State University hosts inaugural juried photography
AND RANGES: Photograph by Stephen Chalmers in
February 3, 2009 | Utah State University’s
Department of Art in the Caine School of the Arts, has
organized a juried photography exhibition, “The Tippsetts
Intermountain Competitive Exhibition.” In its inaugural
year, the 2009 exhibit’s theme is “Borders, Boundaries
and Ranges,” and features the creative work of artists
from the Intermountain region.
The exhibition is displayed Feb.
2-20 in the Twain C. Tippetts Gallery in the Chase Fine
Arts Center (approximately 1110 E. 610 N., Logan) on
the USU campus.
The Tippetts Intermountain Competitive
Exhibition was open to artists over the age of 18 who
currently reside in the states of Arizona, California,
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon,
Utah, Washington or Wyoming.
The exhibition honors Twain C. Tippetts,
a long time USU arts faculty member and administrator.
He began his tenure as art department head in 1956.
He spent years traveling across a six state region meeting
emerging artists and eventually exhibiting their work,
gaining a reputation for his passions, said USU’s current
art department head Carolyn Cardenas.
“Twain Tippetts exhibited definitive
photography and clay work of the West all while telling
folk and wanderlust stories with a spry, humorous wit,”
she said. “He collected watercolors, drawings, prints
and paintings and led student tours to artist studios
across the globe, all the while finding any location
he could to exhibit these passions. By following his
tradition, he set the context for this show.”
The show features photographs from
nationally recognized photographers Stephen Marc, Julie
Anand and Stephen Chalmers. In all, work from 17 regional
artists explores the exhibition’s theme. Additional
artists include Carolyn Guild and Noelle Berlage from
Utah; Daniel Kasser from California; and Craig Goodworth
from New Mexico.
“We are thrilled to launch
this new competition and exhibition,” said Christopher
M. Gauthiér, curator. “We hope this will be the beginning
of a new tradition for the Intermountain arts community
and an opportunity for the residents of this region
to appreciate the substantial talent we enjoy here.”
The show’s juror is Sarah Linford,
a USU alumna who received her bachelor of arts degree
“Works submitted and selected
for this exhibition are of the highest quality one can
expect,” said Linford. “The photographs approached our
theme from a variety of interesting perspectives that
are going to make a beautiful show.”
After graduating from USU, Linford
completed a graduate degree in the history of art at
Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Linford has
worked in a number of museums, including the Museum
of Modern Art, New York, and the Clark Art Institute,
as well as curating special projects for a private art
gallery, Eckert Fine Art. She currently works for Economics
Research Associates as a museum consultant.
For more information about the exhibition,
contact the department of art at (435) 797-3460.