Our Futures
Mar
1
5:00 PM17:00

Our Futures

Please join me on March 1, 2018, at the Utah Museum of Art at 5PM for a preview of Epicenter's new exhibit, "Our Futures." An artist talk, “Designing Our Futures,” by me and my co-creators Ryan Baxter, Bryan Brooks, and Jarod Hamm will follow at 7PM.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) presents the second exhibition in its ACME Lab, a new space dedicated to community engagement and art experimentation in the Museum’s Emma Eccles Jones Education Center. Our Futures, designed by Epicenter, invites visitors to “time travel” to the year 2039 and experience four potential futures for the residents of Green River. In doing so, visitors, specifically teens and young adults, are asked to consider the role they each play in shaping their own community’s future.

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Neskaupstaður, Iceland residency
Jul
17
to Aug 18

Neskaupstaður, Iceland residency

Sykes has been invited to reside in Neskaupstaður (pop. 1400), Iceland, for one month as a designer-in-residence working alongside local residents, visiting designers, and regional Austurland partners. She sees this residency as the continuation of a long-term relationship and a continued exchange amongst rural practitioners and residents.

Many rural communities in the American West and East Iceland have struggled for decades with population decline, mitigating destination development, and an uncertain economic future (often dependent on corporations). Though these seemingly dissimilar towns share many challenges, they are all rich in culture, untapped-potential, natural resources, mythology, history, and all the reasons we love rural places. Sykes is honored to be invited to continue her ongoing research and to better connect Green River and rural towns in Austurland (East Iceland).

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Narrative Workshop
Jan
8
2:00 PM14:00

Narrative Workshop

As a part of the Sierra Nevada College's Interdisciplinary Arts Low-Residency MFA program Maria Sykes will lead a 3-hour workshop that builds on the exhibit co-curated with Bryan Brooks (Epicenter Citizen Designer) for Epicenter, This Place: Selections from the Frontier. The workshop is an exercise in co-creating a temporary exhibit which revolves around personal objects and stories. We'll examine narrative, myth, criticality, community engagement, place, perception, documentation, and accessibility; discuss the nature of integrated and interdisciplinary practice; and explore the artist's position within a community as an outsider, local, visiting, or recurring.
 

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"This Place: Selections from the Frontier" exhibit opening
Jan
7
5:00 PM17:00

"This Place: Selections from the Frontier" exhibit opening

"This Place: Selections from the Frontier" is an exhibition of recent work by Epicenter's Frontier Fellows that explores boundaries, borders, extraction, tourism, and the physical and cultural impact of land use on the rural, western town of Green River, Utah (pop 952). Featuring work by: Sarah Baugh & Nicole Lavelle, Pete Collard & Alice Masters, Shawn Creeden, Grayson Earle, Eliza Fernand, Corbin LaMont, Rob Loucks, Ashley Ross & Jarod Hamm, Kirsten Southwell, and Hannah Vaughn & Damien Delorme.

Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College from January 7–March 3, 2017
Opening Lecture: Sat. January 7, 5-6pm
Opening Reception: Sat. January 7, 6–8pm

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Common Field: Miami
Oct
20
to Oct 23

Common Field: Miami

  • Little Haiti Cultural Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Common Field Convening is an itinerant annual gathering created by and for the field of visual artists' organizations.

The Common Field Convening Miami 2016 focuses on arts organizing in a time of accelerated capitalism. The four-day program includes panels, breakouts, skill-shares, tours, and celebrations. This Miami convening is organized by BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational), Cannonball, Dimensions Variable, and Locust Projects, with an alliance of Miami organizers and support from national Common Field staff and members.  

The Common Field Convening explores the values and practices of experimental artists' organizations working today. This year's program intentionally incorporates a variety of formats for intimate conversation, peer-to-peer exchange, and cross-pollination of participants. The convening will also provide forums for Common Field members to assemble, share findings, and strategize trajectories for the organization in the year ahead. 

See you in Miami!

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National Rural Creative Placemaking Summit
Oct
12
to Oct 14

National Rural Creative Placemaking Summit

The National Rural Creative Placemaking Summit seeks to enhance cross-sector collaboration, elevate intercultural perspectives within the field, and build policy presence for deeper consideration of rural creative placemaking. Together, we will consider the practice of rural creative placemaking – as a field, a strategy for economic development, and an opportunity to help sustain the culture and community of our rural places.


Outside In: Join Chris Lezama and Maria Sykes as they share their practice at Epicenter, a community resource center in Green River, Utah. They will explore their position as young outsiders working within the community they now call home. They'll share successes, failures, and lessons learned as well as how Epicenter combines economic development, the arts, and affordable housing in unique ways to serve a rural, desert community.
 

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ARTLandish Lecture
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

ARTLandish Lecture

Utah is unlike any other place on the planet. Local artists who are engaging Utah’s spectacular and varied landscape will give short slide presentations about their work. A moderated panel discussion will follow. Participants are Julie Rada, Raymond C. Morales Post-MFA Fellow, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City; Adam Bateman, executive director/curator, Central Utah Art Center (CUAC), Salt Lake City; Maria Sykes, principal of arts & culture, Epicenter, Green River; and Levi Jackson, photography manager, Weber State University, Ogden.

This program is part of the Utah Museum of Fine Art’s ongoing series ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment, sponsored by the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and presented in partnership with the College of Fine Arts, University of Utah and the J. Willard Marriott Library, and the Salt Lake City Public Library. 

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Hand In Glove 2015: Minneapolis
Sep
18
3:15 PM15:15

Hand In Glove 2015: Minneapolis

Common Field Presents: Hand-in-Glove 2015, a national convening for the field of alternative art spaces, artist-led projects and artists' organizations held September 17th - 20th in Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN.

Panel: Place, Race, Geography & Power

Panelists: Maria Sykes, Chaun Webster, Dylan Miner, and Shawn(ta) Smith

Description: Artists and arts organizers propose, create and advocate for alternative projects, spaces and institutions in a variety of communities and contexts. Place, race, geography and power matter to the field. Popular narratives about artists and arts organizing often simplify our roles, the contours of our identities and our artistic work, as well as our participation in broader social movements. This session will consider assumptions and alternatives to widely-held notions about artistic centers and margins, provoking new questions and possibilities for the field.

 

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Community Foundation's E-50 Induction
Jul
15
5:30 PM17:30

Community Foundation's E-50 Induction

The Community Foundation of Utah has recognized fifty individuals who are making a measurable difference in the lives of Utahns. Called the ‘Enlightened 50’, or E-50, members were nominated by members of the community and inducted into the network at a reception held in their honor. The 2015 ‘E-50’ includes individuals from all parts of Utah and all walks of life, who share one thing: a commitment to the common good. The criteria for this recognition are: 

  • An innovator – pioneering original and sustainable approaches to the critical issues facing our state and its people
  • A builder – committed to community engagement and the common good
  • A visionary – most likely to make a profound mark on Utah’s quality of life
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Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award Ceremony
May
7
11:30 AM11:30

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award Ceremony

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards honor those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts. Today, the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

The  recipients will be honored on May 5, 2016 in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. 2015 recipients: Plan-B Theatre Company (Organization), Carrie Trenholm (Education), Epicenter (Local Arts Agency), and Kathy Cieslewicz (Individual).

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Rural Design Workshop
Nov
20
to Nov 22

Rural Design Workshop

  • Oregon Country Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) will convene a three-day community workshop in partnership with Oregon Country Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op, in Alton, Missouri, Oregon County.

The workshop will feature a multi-disciplinary resource team, including Kirsten Stoltz, Programming Director of M12 Studio, and landscape architects, Jesse and Emily Vogler, from the University of Washington in St. Louis, and Rhode Island School of Architecture. Maria Sykes, founder of Epicenter was also part of the resource team, will present on how to create an inclusive community space and programming for a town of roughly 800 people.

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Emerging Professionals Symposium
Nov
14
1:00 PM13:00

Emerging Professionals Symposium

  • Tulane University School of Architecture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Emerging Gulf States 2014 will bring a diverse group of speakers together to discuss how emerging professionals are reaching beyond the traditional modes of practicing architecture to successfully collaborate with allied professionals and their communities and make meaningful change through design.

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No One Site
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

No One Site

“ . . . to dwell between heaven and earth, man has to “understand” these two elements, as well as their interaction.”

Join the AIA Utah YAF and the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning in the continued discussion of art and architecture borne of the Mountain West. The extended landscapes of this place have long attracted explorers, pioneers, seekers. Artists such as Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson positioned their works in the remote basins of Utah--works that pull the willing viewer more deeply into the landscape. What brings us to the Mountain West? How do we, as artists and architects, interpret place through art and architecture? How is our understanding of this extended landscape heightened as viewers and inhabitants?

Panelists: Frank Ferguson, Jose Galarza, Jack Forinash, Hikmet Sidney Loe, and Maria Sykes.

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