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The year 2020 is marked by the COVID pandemic. While many things shut down, art continued to thrive in Utah cities.

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In conjunction with the Moth Mainstage event coming to Logan next month, UPR and Cache Arts are presenting 15 Things Utahns Can’t Live Without in a Pandemic, which is based on NPR’s 15 Things Folks Can’t Live Without in a Pandemic. The project is about the power of storytelling, and how it can be a catharsis and a way of processing as we collectively deal with this ongoing global pandemic.


In 2017, Tallia Feltis signed the lease for an empty photo studio in a Provo mall and opened the Neighborhood Art Center. According to Feltis, she launched the non-profit because she believed her community needed more creative spaces. 

Power, Representation In LGBTQ Art

Jun 30, 2021
Darcy Ritchie

Earlier in June, the Utah Pride Foundation celebrated Pride Month with a story garden in Salt Lake City featuring the work of many LGBTQ artists. UPR’s Darcy Ritchie spoke with two of the featured artists about the power of art and their experiences as members of the LGBTQ community in Utah.


The work of photographer Craig Law is included in an exhibition at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University. The exhibit is called Sky Above, Earth Below: A History of Western Landscape Photography.  You can view the exhibit at

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While artist Chris Terry is known for his contemplative interior landscapes, an exhibition at the USU Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) featured the experimental work he was able to create during four sabbaticals throughout his tenure at USU.

A quilt of a woman sitting
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When you think of quilting, the image that comes to mind may be a patchwork blanket or hanging fabrics passed down through generations. The “Evolving Perceptions” exhibit at the Brigham City Museum of Art & History is an attempt to shake up quilting’s old fashioned reputation in the art world.

Second Outdoor Art Gallery Opens In Cache Valley

Jun 22, 2020


Trace Skeen, the project leader for the outdoor art galleries created by the Cache Valley Morning Rotary Club, said he found his inspiration after judging various school district art competitions. He wanted to create a space for both students and elderly individuals to showcase talents that may otherwise stay hidden.    

David Maisel (b. 1961, New York) is an artist working in photography and video, and the recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts.

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  While artist Chris Terry is known for his contemplative interior landscapes, a new exhibition at the USU Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) features the experimental work he was able to create during four sabbaticals throughout his tenure at USU.

Brigham City Museum Invites Students To 'Make' History

Apr 1, 2020

Staff at the Brigham City Museum are inviting students to “make history” by creating art that reflects their experience during the coronavirus pandemic.

Photographer, marriage and family therapist and Utah State University alum Kimberly Anderson was on the USU campus in early March to give a presentation on her work. Her presentation, “Transitioning Within Landscapes: The Photography of Kimberly Anderson,” touched on her work as a photographer interwoven with her identity as a transgender woman.

Father of Television Statue Comes Home

Mar 16, 2020
Office of the Architect of the U.S. Capitol Building

"His inventions can be said to have started us down the path to where we are now with computers and with iPhones and all of that, because without the first invention of the television, who knows where we would have been?" said Erin Wynn, executive director of the Martha Hughes Cannon Oversight Committee, on the legacy of Philo T. Farnsworth, who invented the tubes that made early television possible.

Art And Literature In The #MeToo Movement

Jan 10, 2020

The Me-Too movement has been widely seen on social media platforms as a way to empower women who have experienced sexual harassment and assault by showing survivors they are not alone. 

Art and literature have always played a big role in how people share stories and ideas with one another. The social movement “Me Too” is no exception.

Salt Lake County Center for the Arts

War is not an abstraction. And the wounds of war don’t stop at the warrior. They reverberate through families and communities. The salient question remains “When does war end?” For veterans and their families and loved ones the answer is complex. “Between War & Here” is a new collaboration between journalists and musicians, exploring honor, courage, loss, and hope, with music, poetry, and memoir.

The Block Film and Art Festival is this weekend in Logan. Today, we're previewing the festival. Our guests include Michael Bingham, founder of Jump the Moon Art Studios, Jolynne Lyon, UPR feature correspondent for our Diagnosed series, Steve Smith, submission manager for the festival, and Brenda Hawley, the festival's art curator. 

UPR will also have a presentation at the festival: Saturday, September 29th at 3 p.m. at Great Harvest.

Today, as a part of Utah State University’s Year of the Arts, we’ll focus on the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, which is looking forward to its grand reopening Saturday, September 15th.

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Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening together sticks, artist Patrick Dougherty creates works of art inseparable with nature and the landscape. With a dazzling variety of forms seamlesslyintertwined with their context, his sculptures evoke fantastical images of nests, cocoons, cones, castles, and beehives.


We don’t know how. We don’t know when. But death comes for us all. 


Today, as a part of Utah State University’s Year of the Arts, we’ll focus on the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, which is looking forward to a grand re-opening in September after renovation and expansion.

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. 

Cache County School District

A Cache Valley elementary school art teacher was fired after he had his class pass around prints of classical art from a collection of postcards from the school’s library, which included prints of nude paintings. The teacher, Mateo Rueda said he didn’t know those paintings were part of the set and would not have used them. This story drew international press coverage. Rueda and Cache County School district have reached an agreement in the case. We’ll talk about it on Tuesday’s Access Utah. Our guests will include Mateo Rueda and the mother of one of the students.

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

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In the first half today, a conversation with Utah State University President, Noelle Cockett. We’ll talk about issues in higher education, including sexual assault on campus, immigration, and a recent controversial donation to USU from the Charles Koch Foundation.

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"Remember that you will die..." 

On today's spooky edition of Access Utah, we talked with some of Utah State University's foremost experts on the history, art and tradition of death. 

A new online exhibit sponsored by the USU's University Libraries "traces the thematic iconographies of death, dying and mourning."

Titled "Memento Mori," Latin for "Remember that you will die," the exhibit shows how symbols of death and the afterlife became dominant in art with the dawn of western Christianity. 

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According to a study on, the annual income for artists in Utah is  $34,000, which is 40% less than the national average. But for Chuck Landvatter, an art teacher at Utah State University, pursuing art is something worth the limited income.

Jim Glenn

Artist applications are currently being accepted for the creation of art in public spaces at the new Department of Environmental Quality Technical Support Center in Salt Lake City, a building used for storage and laboratory work for the department.

Mikey Kettinger

When Utah artist Mikey Kettinger designed “Gifts from Atheists, Mormons, and Muslims,” he hoped he could share a message of warmth with his community, but he didn’t know how far that message would spread.

Photo: Mikey Kettinger

The band Beats Antique integrates elements of many musical styles into their records, ultimately producing a widely appreciated style that appeals to a diverse range of listeners. Their performances are popular due to their visual components: colorful lights create moving shapes covering the stage and a dynamic dancer comes and goes throughout the show.

The annual Utah Arts Festival attracts artists from all over Utah and the American West.  Most vendors focus on exhibiting works that appeal to the masses: mountainous landscapes, cute comical portraits, furniture and fashion goods.  But one fine artist’s booth stood out among the typical art festival tents.