Utah takes up little space on the globe, but is a growing hotspot for nationally and internationally recognized artistic talent. The latest acknowledgment about our native talent comes through the announcement of a long-term artist-in-residency program provided by the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), designed to give more visibility to professional artists that live and work in Utah. 

The first three artists in the program, Jared Clark, Brian Patterson and Mary Toscano, were chosen by a panel of art world professionals. Each artist interprets the idea of minimalistic materials and space differently, so I each deserves their own space in this blog that highlights their specific medium.  

Jared Clark has been showcasing his sculptures all across the country since 2003. While his sculptures portray the idea of two dimensional space through basic objects, surface and texture provide a three dimensionality dependent on the viewer's vantage point.   

Brian Patterson is a multi-media artist who portrays space through video. Stationary and moving images are complemented by short pieces of dialogue. Repetitious and overlapping images also change the meaning of space in his work. The motion in his work inspires personal reflection.  

Check out Patterson's work right here:

Mary Toscano focuses her drawings on the spatial tension between man and nature. She uses negative space and minimal landscapes to allow the viewer an open interpretation of her work. Who knew empty space could say so much?    

During their residency, each artist will meet with national curators and critics, take part in professional development workshops and critiques, and gain special access to artistic events and lectures.  Jared Steffensen, UMOCA's Curator of Education, says this program "will allow our artists to further refine their ideas and to develop their careers both inside and outside of Utah."