Michael M. Murdock is a self-taught artist, illustrator, and muralist from Salt Lake City, Utah. His mixed-media artwork often consists of painting on reclaimed wood made with found materials. The subject matter often contains elements of humor, solitude, and trying to find ones own special place in the universe. He draws inspiration from his home state of Utah, discarded objects, skateboarding, magic, folklore, life, death, outer space, and everything in between. His work consciously aims to fall somewhere between fine art and a knock-knock joke. He also has a hard time referring to himself in third person.
Chuck Landvatter was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He holds a BS in Interpersonal Communications from the University of Utah (2008), and an MFA in Drawing & Painting from Utah State University (2013). For nearly a decade, Chuck has taught art and design in various capacities including assistant professor, at USU, Weber State, and SAU. Chuck’s work is informed by his experiences growing up in the Intermountain West, often involves the figure, and is executed with a hybrid approach involving traditional techniques, contemporary design, illustration, and graffiti.
Dayton Crites thinks all the world is interactive artwork. He is often reminded by others that it is not. He has built mountain trails, designed parks and reimagined downtowns throughout the United States. Glendale Art Blocks is his first professional art installation.
Jared Steffensen is an artist and curator who currently resides in Salt Lake City, where he is the Curator of Exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. He earned his BFA in Intermedia Sculpture from the University of Utah in 2002, and an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006, where he was also a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Mexico, Germany and The Netherlands.
William S. Phillips is well known for his landscape and aviation paintings. He initially did not intend to become an artist, but when he sold four paintings in one afternoon at an airport restaurant he decided to pursue art as his career.