Weber State opens temporary art space

Friday , May 23, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Morgan Briesmaster

The newest art gallery to Ogden opens Friday, June 6.

Entitled 550 Contemporary, this is an artist run summer pop-up space located on Historic 25th Street.

”Our goal to is to grow the contemporary art scene in Ogden and give local artist a space to exhibit their work,“ said Sean Moyer, a recent Weber State University graduate.

A team of current and former Weber State students received a grant from the Lindquist Fellowship to make this four-month project possible.

The first group show, “Ogden is Available,” will consist of local Ogden artists who make contemporary work and maintain a strong studio practice.

This first exhibit is a contrast between two things, said current WSU student, Eden Buxton. It explains the search of a space around Ogden - the most challenging aspect for the four students.

”We searched Ogden for weeks trying to find a location that would allow us to rent their space for four months,“ Moyer said. ”That was until we were contacted by Giv Communities, a local non-profit, who were equally excited about our project and offered us a number of their properties to use rent free for our exhibition space.”

“Ogden is Available” also presents the struggle local artists face having little accessibility to display their work, said Buxton.



“We chose a group show as a way to get the community excited about the new gallery,” Moyer said. “We hope to bring in a large crowd which will carry over into three more shows throughout the summer.”

550 Contemporary is run by Eden Buxton, Shawn Pratt, Alexandra Reintjes, and Sean Moyer, who split the responsibilities of the project.

Another group show and two solo shows, for a total four art shows, are on the gallery’s agenda, with details to be determined. Film screenings will be offered on the fourth Wednesday of every month, as part of the temporary gallery project.

”We do want to have one student work; a series of short films created by WSU student alum or those currently pursuing a degree, and a faculty film screening; a few ecliptic films that are usually not exposed to people,“ said Buxton, who is currently attending summer school, and helping run the gallery while working full-time. But she believes it’s worth it.

“I don’t get to quite live the experience because I’m juggling a lot things, but it’s super satisfying being apart of the community — not just the academic community,“ said Buxton, who homes, someday, to own a gallery of her own.

“It’s very exciting and satisfying as well.”

Classes for kids in the community will also be offered. The gallery carries through September 5.

“It’s good for the community,” Buxton said, “It get more art out there, makes it so more people see the work and helps local artist show their work and get experience.”

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster.

PREVIEW

  • WHAT: 550 Contemporary gallery
  • WHEN: Opening reception, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. June 6; gallery on display through Sept. 5
  • WHERE: 550 E. 25th Street, Ogden
  • ADMISSION: Free. 801-668-8875
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