Modern West’s mission is to offer a variety of artistic perspectives, which in varied and compelling ways help create thoughtful dialogue and reframe our understanding of the West. We are excited to announce The Modern West, a show highlighting artists whose practice embodies our mission. Each of these artists, all currently residing or having lived in Utah, create works that speak to their identity and have influenced the next generation of creatives.

This exhibition features works by Fidalis Buehler, Rebecca Campbell, Angela Ellsworth, Moana Palelei Iose, Jiyoun Lee- Lodge, Mitch Mantle, V. Kim Martinez, Antra Sinha, Eugene Tapahe and Xi Zhang, and will be on display from July 21 to September 30, 2023.

The upstairs gallery will emphasize the works of Fidalis Buehler, an artist who has epitomized the spirit of The Modern West through exhibiting his work, teaching, and connecting artists and their communities. Buehler’s personal process of working in a variety of mediums has been integrated into his pedagogy, challenging his students to discover new methods of expression. In honor of Buehler’s influence, we will be featuring a selection of prints by his MFA students alongside his own work.

The artists included in The Modern West portray unique approaches and representations around the concept of identity in our contemporary Western landscape. Their practices question and challenge many standing traditions, and create platforms for open dialogue and critique between the artists, their communities, and the broader general public.