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August 18 - September 8, 2017: PROTEGES | STUDIO E: ARTISTS WITH EPILEPSY

Artist's Reception & Gallery Stroll
Friday, August 18th, 2017, 6-9 PM



In our main gallery, the exhibition Proteges will include artwork by mentors and their selected mentees. This exhibition champions artistic relationships and nurturing friendships that have contributed to art in our community.

pro·té·gé : one who is protected or trained or whose career is furthered by a person of experience, prominence, or influence –Miriam Webster

How do we build community, how do we advance art? How do we improve as artists, as people? How do we make change?

These questions are often answered through supportive relationship: partnership, solidarity, teaching, guidance, listening, and support. Protégés lets us into some of these types of relationships; as established artists find their stride and their audience, many of them reach back to pull a friend into the conversation. We know that no relationship is one-way; we’ll learn how these friendships and mentorships have affected both contributors. From spouses constantly learning from and inspired by one another, to professors and their dedicated students, we’ll see what meaningful training and nurturance looks like.

Art Access opens this show with the announcement that we are bringing back Partners, a unique program that pairs upcoming artists with disabilities with mentors in their field for a yearlong learning experience. We believe that one of the most powerful ways to shift the landscape of who succeeds in art is to provide opportunities for meaningful relationship-based professional development to communities who have been marginalized from the arts world.  

Join us in building a stronger, more diverse, more connected artistic community in Utah.


Kent Miles Art Access

 by Kent Miles


Studio E: Artists with Epilepsy 

This month we will feature our annual programming exhbit with artwork from artsits with epilepsy who attended our Studio E Art Therapy Program.

Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program is for people with various types of epilepsy and at different stages of their epilepsy journey. The program is made possible through a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation and Lundbeck. Participants include those with daily seizures, those with less frequent seizures, and some whose seizures are well controlled. Some are confident, others struggle with stigma. Studio E offers a unique way for people with epilepsy to socialize with others and open up honestly about daily challenges in a trusting, expressive environment.


Help Art Access provide inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts.

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