Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Jan. 25 - Feb. 23, 2013
Juror: Whitney Tassie, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Juror Lecture, "Being an Artist Today", 6 p.m.
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, 7-9 p.m.
Photography by Adam Finkle.
Courtesy the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT.
The Shaw Gallery has invited Whitney Tassie, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Art, to be the juror for this year's Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. What this means for current students who submit their work for jurying is that Tassie will determine which works make it into the exhibit. Additionally, she will be responsible for giving awards on the opening night.
For student artists who submit their work for consideration, this will likely be the first time they have their artwork juried by an outside juror, which is an important experience for any artist.
On Friday, January 25th at 6p.m. juror Whitney Tassie will give a public lecture at 6 p.m. titled, “Being an Artist Today”, where she will discuss what it means to be an artist working today, in a globally connected society. In addition to addressing theoretical and ethical questions about artistic purpose and responsibility, she will unpack practical strategies that every artist should consider. From art as “Distant Early Warning System,” to artist websites, to art fairs, to the career trajectories of successful contemporary artists, Tassie will cover a range of topics that are extremely relevant to the emerging artist.
The opening reception will follow Tassie’s lecture from 7 to 9 p.m. during which awards will be given for select artworks.
Furthering the UMFA’s commitment to excellence and relevance, Tassie oversees the collection of 20th and 21st century art, organizes the salt series of projects highlighting emerging international artists, and curates larger temporary exhibitions. Prior to her appointment at the UMFA, Tassie served as the Director of Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, where she curated six to eight annual exhibitions of work by internationally renowned contemporary artists. In 2011, she co-founded Gallery Weekend Chicago, a groundbreaking annual weekend focused on promoting and enhancing Chicago's contemporary art scene to collectors and curators. From 2002 to 2005 she worked as an exhibitions and curatorial assistant at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, New York, where she contributed to education, collections, exhibitions and curatorial work. Tassie holds a master's degree in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in Art History and Archaeology from Cornell University.