MAC Artist Spotlight
The MAC Artist Spotlight promotes and supports local artists by sharing their work and how to experience it with the community.
Spotlight Series 1:
Conforming to COVID
This series is dedicated to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the creating, producing, experiencing, and distributing of art in Moab. Installments will be added weekly every Wednesday from November 18, 2020-December 30, 2020. If you or someone you know is a local artist who has been creatively adjusting their process due to COVID-19, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 November 2020
Silent Night by Samantha Zim
Since 2009, the Community Artist Program has run April 1 - October 31 and featured a different local Moab artist each year. Artists apply, agreeing to 24 hours of face to face time with visitors each month and to host one event for the community during their residence. Throughout the season, artists travel to all the parks in the Southeast Utah group, including: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument.The program gives visitors a connection to the local art scene and an opportunity to witness the artistic process in relation to our beautiful Southeastern Utah landscapes.
2020's Community Artist was Samantha Zim. The sketchbook is her canvas of choice. Originally, she planned to interact with visitors by letting them contribute to her sketchbook, adding their own words or images to express their experience in the park. With the onset of COVID-19, she had to adjust. Sam opened up a PO Box and started the Postcard Project. Every other week, she posted a prompt on her Instagram and online with the NPS in order to engage visitors and lovers of the National Parks, even if they were stuck at home.
Sam received over 200 postcards from around the world, and responded to every single one. She may display or publish the postcards from this year in either a book or a gallery show, pending consent from her many pen pals. Follow her Instagram to stay up to date. If you missed out on the Postcard Project but still want to participate, the PO Box is still open! All the prompts remain online as well as the address. You can see more of Sam's work on her website and you can purchase pieces created during her residency in person or online at Moab Made and CNHA/MIC.
Read more about the Community Artist Program, view past artists, and follow next year's artist, Julia Buckwalter here.
Castleton by Samantha Zim
18 November 2020
If you have been searching for a way to mix up your quarantine routine while interacting with, supporting, and experiencing local art, we have the perfect solution.
Take a walk through town to view the 2019/2020 ArTTrails Exhibition. Enjoy this beautiful November on a sculpture stroll that will last from 30 minutes to one hour.
Every year an ArTTrails Selection Committee, made up of local community members, chooses a sculpture to add to the permanent collection. This year, local artist, Tim McAllister's Ocular Oracle has been permanently added to the growing collection of public art in Moab. More of his work can be viewed here.
Visit moabarttrails.org for pictures of this year's exhibition, a printable map, and more information about the program.