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Granary Arts is excited to be collaborating with PARC Collective as our next Granary Arts Fellow. As we transition from a physical to a virtual space as part of the global response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, PARC will be exploring the impact of isolation in creative communities through online content sharing. We will be sharing submissions on our social media platforms and our online exhibition archive. Please join us in exploring the creative response to our current moment, and be well.
Call to Participate
The coming weeks and months will be different for all of us. As art exhibitions close, receptions are postponed, and centers of art temporarily shut down, we ask ourselves – what can we do to cultivate creativity during this unique time of isolation? How does one contribute to community while being apart, and how can we stay creatively engaged during moments of isolation and quarantine?As we consider the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and use terms to describe its longevity, we return to the phrase “incubation period” and its frequent use as a key term in the creative process. We invite you to share the work you are making in response to your own and others’ isolation, or uncertainty, in this uniquely challenging, physical and emotional time. Our hope is to create a digital space where art continues to circulate, and to archive this important shared moment in time.
Submit images and any accompanying text on Instagram using the hashtag #PARCincubationperiod. Every two weeks PARC Collective will curate a continuing exhibition from these submissions. They will reach out to accepted artists, and work will be featured on the social media accounts and websites of PARC Collective and Granary Arts. “Incubation Period” will become part of the online Granary Arts exhibition archive and forthcoming project catalogue.
PARC Collective / Incubation Period
PARC is a nomadic Utah-based artist collective that responds to ideas and issues of our shared time and place. We champion the development, exhibition, and archiving of contemporary art in the state. PARC carves out spaces, in physical exhibitions and digital documentation, creating and fostering a sense of community, history, and dialogue between artists and their localities. The collective was founded by artists Tiana Birrell, Sarah Waldron Brinton, Ron Lin, and Art Morrill. www.parccollective.com
Tiana Birrell is a multimedia artist and curator from Massachusetts. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MS in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. She currently resides in Salt Lake City where she investigates the copious amount of water and energy used by data centers in Salt Lake and Utah Valley. She uses photography, video, projections, installations, and performative lectures to consider these questions as well as bring invisible structures into visibility. She was awarded the 2019 Digital Matters Lab Graduate Fellowship and the 2018 Environmental Humanities Summer Engagement Grant by the University of Utah and belonged to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Digital Research Collective during her time in Chicago. Her most recent endeavors include founding “textere [projects and publications]” as well as cofounding a Utah-based artist collective, PARC. Tiana was recently accepted into Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Artist in Residency program where she will continue her research on the relationship between data farms and water consumption.
Sarah Waldron Brinton is an interdisciplinary artist currently residing in Utah. She earned her BFA at Brigham Young University in 2016 and has since continued to teach, make new work, and be a mom. In her work, Sarah seeks to give place for consideration – even gratitude – towards the otherwise overlooked, quotidian moments and objects she comes across. She considers her work a thank you note to the simple, suburban “American dream” she’s living – and the many ways in which it’s not as simple as it seems.
Ron Linn is a multidisciplinary artist from Portland, OR, whose work is primarily based in drawing. He received his BFA from Brigham Young University in Studio Art and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. His work engages in issues of place and the connection between human and non-human nature through an examination of memory, myth, and both personal and imagined histories. He has participated in multiple residencies, including several Signal Fire wilderness artist retreats, and the NES artist residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. His work has been shown at Carnation Contemporary, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, the Rio and Alice Galleries in Salt Lake City, Bountiful Davis Art Center, and PDX Contemporary Art. He currently teaches painting and drawing courses at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he lives and works, and where he is a founding member of the PARC artist collective.
Art Morrill is a multimedia artist from Canada and works in Utah. He received an BFA in painting and drawing from Brigham Young University in 2013, and an MFA from Mount Royal School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. His current works are wall based 3-dimensional paintings, and are a reflection of his fascination with the malleability of the body. Art Morrill has had work in several national solo and group exhibitions, including shows in Baltimore, MD, San Antonio, TX, and New Harmony, IN. Most recently, he exhibited at PAL Gallery and was included in “Abstraction is Just a Word, But I Use It” at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a cofounder of PARC Collective.