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February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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Exhibition commemorates life and work of late Utah artist

January 14 2009 | The Utah division of arts and museums is commemorating the life of recently deceased Utah painter J. Thomas "Tom" Mulder with an exhibition of his artwork titled Conscious Awakening of My Dreams: A Tom Mulder Retrospective. Mulder died of colon cancer on November 24, at the age of 69. A well-known and respected Utah artist, Mulder was known for his use of color, light, form, and design in the illustration of his work’s clear and simple themes. The exhibition is at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City, and opens with a public reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16.

"Since Tom shared his memories, passions, and experiences in life with others through his artwork, a commemorative exhibition of his paintings is only fitting. The show at the Rio will allow his friends, family, and peers to honor their memories of Tom with each other, and perpetuate his presence by introducing the public to Tom and his paintings, as well," said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.

The Mulder exhibition is comprised of two parts. The first section features a selection of Mulder’s paintings accompanied by personal writings by both the artist and those close to him. The second section is a small installation that reconstructs Mulder's workspace, including his easel and palette, exactly as it was left in his most recent studio space at Captain Captain Studios in Salt Lake City.

Mulder loved and was greatly inspired by the world’s "sun-belt" cultures, those that are located roughly along the same latitude as the Mediterranean Sea. He made a point of traveling extensively in India, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, and the Southwest United States, during which time, he developed the sense of color, light, and form characteristic of his artwork. Throughout his artistic career, Mulder was represented by several galleries, including Salt Lake City’s Phillips Gallery, and showed often at Park City‘s Kimball Art Center. He also participated in numerous art festivals, including the Utah Arts Festival and the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, where he was awarded First Place in 2003. A graduate of East High School in Salt Lake City and the University of Utah, Mulder also attended the Nizam College in Hyderabad, India, and completed his M.F.A. from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in 1977. After returning to Utah and until his death, Mulder lived in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City.

Conscious Awakening of My Dreams is curated by Trent Alvey and Chase Leslie for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. The exhibition runs from January 16 through March 5. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West) in Salt Lake City. All gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.


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