UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

MARCH 12 – APRIL 23

Nate Francis // Alli Arocho

Nate Francis

Nate Francis is a Utah-based artist working with photography and sculpture. His work explores queer identity and growing up gay in Utah. He was raised in an LDS family of 9 children and served an LDS mission in Taiwan. His recent work focuses on the impact of growing up in the LDS church and coming out as gay in 2016. Nate will graduate from the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts in April 2021 with a degree in Photography & Digital Imaging and a minor in Sculpture Intermedia.

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Alli Arocho

Alli Arocho is an artist and folklorist from Borikén (Puerto Rico). Her work represents an attempt to capture and reconnect with her Puerto Rican heritage in the context of the diaspora that she embodies. Alli experiments with acrylic paints, and mask-making out of coconuts and clay. She leans into her own diasporic nostalgia and shares familiar stories that allow her to connect with other displaced borinqueñes and latinxs from all over. Most influential to her art, however, is the studying of Bomba music and dance, as well as the existence of the vejigante folkloric character, which are symbols of her culture’s 500+ years resistance to assimilate to foreign colonizing powers.

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APRIL 30 – JUNE 11

Bea Hurd  // Lucy Fairchild

Bea Hurd

Bea Hurd is a material sculptor from Salt Lake City Utah. She is attending the University of Utah as a sculpture intermedia major and is a BFA candidate for 2021. Bea is a materially based artist who prefers to develop relationships with the materials and objects around her, and let them guide her in her practice. She has shown art at the Springville Museum of Art, the Gallery at Library Square, and received a grant for a public art piece at the Marriott Library.

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Lucy Fairchild

Lucy Fairchild is a painter and photographer living in Salt Lake City. Since 2017 she has been setting up vignettes that she photographs. The images are enlarged to 24″x36″.

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JUNE 25 – AUGUST 6

Rachel Hancey // Alec Bang // Douglas Tolman

Rachel Hancey

Rachel is an artist, printmaker, and creative researcher based in Logan, Utah. Rachel has received creative research grants, awards, and high honors. She has exhibited her work in solo, group, and juried exhibitions nationally and internationally. Conceptually, she illuminates the aesthetic sublime. She is most inspired by moments when existence feels delicate; when she becomes astutely aware of the transitory, fleeting, and impermanent. Whether she photographs or abstracts the essences of these moments, she seeks to illuminate the ephemerality of light and time. Ultimately, she hopes to inspire a deeper sense of awareness and connectedness through our shared human experiences.

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Alec Bang

I come from a lineage of Scandinavian Immigrants. I have lived my life questioning the ideas of belonging to a place while creating a relationship with this nation that was acquired through immigration and colonization of the homeland of vast numbers of indigenous groups. The Southwest has played a large role in the development of my visual language; and this vast access to “public” land has led me to deeply consider our relationships to land and what it means myself and others to live here.

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Douglas Tolman

I believe the first step to improving our community and protecting our environment is to understand our place within them. As an artist, educator, and community member, I try to facilitate that sense of place within myself and others. I want my practice to reclaim & declaim industrialized spaces in promotion of health, sovereignty, and ecological equity.

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AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 24

Annelise Duque // Gwen Davis-Barrios // Doug Wildfoerster

Annelise Duque

Annelise Duque is a Filipino-American artist who explores cultural identity, heritage, and belonging in her photographs. Her work borrows from the aesthetics of mid-century home magazines and uses the symbol of the garden to seek for connection and healing. Her work has been shown by Tropical Contemporary, Rio Gallery, and Humble Arts Foundation. Duque is currently an Artist-in-Resident at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Doug Wildfoerster

Studied art and theatre at the University of Utah. Twenty-two years as a graphic artist at KUED-TV. In the past six years I’ve had solo shows of my paintings at Alpine Art, the Chapman Library, the Day-Riverside Library and the Duchesne County Library; also had my work in group shows at the Springville Museum of Art and Art Access Gallery.

OCTOBER 8 – NOVEMBER 19

Aïsha Lehmann Tanner // Sonia & Miriam Albert Sobrino

Aïsha Lehmann Tanner

Aïsha Lehmann Tanner is an artist based in Provo, Utah. She is currently in Brigham Young University’s Studio Art BFA program, with minors in Sociology and Africana Studies. She is an artist and researcher, grappling with the complexities of identity in race, ethnicity, gender, and spirituality. As she researches, she examines academic studies as well as her own gathered material on others’ personal experiences and narratives. She translates observations into imagery using paper, patterns, drawing, and printmaking techniques. She is preparing for an upcoming solo show at the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City.

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Sonia and Miriam Albert-Sobrino AKA Also Sisters

We are storytellers from Spain; pretentious European raconteurs who finish each other sentences; and headache-inducing-machines who since 2011 navigate the fluid world of Film and Media Arts from the United States. In 2007, we left behind successful careers as Registered Nurses and we pursued our childhood dreams of becoming filmmakers. Four years later and with BFAs in Film, New Media and Communications, we moved to the United States where we continue to develop our signature style and earned our MFAs in Film Production. We infuse our film work with the strong lisp of our mother tongue, and with the corrosive ironic touch of the always suspicious attitude of the Galegos. Our work often times relies on surrealism, magical realism and unconventional modes of narrative to tell compelling stories about the transformative nature of liminal space. Film Critic Andrew Robertson said once about us: “Sonia and Miriam Albert-Sobrino do mostly everything with relation to writing; scripting; directing photography and so on, and as with the Coens and the Wachowskis their sibling partnership gives us two heads thinking as one”. In addition to making films and telling stories in unison, we are deeply committed to teaching. We love sharing our knowledge and expertise with the newest generations of film and media artists whether in the classroom or on set. Each of us holds appointments as Assistant Professors in the Film and Media Arts Department at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, where we live since 2011. WHY ALSO SISTERS? ALSO SISTERS is Sonia and Miriam’s professional adopted name. A portmanteau of their last name: ALbert-SObrino and the answer to the all too frequent question: “So, you make films together, huh? … And you are also sisters?” “Yes, Twin Sisters”…

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QUESTIONS?

Contact Claire Taylor
Special Project Assistant
801.596.5000
claire.taylor@saltlakearts.org