2021: Craft, photography, video & digital
The Statewide Annual UT ‘21: Craft, Photography, Video & Digital juried exhibition, holds a scope of themes that exhibits the commonalities many people experienced during the last 18 months. Ranging from hope vs. despair, joy and gratefulness, juxtaposed against solitude and meditative practices in art-marking.
Life during COVID-19 has been challenging not only for the citizens of Utah, but also globally. Emotions and opinions were felt far and wide, and this exhibition highlights some of the art created during this period in isolation and unpredictability. It was a time of pause and reflection, for better or worse.
2021 Selected Artists
Collin Bradford, Madison Casagranda, Jared Clark, Maddison Colvin, Sue Cotter, Annelise Duque, Patrick Durka, Anna Evans, Daniel Everet, Jim Frazer, Rheana Gardner, Sheryl Gillilan, Jim Jacobs, Etsuko Kato, Sara Lindsay, Jason Manley, Sarah May, Heidi Moller Somsen, Alexis Rausch, Albert Abdul-Barr Wang, and artist team: Rebecca Aneloski, Alec Lyons and Colby Bryson.
Exhibition & Opening Reception
Andres Payan Estrada, Los Angeles, CA
Andres Payan Estrada, born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, currently lives and works in Los Angeles. An artist and curator whose practice focuses on issues revolving around contemporary craft along with material and object practices with a focus on ceramics and queer theory. He is currently the curator of public engagement at Craft Contemporary and recently served as special visiting art faculty at the California Institute of the Arts and mentor at Warren Wilson College’s Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies. Payan Estrada is also the co-curator and co-founder of Craft Contemporary’s National Clay Biennial, founded and leads the annual fundraiser and sale CLAY LA, and recently curated the exhibition Total Collapse, Clay in the Contemporary Past for the Arizona State University Museum, along with establishing POTLUCK, a large-scale biennial clay and ceramics fundraiser, auction, and free public program series that benefits Craft Contemporary.
Adriene Hughes, San Diego, CA
Adriene Hughes holds an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,
and Tufts University. She is a multimedia artist, currently working with infrared
technology, photography and video installation—focusing on grand landscapes, and the
effects of global warming on the environment.
Hughes’ work has been exhibited widely, including a video installation at Venice
Biennial at the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, and solo exhibitions with the Lishui
International Photo Festival, China and BlackBox Projects, London UK. She has
completed a number of large-scale public art installations of infrared imagery of the
California Desert. Publications featuring her work include Wired, Lenscratch, Harper’s
Magazine, and PDN among others.
Awards include being named a 2018 Critical Mass Top 50, 2020 Critical Mass Finalist,
and winner of the 2018 Rhonda Wilson Award with Klompching Gallery, NY.
Adriene Hughes lives and works in San Diego, CA.