This exhibition will include works from Utah residents, some of which have been invited to participate, accepted via an open-call process, and will include a side-by-side curatorial mentorship with one invited mentee from the community. It will be hosted at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City with funding provided by the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and the Spike 150 Commission.
Artists both curated and selected from the open call will be paid for participation. Proposals for new work, as well as existing works that relate to the topic, will be accepted. Additionally, funding has been set aside for the acquisition of a limited number of works of art from this exhibition into the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection.
On May 10, 2019, the nation will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the first Transcontinental Railroad. The joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads occurred at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869. The history of the First Transcontinental Railroad and its legacy in Utah provides ample topics for exploration and representation that artists can use in their works.
Applications will be accepted until July 2 and can be found at arts.utah.gov/spike-150-exhibition-proposals.