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.
Modern West is pleased to present Jiyoun Lee-Lodge as our upcoming artist in residence. Lee-Lodge will be in residence from July 1 to September 30. An exhibition to display the works created during the residency will be on view September 17, all are invited to attend.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee-Lodge spent many years living and working in Queens, New York. With a focus on identity through memory reconstruction, Lee-Lodge’s artistic practice encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking and installations. She considers her work a type of portraiture, one that absorbs complex information and distills integrated concepts. Drawn to evolution and change, the core of her work is directly about people, though time and place have an incorporated importance.
During her residency at Modern West, Lee-Lodge plans to explore the solitude caused by the pandemic and its noticeable effect on herself and those around her. Noting that many people began solely communicating via the phone or the internet as a way to exchange ideas and explore interests. Lee Lodge explains “Pandemic made me acutely aware of ‘self’- or maybe the opposite…Many people build their own identity through their small screens in their own space via social media.” Inspired by Edward Hopper’s works, she relates his pieces to our reality during the pandemic, evoking stillness in what is normally a chaotic world.
Lee Lodge graduated MFA Studio Art program at Brooklyn College, NY (2010-2012) She was awarded Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Charles G.Shaw award, and on the Dean's List. She participated LMCC ASI program and VLA Law School for Visual Artists (2011), was nominated as NYC Urban Canvas finalists (2010), curated group show ‘Hybrid Life Form’ (2011). Her works are shown at Bowman Gallery, ArtMora(Coohaus Art), Jamaica Art Center, Gallery Ho, Recession Art Center, PizzArte, Gallery ELL, ArtGate, Maum, InRivers, Arario, RabbitHoleStudio Gallery, the Bowery Club and more.
Lee Lodge also has an upcoming public art commission for the new TRAX station in Salt Lake City that will be completed next year and has an upcoming solo show at UMOCA scheduled for August 2021. She is currently collaborating with the multidisciplinary artists group ‘Living Marks’. The group recently performed with the Kenneth Burdett School of the Deaf and at the Art + Change conference at the University of Rochester, and she hopes to incorporate their collaboration into her residency and the the Modern West community.
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.