Through representation, curated exhibitions, and community programming, Modern West supports established and emerging contemporary artists who, in compelling and varied ways, reframe our understanding of the American West. Envisioned, constructed, and owned by community member Diane Stewart, the gallery opened in 2014 in downtown Salt Lake City and relocated further West, to a larger location, 412 South 700 West in 2019.

Modern West is a nexus for community engagement and artistic conversation. The Artist in Residency program's mission is to educate and inspire by fostering collaboration and cultivating community. The program is a platform for opportunities specifically for emerging and mid-career artists. We provide artists a flexible space for creation, interaction, and support. 

Artists will gain experience through critiques, workshops, interviews, and panel discussions throughout their residency. They will be encouraged to speak about their work and to build new connections with visitors and collectors. At the end of the residency, artists will have an opportunity to have their work featured in a solo exhibition Upstairs @Modern West or online exclusively. We review applications on an ongoing basis. Applications are kept on file when at capacity and the gallery will be in touch if selected. Thank you for your interest in our program. We invite your ideas and collaboration.

  • Aïsha Lehmann

    Modern West is pleased to present Aïsha Lehmann as our artist in residence. She will be in residence from April 27 to June 30, 2021. Her time at Modern West will focus on preparation for her solo exhibition at Finch Lane Gallery, on view from October 8 – November 19, 2021. 


    Born and raised in Provo, Utah, Lehmann is a current student in Brigham Young University’s Studio Art BFA program, with minors in Sociology and Africana Studies. As Lehmann’s family is one many of cultures, her father being Swiss and her mother biracial, her work engages with concepts of identity, race, ethnicity, gender, and spirituality. Her research dense practice fuels these explorations in her prints, collages, drawings, and other mixed-media works.


    Lehmann’s detailed and intentional prints depict metaphors of social puzzles. Through the course of her artistic practice, her research has delved into the history of segregation in the United States, race in our contemporary housing market, and the residential mobility of mixed-raced households. Though often addressing uncomfortable questions regarding identity and race in the United States, Lehmann’s work does so with open curiosity. The patience in each piece creates a tapestry of pattern, guiding the viewer into engagement with the subject matter. Lehmann’s work allows an incredible amount of information, visual and conceptual, to exist simultaneously.


    Laying out clear metaphors for her questioning, Would You Swim in an Integrated Pool?, 2021 is a color-infused linocut. The title addresses the viewer with a direct query while the piece displays an active scene. Energized with its balanced but asymmetrical pattern, Lehmann condenses a multitude of interactions with layers in space, dimension, and state of matter. Skillfully depicting an intertwined variety of relationships bouncing like atoms, the characters and their thoughtfully spaced color codes exist in this imagined third place. The work pointedly remembers that historically pools were a site for racism but during the Civil Rights Movement, they also became a site for activism. Lehmann writes of the piece, “Last spring when George Floyd was murdered, we’ve witnessed an influx of activism and persons expressing support for black lives but I wonder where each of us are actually situated and what we’re doing when we profess support. Are we chilling around the pool, are we swimming in the pool, are we poking a toe in to test out our own comfort…” Lehmann’s work engages in self-discovery, for both the viewer and the artist, and consistently pushes for reevaluations.


    Lehmann has exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions such as the 97th Annual Spring Salon at the Springville Art Museum and Small Works at the Covey Center for the Arts. Her numerous awards include the Talent Award Scholarship from the Department of Art at Brigham Young University and Best in Show for the Department of Art Annual Student Show. She is currently preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition at Finch Lane Gallery.


    Modern West is pleased to introduce Meggan Waltman as our artist in residence from June 1 through August 31, 2021. An opening to celebrate the body of works created during the residency will be held August 20, 2021 from 6-8pm. All are invited to attend. 


    Meggan Waltman is an abstract artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, and Agnes Martin’s painterly explorations and staining techniques, Waltman is a self taught artist with an intense focus on color and color theory. In pursuit of specific tonalities, Waltman creates her own oil paints. In conjunction with the control of her pigments, saturation and dissipation mark Waltman’s unique style. Multidisciplinary in her approach, Waltman’s artistic practice intrinsically weaves yoga, music, and textural fabric to inform her work’s perspective. Waltman is also an important member of the community and the owner of Harvey Shop, a home goods store in Salt Lake City.


    During her residency, Waltman plans to dedicate her time experimenting with inks, paper, and textiles. Though she primarily paints in oil, she inventively transforms the medium into lyrical stains that remind the viewer of watercolor. Drawn to ideas about the physical body in space, her current exploration relates to how we, as humans, share the spaces we inhabit. Using the residency to paint, sketch, and sew, Waltman is excited to share her knowledge in Modern West’s first workshops since the start of the pandemic. 

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