Urban Gallery VI: “Drawn Together”

Grand Opening and meet the artists: Friday, Sep 20 at 6:00 pm with an open vote ‘Audience Favorite Award’ – winner announced at 8:30 pm.

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SALT LAKE CITY—Neighborhood House, a non-profit organization committed to providing quality, affordable day care and support services to children and adults based on their ability to pay, in partnership with the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) present the grand opening of the 2013 Urban Gallery installation, “Drawn Together.” Local artists transferred and elaborated selected children’s drawings onto the garage doors in the Neighborhood House parking lot at 1050 W. 500 S. Join us on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm as part of the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll.

“We are thrilled to collaborate again with UMOCA on the Urban Gallery. Their commitment to local artists and community outreach make them the perfect partner for “Drawn Together.” This project is in line with our commitment to bringing exciting art to communities who have limited access to quality art programs,” said Jacob Brace, executive director at Neighborhood House. The Urban Gallery has historically focused on celebrating local artist and community connections and was recognized by City Weekly as Salt Lake’s best nonprofit collaboration in 2010.

This year’s installation, entitled Urban Gallery VI: “Drawn Together,” is a unique collaboration of work by professional artists and the creativity of children’s drawings. Children’s art was contributed by Bad Dog Arts, Discovery Gateway, and Neighborhood House children.  UMOCA selected eight children’s drawings to become the inspiration for the paintings on the garage doors of Neighborhood House.  Eight Utah artists, invited by UMOCA from Park City, Ogden, and Salt Lake City, will then have two weeks to interpret the drawings and add their own creative vision to create a painting that has been “Drawn Together.”

“Drawn Together speaks to the connections created by the children to the artists and the artists to the west-side community surrounding the Neighborhood House. UMOCA is proud to partner with the Neighborhood House on the Urban Gallery and to promote varied communities supporting one another through artistic interventions.” Jared Steffensen, curator of education at UMOCA.

In 2007, Neighborhood House began the tradition of the Urban Gallery with the intent to bring art to the west-side community in Salt Lake City. Each year we bring together local artists to create accessible public art on the property of Neighborhood House. The canvases are our garage doors, the gallery is our parking lot, and the art is a collaborative effort of many local artists. The artists and the art project they undertake changes annually, but the intent of beautifying the west side of Salt Lake and raising awareness about Neighborhood House program goals remains the same.

Our engaging and contemporary art gallery is welcoming, free, and open to the public everyday. The project encourages our children and adult clients, our visitors, and our community to experience and appreciate art on a daily basis. Our objective is to make art appreciation accessible to everyone. We invite you to become part of our artistic tradition by visiting our gallery, volunteering, or sharing your ideas.

 

Neighborhood House is a 501(c)3 charity that provides quality, affordable day care for children and adults, based on ability to pay. For 119 years, the services of Neighborhood House have helped families address the care, educational, and social needs of loved ones. Neighborhood House is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit provider of care services; nearly 500 individuals are directly served on an annual basis, by way of a sliding fee scale.

Award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Four gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations. Founded in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and is a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation.