Flash Projects supplements resources for emerging to established individuals and groups by providing professional opportunities for those working in various arts and cultural practices.

Snapshots & Souvenirs

September 30, 2022 & October 1, 2022

Elijah Hancock and Melissa Younker combine their artistic curiosities to collaborate in a musically driven performance art work. Their multidisciplinary project “Snapshots & Souvenirs” premieres September 30th & October 1st, 2022 as a selection for Salt Lake City Arts Councils Finch Lane Flash Projects. This evening length song and dance cycle includes live performance of original music and choreography, film projection, playful costume design and moves through the intimate spaces of Finch Lane Gallery.

A vocal artist and multi-instrumentalist, Elijah Hancock has specialties in songwriting, opera and choir. Melissa Younker is a multi-disciplinary movement artist with experience in dance performance, choreography and film. Both artists aspire to cross genres and step into the vulnerability of sharing their desires in live performance. Together they have created a new work that embraces each other’s diverse skill sets, crossing boundaries and sharing in all sides of the creation, direction, and performance.

“Snapshots & Souvenirs” is a reflection of memory. Each song/dance is a snapshot of moments in their ancestors’ histories and personal pasts. To quote the first song they wrote together titled Bag of Dirt, “an embellished memory, a varnished catastrophe; both distorted, both true.” Elijah and Melissa find comfort and comedy in their shared understanding about the souvenirs we carry.

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Prism Portraits

Reception Friday June 17, 5-8pm
Open Saturday June 18, 10am-12pm

Prism Portraits celebrates North Star Elementary student artwork and aims to connect students to the local art culture of Salt Lake City. The project features artwork created during a 4-week long project in which students learned about the elements of art and created kaleidoscopes and self-portraits.

Finch Lane Gallery will feature student paintings, self-portraits, and large decorated kaleidoscopes. In addition, there will be an activity space for visitors to make their own kaleidoscopes, fold and decorate prisms, and enjoy light refreshments on an outdoor patio.


Melissa Howell is currently pursuing her second undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Art Teaching with a minor in History Teaching. She rediscovered a love of art when she was part of an art therapy group in 2018 and realized she wanted to be a teacher after volunteering with kids of all age groups.

Aubrey Ellis is currently earning a BFA in Art Teaching and has just finished her second year at the University of Utah. She plans to make the arts a more integral part of education and work as an elementary school art teacher. Aubrey is a practicing artist and is passionate about the positive effects of arts integration in schools.

Death Café for the World As We Know It

March 2, 2022

“Death Café for the World As We Know It” is a kickoff event for the year-long, international Climate Thanatology project, an arts laboratory that includes visual art, performance, and participatory events in the U.S., Norway, and Denmark. This project, developed with SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen, applies the therapeutic practice of music thanatology, or music for the dying, to climate grief and collective repair. This event will include live harp music in response to participants’ voicing of climate losses while gathered around a table at the Finch Lane Gallery. Music thanatologist Catharine DeLong’s musical responses to the rapidly drying Great Salt Lake inform her playing for the Death Café.

Climate writer and activist Ash Sanders will guide participants to voice and write their griefs about drought, habitat and species loss, wildfire, pollution, or even loss of innocence about the natural world. These short texts will become part of a Grief Shrine installation by Copenhagen artist Anne Louise Blicher and an algorithmic poem to be archived in the Climate Thanatology digital exhibit. Additional elements of the laboratory include a Lost Species Walk with artist-designed animal icons to be carried by each participant, sound art developed from DeLong’s harp music, and an interactive shadow-art performance with guides in nineteenth-century mourning dress and bird masks.

The overarching goal is not to remain in mourning but to create a pause for community formation around slowness, listening, and criticality about carbon-dependent ways of life, so that new imaginaries can emerge.

Heidi Hart, who is the curator of this project, is an Art & Humanities Research Fellow with SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen. She received her B.A. from the University of Utah, where she also worked as an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. She holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in German Studies from Duke University (2016). She has received an ACLS-Mellon fellowship and several grants for environmental curriculum development, as well as Utah Humanities funding for a conference on the Anthropocene at Utah State. Heidi has been an invited participant in the Kelp Congress in Norway (Lofoten International Arts Festival, 2019) and The Curatorial Thing in Copenhagen (2020), which she will co-curate in 2022. Heidi’s publications include the recent books Hanns Eisler’s Art Songs: Arguing with Beauty and Music and the Environment in Dystopian Narrative: Sounding the Disaster. She also serves as a Nonresident Senior Research Fellow in the Environment & Climate program of the European Center for Populism Studies.


Through a new initiative, the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Finch Lane Gallery is opening its gallery spaces for short-term, interdisciplinary, community-oriented, and/or experimental projects. The goal of Finch Lane Flash Projects is to supplement resources for emerging to established individuals and groups by providing professional opportunities for those working in various arts and cultural practices. As a non-commercial space, Finch Lane Gallery is able to support a range of projects, artworks, and events to re-imagine the use of the Finch Lane Gallery spaces and to further community engagement in the arts by providing space, visibility, and an audience to share new works with. Individuals and groups are invited to take over the galleries with their various “flash” projects, which may vary in length from several minutes to several days during the allotted times.

The application for Finch Lane Flash Projects closed. To learn of future opportunities at Finch Lane Gallery, please join our monthly e-mail newsletter.   

EXAMPLE PROJECTS (but not limited to):
Performances (dance, music, etc); interdisciplinary arts festivals; sound/audio works; fashion shows; literary events; workshops; experimental film screenings; community gatherings; multi-disciplinary panel discussions; short-term immersive art installations; research presentations; or other arts & culture related projects.

The Finch Lane Gallery can provide projects with gallery space, basic digital media technology (projector, media players, TV monitor), banquet tables, seating, pedestals, half-kitchen, and visibility on Salt Lake City Arts Council social media platforms. Finch Lane Flash Projects provides a $200 honorarium per project; applicants are responsible for all other associated costs and materials.

SPACE: *We recommend visiting the space to become familiar with it and determine if it’s appropriate for your project. The galleries are open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.*

Total Maximum Occupancy: 150

East Gallery

  • Approximately 918 square feet
  • Walls 100” high
  • Multiple pedestals (varying sizes) for 3D work

West Gallery

  • Approximately 550 square feet
  • Walls 100” high
  • Multiple pedestals (varying sizes) for 3D work
  • Access to outdoor patio




The Salt Lake City Arts Council will be responsible for the final selection of projects, social media and press releases, and providing access to the gallery and available on-site support during agreed upon hours. Each project will receive an honorarium of $200. For selected projects, project organizers will be asked to provide biographical materials, a project statement, and several images of similar works to be used for marketing purposes. Project organizers will be responsible for setup and breakdown of projects in the gallery. The Arts Council will provide basic media technology and tables/chairs as needed, but project organizers will be responsible for securing any additional resources. For large events, the project organizer is responsible for staffing the duration of the event. All projects must be approved by the Arts Council prior to their execution. The Arts Council reserves the right to make final decisions on which projects are appropriate for a gallery within a publicly funded space, and may request alterations or cancel projects at its discretion.


Contact Todd Oberndorfer
Visual Arts Coordinator