at Jordan Meadows Park, a small pocket park located at 1920 West 400 North near Meadowlark Elementary School.


After thoughtful review of both proposals, the Design Board selected Greg Ragland for the commission. Ragland proposed three, large scale 4-leaf clovers fabricated from ¾” stainless steel. The stainless will have a random brushed finish which will softly reflect the neighborhood, the green grass, people, and all things around them. They will engage the imaginations of young and old with their scale and beautiful undulating sculptural forms. The sculptures will be installed on the northeast side as a grouping outside the concrete path that runs the perimeter of the park. The project will be complete in May 2015.



Salt Lake City artist Lenka Konopasek created 3-cast bronze sculptures using simple, elegant leaf forms from native trees found along the Jordan River as her inspiration for the artwork recently installed in Cottonwood Park. The park, located at 1540 West 300 North, is a beautiful 25-acre multi-use area with a walking path, dog park, open space, playground and the Jordan River running through it.


Nestled in each richly patinaed, over-sized leaf, the sculpture holds dwellings connecting nature and the quaint architecture of the neighboring homes. On the back of each of the leaves, Konopasek etched text, in English and Spanish, which references the community, it’s residents, and the history of the river. Secret Dwellings will engage each viewer and encourage curiosity through the intimacy, scale, and their thoughtful placement in the park.


These two projects were funded through Salt Lake City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and managed by the Salt Lake City Arts Council in partnership with Salt Lake City Parks and Open Lands. The funds are specifically designated for public art projects in qualifying parks in Salt Lake City.




In coordination with SLC Transportation, the public art program issued a Request for Proposals in the spring to Utah artists to design bike racks for downtown Salt Lake City. Sixteen written proposals were submitted for consideration, which were reviewed by the Salt Lake Art Design Board and Review Committee.


The Design Board recommended, and the Mayor approved, the following artists for the project: Ethan Barley, Nick Vienneau, Mïa Vollkommer, and the team of Willy Littig and Nate Srok. Each artist/team will create the two unique rack designs they proposed. The eight new racks will be installed at downtown locations later this fall.


We view this initial selection of bike racks as a pilot project to create a series of artist-designed bike racks each year. This is a great opportunity to have more Utah artists, established and emerging, represented on the streets of Salt Lake City through functional, engaging works of art.




The public art program, in partnership with Salt Lake City Division of Engineering, will soon have a way for residents, visitors and, anyone really, to tour Salt Lake City’s public art collection in a basic and intuitive way. Using “Story Maps,” an open-source web app, we will combine web maps and a cloud-based interactive mapping system with multimedia content—text, photos, video, and audio—to let us tell stories about our collection. We have over 250 artworks in the collection, including those at the City & County Building that we want to share. This new way (to us!) of encountering artworks is also an incredible opportunity for others to experience the diversity, depth, and quality of the artists that can be found in Utah. We hope to have this new system in place later this fall.



The Salt Lake City Arts Council is excited to announce the 2014 Brown Bag Concert Series, celebrating its 37th year showcasing local music and dance! Since its 1978 inception, the popular lunchtime series has helped energize downtown Salt Lake City by providing free entertainment to audiences each week. This year’s lineup includes an eclectic mix of musical genres, including classic blues, jazz, indie-rock, electronic pop, and bluegrass among many others. Concerts run Monday through Friday from August 4 to August 29, 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.


2014 Concert Location

August 4-8: Exchange Place Plaza (350 South Main)

August 11-15: City Creek Park (State Street and 2nd Avenue)

August 18-22: Salt Lake City & County Building (451 South State Street)

August 25-29: SLC Main Library Plaza (210 East 400 South)


2014 Participating Artists:

Ayllupura, Aspen Winds, Better Off with the Blues, The Chris Dokos Band, The Chris Petty Vibes Quartet, Coyote Vision Group, Doug Witch & Anke Summerhill Trio, Folk Hogan, Giraffula, The Harlem Shuffle, The Hot Club of Zion, Jack Schunk Trio, The John Flanders Group, Juana Ghani, Lake Island, Merchant Royal, Red Desert Ramblers, Shanahy, Tablado Dance Company, and Zodiac Empire.


*Please check our website for the full artist schedule to be released soon!!


The Brown Bag Concert Series began as a street theater project 36 years ago. Over the past three decades, the series has presented more than 1,500 concerts in plazas, parks, shopping malls, tennis courts, buses, and even elevators throughout Salt Lake City. The series has won awards, presented top national and regional touring artists, been broadcast live on the radio, and continues to be one of the longest running daily concert series of its kind in the country.


And don’t forget to bring your appetite! Each Brown Bag Concert features a drawing for a free lunch at a variety of participating downtown Salt Lake City eating establishments. Drawings occur immediately following the performance and ticketholders must be present to win.


All concerts are free to the public.



Is there City-owned location in your neighborhood that would benefit from a community art project? The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to encourage art projects in all seven City Council Districts on City-owned property or in the right-of-way. This might include utility boxes, street/sidewalk paintings, artistic banners, sculptural works, or murals. We invite artists, schools, neighborhood groups or organizations to submit a proposal to place art on City property that would enhance the quality of the community.

Salt Lake City receives requests regularly from citizen groups and non-profit organizations to place or paint art on City property. To assist and encourage these groups in their desire to add artistic elements to the urban landscape, guidelines have been developed and a review process implemented for these types of community-based projects. Some of the objectives of these guidelines are to:


• Encourage projects that contribute to the quality of the public realm.

• Encourage initiatives that come from, are supported by, and enhance the community.

• Respect and support local artists.

• Provide project opportunities to all districts and neighborhoods.


THIS IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR CITY FUNDING. The purpose of this application process is solely for the review/approval of requests from artists and community groups to do art projects on Salt Lake City property at their own expense. Visit for the application. The deadline for submission is Monday, August 25, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. Applicants will be notified in September.


With the opening of the Finch Lane Galleries 30 year retrospective exhibition, the Salt Lake City Arts Council staff and board are reminded of the legacy and leadership of other arts groups in the City also celebrating long and vibrant histories this year.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Utah are marking their 100th year of collecting and exhibiting fine art with multiple special events and programs; Ballet West celebrated their 50th season with a full and dynamic schedule, broke ground for a new ballet centre facility, and welcomed a new Executive Director, Scott Altman; The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presented a powerful and exciting 50th anniversary season which included a premier of the work of their new artistic director, Daniel Charon; and Art Access is currently celebrating their 30 year history with the exhibition “Creative Differences” open until July 11.


The tenure of these and the many other cultural organizations is important to note as evidence of the long tradition of interest in and support of the arts in Salt Lake City. Congratulations to all!



The Guest Writers Series, sponsored by the University of Utah Creative Writing Department Program and the Salt Lake City Arts Council, kicks off the 20th season with five-minute readings by graduate students. This annual event brings fresh voices to Salt Lake City’s literary scene and sets the stage for national writers who read from the same podium throughout the year.


Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. - Poet Frank Bidart


Frank Bidart was born in California in 1939 and educated at the University of California at Riverside and at Harvard University. His first volume of poetry, Golden State was selected for the Braziller Poetry series, but it wasn’t until the publication of The Sacrifice that Bidart’s poetry began to attract a wider leadership. His recent volumes include Metaphysical Dog: Poems; Watching the Spring Festival: Poems; Star Dust; Music Like Dirt; and Desire, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. He is also the co-editor of Robert Lowell’s Collected Poems.


About his work, the former U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Glück has said, “Since the publication, in 1973, of Golden State, Frank Bidart has patiently amassed as profound and original a body of work as any now being written in this country.”


His honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation Writer’s Award, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Shelley Award of the Poetry Society of America, and The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize for “The War of Vaslav Nijinsky”. In 2007, he received the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry.


Bidart was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2003. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has taught at Wellesley College since 1972.





Mosaics, the process of making pictures or designs by inlaying small bits of colored tile or glass into mortar, pop up everywhere. You’ll find them in serving trays, trivets, picture frames, mirrors, or as decorative elements on table tops, bathroom backsplashes, garden furniture, and more. Their solidity, resistance to moisture, durability, and color-fastness make mosaics perfect for practical uses, and they can be spectacular in their color and beauty. The possibilities are endless with simple, easy-to-learn, mosaic tiling. In this introductory class, students learn to cut glass, form a design, adhere the glass to a surface, and grout it into place as they complete a small project of your choosing. No artistic experience is necessary.


LOCATION: Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane

WHEN: Saturday: August 16 & 23, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Shepherd

TUITION: $75 + $38 Special Fee



Enchanted by the aesthetic beauty of watercolor with its subtle washes and expressive detail? Learn the basics for your own pursuit of beauty in this course. Students are responsible for their own materials; find a list online, or call 801- 587-5433. This class is limited to 10.


LOCATION: Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane

WHEN: Tuesdays: September 9 through October 28, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Vroom

TUITION: $199 + $10 Special Fee


To register or for more information, please visit