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Research as Art: 2016 Exhibition

Research as Art: 2016 Exhibition

Help promote awareness of the world class science and technology research ongoing at the University of Utah by preparing the wondrous images you create in the process of your work to enter the 2016 Research as Art Exhibition. Submissions are due Nov. 5, and must be 300 dpi and at least 10 inches 10 or tall. The exhibition will appear November 2016 at the Marriott Library. There will be a reception and prizes for winners on Nov. 18. Watch for updates and where to send your submissions on Facebook and Twitter.

The Creative Currency: A Study of Utah’s Creative Economy

The Creative Currency: A Study of Utah’s Creative Economy

The University of Utah College of Fine Arts recently conducted a survey among businesses in Utah spanning a range of industries from travel and tourism to higher education, and from nonprofits to regional arts organizations, videogame developers, communications firms, media outlets, and political think tanks asking them what attributes, skills and experience they're seeking in new employees. What came out on top? Creativity. 

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UMFA-U Med School Partners Invited to MOMA Forum

UMFA-U Med School Partners Invited to MOMA Forum

Two Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) staffers and an assistant professor in the University of Utah School of Medicineparticipated in an invitation-only forum about museum-medical school partnerships this month at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

On June 8 and 9, UMFA executive director Gretchen Dietrich, education and engagement director Jorge Rojas, and assistant professor Gretchen Case joined 135 select museum and medical professionals at “The Art of Examination: Art Museums with Medical Schools Partnerships.” Attendees shared information about programs and partnerships that use art to help medical students improve their diagnostic skills.

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Photo Gallery: Lassonde Studios Construction Site

Photo Gallery: Lassonde Studios Construction Site

We’re making great progress on Lassonde Studios. But the construction site is still a bit of a mess (check out the photos below). We promise to have it cleaned up before move-in on Aug. 18, 2016. We can’t wait to meet all of the new residents!

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Tip for Entrepreneurs from Peke•Buo Founder

Tip for Entrepreneurs from Peke•Buo Founder

No matter what your circumstances, becoming an entrepreneur is not easy. The hours are long. The future is uncertain. And challenges hit you at every turn. If you want help finding your path to success, it helps to find a good role model … someone like Sariah Tate, one of many female entrepreneurs on the rise.

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UtahPresents releases anticipated season line-up (and it's good!)

UtahPresents releases anticipated season line-up (and it's good!)

They're probably not all names you've heard of, but that's part of the experience.

Building on its successful inaugural season, UtahPresents, the performing arts presenter on the University of Utah campus, has announced its 2016-17 line-up of performances, and it is chock full of diverse creative and cultural experiences never-before-seen on stages in Utah.

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Plated identities: Human bacteria and the paintbrush

Plated identities: Human bacteria and the paintbrush

Annette Mehr is a graduate student in painting in the Department of Art & Art History, and she has a secret: she loves bacteria. Stepping into her studio you won’t find this surprising as numerous petri dishes lay about, some cast in resin and others awaiting their next step of being translated into microbial paintings.

Mehr received her BFA from the University of Rhode Island, with an emphasis in printmaking. She then relocated to Utah to become a graduate student at the University of Utah College of Fine Arts. Mehr began exploring the meaning of identity by investigating her ethnic background and history. Realizing the connection we share on a molecular level, our DNA, this led her to experiment with bacteria via a collaboration with the U’s Department of Biology for her classwork under the guidance of 2016 Artist in Residence Mark Brest van Kempen. The bacteria Mehr is working with has been sampled from the hands and mouths of friends, faculty, and keyboards. They are plated and undergo various transformations, which develop into intricate patterns. From these transformations, Mehr has begun to paint the results as large-scale microbial portraits.

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When science and art work together to cultivate change

When science and art work together to cultivate change

The University of Utah Center of Excellence in ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications) Research (UCEER) has just secured $4 million in funding from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell Ph.D, Associate Professor and College of Fine Arts Assistant to the Dean--Initiative for the Arts and Human Development, is among the researchers on the team. The funding will support a number of projects intended to help parents and physicians navigate the terrain of prenatal and pediatric genetic screening. The issues that arise in this context are extremely complex, which is why UCEER has recruited researchers from not only the School of Medicine and the College of Nursing, but also the colleges of Engineering, Humanities, Law, and now the Fine Arts.

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