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June 20 through July 11, 2014

Exhibit Dates: June 20 - July 11

Art Access Gallery: Creative Differences, Art Access' 30-Year Anniversary Exhibit with photographs by Kent Miles
Access II Gallery: The Brian and Joe Show, Mixed media exhibit by brian Kershisnik and Joe Adams

Gallery Stroll & Artists Reception: Friday, June 20, 6-9 p.m.
Come meet Kent Miles, Brian Kershisnik and Joe Adams.

This month, Art Access is celebrating its 30th year of providing equal opportunities to inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts. Art Access' June exhibits are Creative Differences, photographs by documentary photographer Ken Miles, and The Brian and Joe Show, a collaborative mixed media exhibit by Brian Kershisnik and Joe Adams.

Creative Differences: This exhibit will examine how "creativity" and "difference" have been integral to the history of Art Access. The organization's story will be told through 15 portraits and interviews by Utah documentary photographer Kent Miles. Photo subjects will include people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities who have been instrumental to the development of Art Access since 1984, including artists who have exhibited in the gallery or taught in workshop or residency programs, program participants, board members, community partners, and staff members. Current and former staff and board members provided input to crate the list of potential photo subjects, and Miles interviewed and photographed. Former Executive Director Ruth Lubbers sat in on the interview sessions and provided historical context as needed.

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The Creative Differences exhibit aims to:
• Acknowledge the significance of nonprofit arts organizations in the local community
• Celebrate those who have served and been served by Art Access since 1984
• Showcase Kent Miles' documentary photography and thus record Art Access' history artistically
• Engage the community in constructive discourse about diversity issues, socially- relevant topics, and the importance of sharing stories through art.

Kent Miles is an award-winning and extensively exhibited photographer, an experienced teacher, and coordinator of exhibits for the Center for Documentary Expression and Art (CDEA) in Salt Lake City. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Miles' association with CDEA began in 1984, and he has been principal contributor to many CDEA exhibits and books. He has taught photography at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Brigham Young University, and has conducted workshops, seminars and private classes. Presently, he is a visiting professor of photography at Utah Valley University.

The Brian and Joe Show: Brian Kershisnik is a professional Utah artist, and Joe Adams is his neighbor, friend, and an adult with Down's syndrome. These artists have collaborated for over 19 years on work that is elemental, whimsical, and sophisticated. Adams brings his vision to the collaboration; he chooses the themes, creates the drawings, and titles them. Kershisnik overlays the drawings with painting and glazing techniques. The results are works that neither artist could do alone. This popular exhibit -- in its seventh incarnation of new, collaborative artwork -- demonstrates Art Access' long-term commitment to inclusion.

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