May Art Calendar

By Adele Flail

A glimpse ahead at some of the things that are happening in May!

Altered Books

This class, held through the University of Utah’s Continuing Ed program at Pioneer Craft House will help you to create unique art using old books. Participants will use photography, text, drawing, collage, painting, transfers, and magazine lifts to explore their own stories of memory, joy, heartbreak, and more to create to personalized altered books. 

Altered Books, May 7-June 4, 7-9p (no class May 28). Pioneer Craft House, 3300 S 500 E. Tuition $209.00. 

300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition

The 10th  annual fundraiser for Art Access features will be held on the 17; featuring 100 established and emerging artists, all works are done using 11 x 10 inch plates (either aluminum, galvanized steel or plexiglas), each artist prepares small works in their recognizable style. Finished plates include everything from landscape to assemblage to pop art to photographic emulsion and more. Prices start at $75. Previews of the pieces are available May 14 and 15, 10 AM – 6 PM; and May 16 and 17 10 AM – 5 PM. 

300 Plates, May 17th, 6-9p. Art Access, 230 South 500 West, Tickets are $25 before May 13th, and $35 after.

Dollar Daze

Take an expedition through the construction on North Temple to Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (housed inside Mestizo Coffee House) for the opening of Dollar Daze, a show employing sculpture, collage, and sound elements to examine how present day economics, immigration policy, labor issues, and hybridization affect the condition of the working class in the United States. The artworks emphasize the importance of dreams and desire to overcome the struggle presented by everyday obstacles.

Dollar Daze Art Exhibit, May 18-June 8. Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, 631 West North Temple, suite 700.  


Found Object Sculpture

If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity, check out the Third Saturday activity at the UMFA. This month the museum invites you to explore the newly installed Modern and Contemporary Art gallery and see sculptures made from rubber, Plexiglas, cardboard, and pins. Families are then invited to head to the Emma Eccles Jones Education Center Classroom to create sculptures from everyday materials.

Third Saturday, May 19, 1-4p. 410 Campus Center Drive, UMFA.


New Frontier

UMOCA has been hosting Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier since January, but this month marks your last chance to see 2012’s offerings. New Frontier highlights work film, art, and new media technologies that attempt to push the boundaries of storytelling and the moving image.

New Frontier closing, May 19th, 11a-6p. UMOCA, 20 South West Temple.



UMOCA has been working with Utah Lawyers for the Arts to help artists navigate the legal side of their craft. This months lectures focuses on the legal issues filmakers may encounter in producing documentary films, including relevant considerations in organizing a production entity, fundamental models of financing for independent films, copyrights and clearances, fair use, basic personnel contracts, and concepts of privacy, publicity and defamation. The talk will be presented by William Evans, Esq. of Parsons Behle & Latimer.

UMOCA May 26, 1-4p. The event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are required.

This article was originally published on May 1, 2012.