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Sixteen Artists Come Together to Form One

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

graphic illustration of 'E Pluribus Unum' exhibit
artwork by Randal Marsh

"Samples From Three Generations," acrylic on eight panels, Randal Marsh. From the “E Pluribus Unum” art exhibit at Utah State University, Oct. 17-Nov. 9, Tippetts Exhibit Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center.

artwork by Chad Crane

"Werewolf offers sincere apology for the way he has been acting lately and outlines some compelling reasons why the pack should give him a second chance," by Chad Crane.

artwork by Frank McEntire

"Full Lotus Weapon of Detachment" by Frank McEntire.

In Latin, the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” means “from many, one.”  At Utah State University, it’s interpreted as an art response to the ultra-partisan nature of the United States’ current political climate. At USU, the term is used as the title of a new art exhibit that can be seen Oct. 17 through Nov. 9. An opening reception is Friday, Oct. 19.

“America has always been an amalgamation of divided visions, dreams and opinions,” said Namon Bills, curator and participating artist in the exhibit. “Our country’s success comes not from all of our citizens looking and thinking alike, but a willingness to set aside individual differences and compromise for the good of the whole. This show is a reminder of those core values of compromise and collaboration.”

The exhibit is a collaborative project involving 16 artists, most based in Utah. Bills selected the artists for their range of styles and artistic emphasis, including sculpture, paint and wood carving. Among the artists are several faculty members from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, the owner of the Kayo Gallery in Salt Lake City and a teacher from Copper Hills High School in West Jordan. Artists were invited to create a piece on their own and also work in pairs to create another piece.

“Each artist brings his or her unique vision to the project,” said Bills. “By grouping the artists into collaborative pairs, there are new discoveries that neither artist would have made on their own. This tangible symbol of working together can serve as an example for what is possible in the sphere of government as well.”

E Pluribus Unum” can be seen in the Tippetts Exhibit Hall, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus. The exhibit hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Oct. 19 opening reception runs from 6-8 p.m. at the Tippetts Exhibit Hall.

For more information, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college website.

Related links:
USU Department of Art and Design

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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