Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Join us this March, as we celebrate each day with an
801CreativeWoman who knocked down boundaries and paved the way for Art to be celebrated in our great state of Utah.
Happy Women’s History Month!
MAUD MAY BABCOCK In 1892, Maud May Babcock, or “Miss B” as her students called her, became the first female faculty member at the University of Utah. She formed the first college dramatic club in the United States, and it’s believed that under her direction, the U was the first college in the country to produce a stage play. She founded the first physical training curriculum, as well as the Department of Speech. With many other notable accomplishments, she was also the first woman to serve as chaplain in the Utah senate. Today, the Babcock Theatre at the University of Utah is named in her honor.
DIANE STEWART Diane Stewart has been a driving force in enriching the arts culture within the state of Utah. Together with her husband, they founded the Stewart Family Foundation in 2002, to help grow the arts and education in Utah, as well as to focus on progressive issues. A long-time lover and collector of art, she opened a gallery in 2014, Modern West Fine Art, as a place to support established and emerging contemporary artists. Currently, she’s a board member of Alliance for a Better Utah, the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, Silver Screen Commission, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Center for the Arts Advisory Board, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and Intermountain Healthcare Foundation.
BROOKE SMART Brooke Smart is an illustrator based in Utah. After studying illustration, she earned her BFA from Brigham Young University in 2007, and more recently began teaching part-time in their Illustration and Design Departments. She has been awarded a Portfolio Honor at the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase in New York City, both in 2016 and 2018. Today, she is represented by Bookmark Literary as an author-illustrator devoting time to children’s books. Also using her talents to illustrate for the Better Days 2020 Campaign, and You can see more of her work on her website, and the Better Days 2020 site.
MAUDE ADAMSMaude Adams was born in Salt Lake City in 1872. She appeared in her first stage production at the Brigham Young Theatre when she was two months old. Through her early adolescence, she bounced around performing in productions between California, New York and Utah. Into her early adulthood, she stayed in Salt Lake City to study at the Salt Lake Collegiate Institute, before moving to New York City to pursue her stage career. Maude became one of the most successful and highest-paid performers of her day, most notably for her role in 1905 as Peter Pan in the first Broadway production in NYC of J.M. Barrie’s classic story. Later in her life, she began working with General Electric to develop an improved and more powerful stage light, along with the Eastman Company in developing color photography.
JOAN WOODBURYJoan Woodbury is a Utah native, who has dedicated her life and experiences to sharing her passion of Dance with others. Woodbury studied Modern Dance at the University of Wisconsin, where her interest of how dance benefits the human body evolved. After her studies concluded and by chance, she agreed to an interview with the dance department at the University of Utah, ultimately deciding to take the job. In 1955, she was the first to receive the Fulbright Scholarship in dance, to continue her studies in Berlin. Once she returned to Salt Lake, she came back to the university and split her responsibilities, and salary, of her job with Shirley Ririe. Together over the next 10 years, they built the Dance Department at the University of Utah, while simultaneously co-creating their own dance company. Over the years, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has grown from a local entity, into an internationally renowned contemporary dance company. Joan has choreographed over 100 works in her career and has danced and taught workshops all over the world. Among numerous grants and awards in her life, she has been the recipient of the Utah Governor’s Award in the Arts, the Heritage Award from the National Dance Association, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine Award. In 2013, she was considered one of Utah’s 15 Most Influential Artists. Today, she continues to share her passions, support, and assistance in the dance community.
POP CHALEEPop Chalee, born Merina Lujan in Castle Gate, Utah in 1906. She was a painter, muralist, performer and singer, most known for her paintings of enchanted forest scenes and detailed renditions of mythical horses, woodland creatures, and ceremonial dancers. Pop Chalee is a name given to her by her Taos kin as a child, meaning “blue flower” in the Tiwa language. Throughout her life, her family moved frequently between Salt Lake City and Taos. Around the 1920s – 1930s, she began lecturing and performing in Utah in the hopes to raise awareness and change perceptions of Native Americans. In the mid-1940s, she began working on murals for the Albuquerque airport, which were restored and reinstalled in the newly remodeled airport in 1990. Later that year, she received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 1992, at the age of 86, she completed her last mural for the New Mexico State Capitol Building.
DEE-DEE DARBY-DUFFIN Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, but after relocating to Salt Lake City, it’s easy to see our creative community wouldn’t be the same without her. She is a singer, actress, writer, producer and performer. She started her singing career with genres like jazz, R&B, soul and funk, eventually catching the acting bug. Dee-Dee has entertained audiences in numerous productions, most recently in “An Evening with Two Awful Men” at Plan-B Theatre. She continues to perform her musical styles in venues like The Perry Egyptian Theatre, Backstage at The Grand, among many others. Be sure to check out her Event Calendar on her website for upcoming events – her stage presence is not to be missed! https://www.deedeedarbyduffin.com/
ALTA RAWLINS JENSEN Alta Rawlins Jensen was a key figure in establishing the Art Barn Association. In 1932, the Great Depression was under way and spirits were low. Alta garnered the help of fellow enthusiasts to cofound the association, in which she served as the first President. The Art Barn was first described as a Greenwich Village for Salt Lake City, starting with the hopes of enriching art culture within the state of Utah. In 1958, it became the Salt Lake Art Center. Again, rebranding in 2011 to become the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, a place that still invites curiosity and aims to make contemporary art accessible to a diverse audience.
TRENT ALVEYTrent Alvey is a multi-media artist who uses paint, industrial materials, found objects, light and sound technique in the creation of her work. She graduated from Westminster College, where shortly after she owned a graphic design business in Salt Lake. In 2002, she won a bronze for her mixed-media piece, The Sacred and the Profane, in a statewide competition. She was also chosen as 1 of 20 Utah artists to be part of the Women Beyond Borders exhibit at Art Access Gallery during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Her work has also been included in a variety of local and national exhibitions. Alvey has spoken of her process, “Art brings seemingly isolated events into a larger pattern. I have found refuge, release and insight here.” http://www.trentalvey.com
ALICE MERRILL HORNE In 1898, Alice Merrill Horne became the 2nd woman elected to the Utah House of Representatives and the first inductee to the Salt Lake Council’s Women’s Hall of Fame. In her time on the State Legislature, she was a key force behind the bill that created the state art institute, which became the first state-sponsored arts agency in the nation. She helped establish the state art collection, and also served on the committee that oversaw the acquisition for the current site of the University of Utah. She was an early preservationist and environmentalist, in which she helped save Eagle Gate from demolition and fought for clean air. She formed 37 collections of Utah Art in public schools so children, no matter what background they came from, could be exposed to original art. “If art reigns in the home there will grow out of it beautiful parks, streets, thoroughfares and cities.” -1899. From the 1920s to her death in 1948, she ran an art gallery with a main goal of highlighting and selling works of inter-mountain artists. Today, the Horne Fine Art Gallery is still run by her family, and the state of Utah Art Collection is named in her honor as the Alice Art Collection.
CAITLIN CONNOLLY Caitlin Connolly, a native of Utah, is an artist who draws inspiration from the human experience. Subjects like; life, death, tragedy, joy, loneliness, spirituality and progression are key factors that motivate her art. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA emphasizing in Painting and Drawing, where she began to explore portrayals of womanhood and figurative art. She credits her experience of growing up with all brothers that moved her to start exploring what feminine experiences meant to her through her art. She aims to depict “powerful yet flawed” experiences, something she relates directly with. Among exhibiting her work in many solo and group exhibitions, she has also been honored with the 2015, BDAC, Best of Show, Annual Statewide Competition in Bountiful, Utah, as well as, the 2015 10th Annual International Art Competition, Purchase Prize. http://caitlinconnolly.com/
VIRGINIA TANNER Virginia Tanner was a dancer whose legacy continues to enrich and inspire the lives of those involved. Virginia was born and raised in Salt Lake City, spending her summers traveling to workshops in Colorado and eventually New York City, where she studied under Doris Humphrey. She began teaching at the McCune School of Music and Art, where she was the director of the dance program. In 1937, she went on to establish the Tanner Dance Program at the University of Utah, which is still active today within the College of Fine Arts. In 1947, she added a performing company called the Children’s Theatre Dance Group, and had renamed what it remains today as the Children’s Dance Theatre by 1949. She is recognized as a pioneer of children’s dance and as one of its finest teachers. Today, her traditions continue to nurture the imagination and creativity in the art of dance.
STEFANIE DYKES Stefanie Dykes is a local printmaker whose work features intricate, classically-inspired designs. Her work begins with a narrative, creating a character or representing an idea in a way that her audience can relate to and enjoy, which remains her driving force. Describing her process, she states, “I want art and life to connect in a meaningful way. I aspire to understand how experiences, words and thoughts can be slowed down and refracted through drawings and paintings.” In 2003, she co-founded the Saltgrass Printmakers, a non-profit printmaking studio and gallery, with a main goal of supporting and promoting printmaking as a first-class member of the fine art community. She has taught printmaking techniques at the University of Utah, Westminster College, Snow College, and Saltgrass Printmakers. She has exhibited her work around the world, as well as here in Utah, and has been awarded artist residencies in Idaho, Colorado and Oregon. Most recently, she’s been collaborating on a project with New Mexico writer, Amie Tullius. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their project, Train Tracts, and the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Their exhibition will be at Rio Gallery March 22nd – June 14th. #traintracts2019
ESTHER PETERSON Esther Peterson was a lifelong consumer and women’s advocate. Many of the consumer practices we hold to this day are thanks to her countless efforts. Esther was born and raised in Provo; she graduated from BYU in 1927, earning her Master’s from Columbia University in 1930. In 1938, she became a paid organizer for the American Federation of Teachers. She became the first lobbyist for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington DC in 1944, moving to become the first woman lobbyist for the Industrial Union Department of the AFL-CIO. She eventually served a variety of positions in the United States Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor from 1961-1969. President John F. Kennedy chose her to run the Women’s Bureau, as well as serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Labor Standards. After the assassination of JFK, President Lyndon Johnson kept her as head of the Women’s Bureau and special assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs. During that period, she investigated discrimination against women, helped pass the “equal pay for equal work” law, she fought for truth in advertising, uniform packaging, unit pricing, laundry tags in clothing and nutritional labeling. Years later, President Jimmy Carter chose her as the special assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs, and President Bill Clinton named her to the U.S. delegation to the UN Assembly in 1993. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.
YUNUEN CARRILLO Yunuen Carrillo is Utah’s most recognized mariachi singer. Well-known for her talent, stage presence, charisma and hard work which has resulted to her performing all over the state. She started performing in her early youth, studying folklore and theatre in Mexico and eventually earning a Degree in Business. She believes strongly in the importance of preserving her heritage and sharing it with others. She has performed in one of the most important cultural centers in Mexico, El Palacio de Bellas Artes, as well as in many states across Mexico. She is a prominent figure in the Latin community in Utah, which has led to countless performances in many festivals and events within the community.
EMMA LOU THAYNE Emma Lou Thayne was a poet and novelist. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1945, and eventually went on to complete her master’s degree in the late 60s. She began teaching English at the U and went on to establish the University of Utah’s women’s tennis team, becoming their first coach. She also became the first woman on the board of the Desert News. Her work is remembered by her activeness in encouraging peace among people and nations, and encouraging public attention to mental health, spirituality, and the advancement of women. In 2000, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the U of U, and in 2003, she received an Honorary Doctorate from SLCC. She was honored with awards like; the Gandhi Peace Award in 2013, the Chamber of Commerce Honors in the Arts, the David O. McKay Humanities Award from BYU, and as a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Utah.
DIANA WHITTEN Diana Whitten is a Director, Producer, and Documentary Filmmaker. Her first feature documentary ‘Vessel’ premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, which won the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Political Courage in a Documentary Feature that year. After spending over a decade working in the Art’s Departments for children’s television, theatre, and independent films in New York City, she wanted to shift her momentum to focus on political. Eventually, she began working as the Director of Communications at Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program in which she used her knowledge to unite a community of over 4,300 international social justice activists. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Refinery 29, the Guardian, and many others. Having previously worked with the Femme Fatales chapter in New York City and upon moving to Utah to realize there was no established chapter, she took the initiative to make it happen.
ALBERTA HENRY Alberta Henry was born in Louisiana in 1920, moving to Salt Lake City from Kansas in 1949. She noticed the lack of professional opportunities and felt the potential of African American youth was under-utilized. She began working in the Head Start program, which ultimately led to her establishing the Alberta Henry Education Foundation in 1967. In 1971, the University of Utah awarded her an honorary doctorate degree, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1980. She was the president of the Salt Lake City branch of the NAACP for 12 years, where she also served on several boards and committees such as; the Utah State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the United Way, Utah Endowment for the Humanities and the Black Advisory Board to the University of Utah. She went on to work as a minority consultant for the Salt Lake City School District, then as the district’s community relations coordinator until she retired in 1986. She was also a member of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the Utah State Bar, the Utah Health Advisory Council and the Brookings Institute Wasatch Front. Her efforts are remembered today as integral part of advancing Utah along with the Civil Rights Movement. Her foundation continues to aid and support youth, helping hundreds of students pay for their education.
FAHIMEH AMIRI Fahimeh Amiri grew up in Tehran, Iran. When she was in the second grade, she became a student under Professor Hossein Behzad, then considered the greatest living Persian miniaturist, and studied with him for many years. She attended the Tehran School of Fine Art and became the first girl to earn the school’s highest honors. After, she studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and earned her BFA in 1973. Her 13 original poster designs and the publication of her children’s books have gained international attention through exhibitions including the New York International Art Expo. She has illustrated three books, Babri, The Monkey Bridge and most recently, The Prince Who Ran Away. She has produced original artwork and a line of Persian miniatures on Iranian women in Islam that were exhibited at the Springville Museum of Art in 2014. Her work has been featured in International Art Expos, the National Arts Club of New York, and the National Women’s Association of Artists. In 2016, she was awarded the Certificate of Recognition at the Zion’s Bank art show, and in 2018, she was awarded the Governor’s Mansion Artist medal. Fahimeh has contributed to the Salt Lake art community in numerous ways, most notably by her Children’s Art Classes. She teaches young artists from ages 6 to 14 to learn and illustrate stories and creative paintings. Each year, the Salt Lake Library dedicates two months to exhibit her student’s high caliber pieces. She continues to inspire through her beautiful art, and by teaching the next generation to develop their artistic skills. https://amirifinearts.com/
ALICE KASAI Alice Kasai was born in 1916 in Seattle, Washington, a child of immigrant parents. She moved to Japan in her early years to be cared for by her grandparents until she was ready to start school. Eventually, her family settled in Carbon County, Utah, where Alice graduated in 1935. During WWII her husband, Henry Kasai, was arrested and sent to an internment camp. During these 2.5 years, Alice led the Japanese American Citizens League out of her home in Salt Lake City. Assisting families and coordinating help for those in relocation camps. After the war ended, Henry returned to be with Alice, and they continued their work in civil rights. They fought for the citizenship rights for Japanese citizens in the US. Together, they helped launch the Sister City Project between Salt Lake City and Matsumoto, Japan. After her husband’s death, Alice continued to fight for civil rights in Utah. She worked with the NAACP, the Utah United Nations, the Council on Aging, Asian Association of Utah, Salt Lake County Aging Services Advisory Council, PTA, Meals on Wheels, and many other organizations. In 1983, she earned a medallion for 60 years of service with the Japanese American Citizens League. She devoted her life to empowering, mentoring, and advocating for others. The intention that drove her endeavors was her strong belief in the oneness of all humankind and her commitment to world peace, which is how her legacy continues to live on today.
JANN HAWORTH Jann Haworth is an American pop artist, and pioneer of soft sculpture. She is best known for her work as the co-creator of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, winning a Grammy for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts in 1967. A native of Hollywood, CA, she relocated to London in her 20s where she studied art history and studio art. There, she became a leading figure in the British Pop Art movement. Moving back to America in the late 90s, she settled in Utah. In 2004, she began working on SLC PEPPER, a civic mural in downtown Salt Lake City, where it remains an ongoing project in which local artists continue to contribute to the updated version of the famous Sgt. Pepper’s album cover. Today, she still creates art that is exhibited both nationally and locally.
MAGDA JAKOVCEV-ULRICH Magda Jakovcev-Ulrich was an Architect, interior designer, and known as the Queen of Color. She was born in Croatia in 1956. She studied at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After moving to Salt Lake City in 1980 to attend the University of Utah, she received her Masters in Architecture in 1983. She worked for 15 years in major architectural firms in both; Salt Lake City and San Francisco, before creating her own independent architectural firm in Salt Lake. Her works include the interior of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the Cowles Building at the University of Utah, the P.E. Building at Southern Utah University, the Noyes Building at Snow College, and the Mariposa and the Royal Street Cafe at Deer Valley. She also designed many award winning home designs and has been featured in Utah Style and Design. She was the recipiant of numerous awards for work in architecture, and eventually taught at the University of Utah. She instilled her passion for the art and beauty of architecture to her students.
MARY HOLIDAY BLACK Mary Holiday Black was born in 1934 atop the Douglas Mesa near the boundary of the Navajo reservation in Utah’s Monument Valley. A member of the Bitter Water Clan, she was raised in a community of traditional Navajo artists and religious practices. At age 11, she learned to weave rugs and baskets, a tradition women in the community hold close to. In the early nineteenth century, basketweaving started to see a decline. In the 1970s, Mary introduced several innovations to the traditional art by stretching limitations of the designs, and using vegetable dyes creating subtle hues. She incorporated cultural and spiritual entities, as well as scenes from everyday life into her designs, leading the label of “story baskets.” A crafts-woman with her hands, she found a beautiful way to share the stories of her life and culture. In 1995, she received the Utah Governor’s Folk Art Award, and in 1996, a National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has passed on the tradition to her children, and still continues to make art today. Photograph by James V. Gleason, Courtesy National Endowment for the Arts
SUSIE MCCARTY Susie McCarty started her career as a model, working in places like; New York, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Through her experiences, and eventually settling back in Salt Lake, she stumbled into the casting/talent representation business by chance. In the early 1970s, a friend reached out to her in need of extras for a commercial shoot. Susie did such a fantastic job with casting, he convinced her to get into the business. McCarty Casting was born and in the early days she would work in husband’s club, the McCarty Beer Joint in Emigration Canyon. As the demand for talent grew, she decided to expand her agency to include models. She began teaching modeling classes to give local talent the opportunities to work on the training they needed. In need of a more permanent space, she moved the business to then Hilton Hotel on 500 South and 200 West in Salt Lake City. Through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, the industry for modeling work in Utah was booming. Susie made connections with icons like Eileen Ford and Wilhelmina to recruit from her talent pool. As the years went on, the local modeling industry dwindled but the film industry spiked. Susie and the McCarty Talent Agency are still going strong 45 years later. She’s a force to be reckoned with and she continues to share her passions with the local industry.
JOAN EFFIONG Joan Effiong is a storyteller, inspirational speaker, and President/Founder of JENAR Charity Foundation, a nonprofit that provides critical aid, educational materials, and support in the fight against malaria and HIV/AIDS in Calabar, Nigeria. She has a Master’s Degree in Communications from BYU, is on the Board of Directors as the Board Vice Chair for the Maria Montessori Academy and has been part of the Nubian Storytellers of Utah Leadership since 2009. Joan loves to tell stories from her childhood; both her paternal and maternal grandmothers would gather the children around and teach them important life lessons through narrative. She grew up in Calabar, Nigeria and was adopted into the United States. The lessons she heard as a child had a lasting impact on her, and as she began to share them with her children, they encouraged her to record her stories. For over fourteen years, Joan has been sharing these stories that capture the rich and vibrant culture of Africa all over Utah. She has told stories at Weber State University Storytelling Festival, in local schools and other community events to encourage the embracing of diversity. Her next storytelling event will be Wednesday, May 15th at 11:30am at Murray City Park as part of the 4th Annual Story Crossroads Festival.
RUBY CHACÓN Ruby Chacón is a visual artist, painter, writer, community organizer, and co-founder of Mestizo Institute of Culture and Art. She is a Utah Chicana whose mission is to represent the people of her culture in her art. Ruby received her Fine Arts Degree from the University of Utah, and has served on numerous boards and committees, including; Salt Lake County Arts Acquisition Committee, Spy Hop, and Salt Lake Public Library. In 2007, she was awarded the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Visual Arts, among many other honors and awards for her art and community service. As a storyteller, she is drawn to the human figure as her subject matter. She aims to fill the gaps in the history books with visual stories of family traditions, struggles, and survival. Having spoken on who she hopes to inspire through her art, “The children of those who come in search of opportunity, do not have to feel ashamed for their families’ struggles for survival, but can embrace their ability to persevere.” Her murals are featured throughout Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, characterized by bright colors and pattern. Her passions for art and working with youth have made her an invaluable artist of our creative community.
PAISLEY REKDAL Paisley Rekdal is a poet, author, professor, and Utah’s Poet Laureate. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Paisley earned her BA from the University of Washington, an MA from the University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an English Professor at the University of Utah. She’s written several poems and essays, in which her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among many other honors and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times among several others. In 2017, she was appointed to a 4-year term as Utah’s Poet Laureate, where she will continue to advocate for literature and arts throughout the state. She is also working to create a website that maps the writers and poets of Utah, “Mapping Literary Utah,” will contain poems and prose excerpts by writers that reside or have resided in Utah. https://www.paisleyrekdal.com/
PENNY BROUSSARD Penny Broussard is a Salt Lake City native; she’s a dancer and dance teacher who has been involved with the Dance community for over 40 years. She is a graduate of Weber State University, where she studied English, Communications and Dance. She began teaching public high school students before deciding to open her own business. Penny opened and acted as Director of Star Studios for 13 years, eventually moving to open her second studio, The Winner School, where she was Director for another 14+ years before retiring in 2004. Her dancers have been recipients of many State and National awards and have gone on to work and choreograph professionally all over the country. In 2011, she founded the Will Dance For Kids Project, where she remains Director today. WDFKP is designed to raise funds to fight childhood hunger through dance and dance competitions. An annual dance competition is held, in which local studios fundraise and compete to raise awareness of childhood hunger within our state. The proceeds from the fundraiser, live auction, and competition go towards the Utah Food Bank’s programs such as; the Kids’ Cafe, Mobile Pantry, and BackPack programs. Since its beginning, they have raised over $400,000, which translates to well over $2.5 million in goods and services from the Utah Food Bank. She is also the author of the Proficiency Plus Dance Testing program, a co-founder of Dance Attack, Art With Heart, and Kids Who Dance So Others Can Walk. She was inducted into the Dance America Dance Hall of Fame in 2000, and has been the twice recipient of the Business Person of the Year Award. Her passions for art and dance have evolved into philanthropic contributions that continue to support our community. http://wdfkp.com/
HYUNMEE LEE Hyunmee Lee is a painter, she was born in South Korea where she began practicing Western Modern Art with her experience in Eastern painting and calligraphy. She graduated from Hong-Ik University with a degree in Painting, eventually moving to Australia where she achieved two post graduate degrees. Her first commercial gallery exhibit was at the Bonython-Meodemore Gallery in Sydney, at the same time her work was published in a contemporary art book, Art Four. She earned her Master of Arts in Visual Arts at the University of Sydney and returned to Korea to teach at Hong-Ik University, while simultaneously exhibiting work in solo shows, art galleries, and art fairs in Seoul. Eventually, she moved to Utah to continue teaching and building her art career. In 2001, she began teaching at Utah Valley University and in 2002, she had her first solo show in America, Mountain Armatures, at the Woodbury Art Museum in Orem. Her work has been exhibited at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, among many others. After achieving tenure in 2008, she retired from teaching and has continuously focused on her art. She has traveled around the world to gain inspiration for her projects and describes her aesthetic differently through each chapter of her life. In 2015, she received the Fellowship for Visual Arts Excellence from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Most recently, she explains that she desired a shift and moved to a new setting. She aims to release boundaries and explore or transform her work to be free.
ALICIA and CAMILLE WASHINGTON Alicia Washington is an actor and founder of Good Company Theatre in Ogden. Together with her sister, Camille Washington, they are co-directors of the theatre company, which they describe as a place that forges new relationships between audiences, performers and spaces in their process. Alicia graduated from Weber State University and had been auditioning and acting throughout her teenage years all over Wasatch-front. Upon graduating, she found herself seeking a space that allowed theatre to be experienced in a different way than what is usually offered here in Utah. Camille has a background in visual-arts administration and brought all the puzzle pieces together. Together, they do it all from marketing, set design, casting, directing, and janitorial work. They moved into their 2 nd location on Wall Avenue and 24 th Street in Ogden, where they now have the extra room and space to grow as their company does, as well. By taking risks and striving to be the voice of tough conversations, along with highlighting the immense pool of talent, Good Company Theatre is continuing to bring energies to our community we greatly need.