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ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment is an ongoing series sponsored by the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and presented in partnership with the University of Utah's College of Fine Arts and J. Willard Marriott Library, and the Salt Lake City Public Library. Please contact the education department for more information.

Lecture: Mark Brest van Kempen
2016 Marva and John Warnock Artist in Residence,
Department of Art and Art History 
Tuesday, February 9 | 7 pm
Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriot Library, University of Utah
Artist Mark Brest van Kempen discusses the influence of Land Art in his work, which uses the landscape itself as sculptural material. From the Free Speech Monument on the University of California-Berkeley campus to Land Exchangeat the National Academy of Art in China, his work explores our complex relationship to the environment.

Van Kempen has received numerous commissions for permanent public art projects including the San Francisco Art Commission, the City of Palo Alto, the City of Seattle, and the Haas Foundation, and he was recently invited by the German government to submit designs for a national reunification monument in Leipzig. The lecture is hosted by the University of Utah Department of Art and Art Historywhere Van Kempen is the 2016 Marva and John Warnock Artist in Residence.

Contemporary Utah Artists Working in the Landscape
Thursday, March 24 | 7 pm | FREE
Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriot Library
Utah is unlike any other place on the planet. Local artists who are engaging Utah's spectacular and varied landscape will give short slide presentations about their work. A moderated panel discussion will follow.

Community Meet-up: Sun Tunnels 
Saturday, April 30 | 1
4 pm
Join the UMFA for a fun day of art and science at Sun Tunnels, the iconic Land art by Nancy Holt in Utah's west desert. UMFA members, families, teachers, and students of all ages are invited to explore the landscape, create art, and learn about the environment of the desert. Meet at the site.

Participants attend at their own risk and understand and acknowledge that the University of Utah and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts assume no liability whatsoever for personal injuries or property damages arising from participation in this event.

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