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"Vessels" by Joshua Luther

Art Exhibit Reception

2023-09-30 16:00:00 2023-09-30 17:30:00 America/Denver "Vessels" by Joshua Luther Multimedia art by Joshua Luther • Exhibit runs from Sep 30–Dec 2. Main Library -

Saturday, September 30
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Add to Calendar 2023-09-30 16:00:00 2023-09-30 17:30:00 America/Denver "Vessels" by Joshua Luther Multimedia art by Joshua Luther • Exhibit runs from Sep 30–Dec 2. Main Library -

Multimedia art by Joshua Luther • Exhibit runs from Sep 30–Dec 2.


In this work I utilize vessel forms as powerful symbols to explore the containment of matter and an intentional break in the continuity of nature. Through this collection of mixed media works, I invite viewers to contemplate the rigidity of these vessels, as they hold and transfer vital liquids, mirroring the transmission of our collective human experiences.

The fluid contained within these vessels represents the essence of our stories and knowledge. Like a flowing liquid, it drips from one vessel to the next, signifying the continuous transmission of wisdom, insights, and traditions across generations. As the fluid travels, it symbolizes the intergenerational exchange, the passing down of narratives, and the growth and evolution of our collective understanding.

Through the medium of mixed media, I strive to capture the beauty and significance of these vessels, emphasizing their interconnectedness and the transformative power of the stories they carry. By incorporating various materials, textures, and colors, I aim to create artworks that evoke a sense of curiosity and reflection, inviting viewers to consider the rich tapestry of human history and the importance of preserving and sharing our cultural heritage.

Through this artistic journey, may we recognize the profound interplay between past, present, and future allowing the metaphorical vessels to guide your contemplation. As the liquid drips from one vessel to another, may you be inspired to reflect on the stories and knowledge that have been passed down to you, and consider how you, in turn, can contribute to the ongoing narrative of humanity.


Joshua Luther is an accomplished artist whose creative journey began at a tender age. Since his early childhood, Luther has been captivated by the world of art, exploring various mediums and techniques with a relentless passion. His dedication and natural talent have propelled him to achieve great heights in the realm of visual arts, making him a distinguished figure in the contemporary art scene.

Luther's artistic education played a crucial role in shaping his unique perspective and honing his technical skills. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with a specialization in painting from Utah State University, where he delved deep into the expressive possibilities of color, form, and composition. During this period, Luther's work exhibited an innate ability to evoke emotions and provoke introspection.

Driven by an insatiable curiosity and a desire to expand his artistic horizons, Luther pursued further education, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree with an emphasis in printmaking from the prestigious University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This interdisciplinary experience allowed him to explore new avenues of creativity and further refine his technical expertise. Luther's exploration of printmaking techniques imbued his work with a tactile quality, adding depth and intricacy to his artistic expressions.

Luther's artistic practice revolves around conceptual themes of constructed meaning and human perception. His thought-provoking creations challenge viewers to question the foundations of their own understanding and explore the intricate relationship between perception, reality, and interpretation. By intertwining elements of abstraction, symbolism, and visual storytelling, Luther creates immersive experiences that engage both the intellect and the emotions.

Currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Luther continues to push the boundaries of his artistic endeavors. His work has garnered critical acclaim and has been showcased in numerous exhibitions and galleries, both nationally and internationally. Luther's commitment to artistic growth and his unwavering dedication to his craft have earned him a reputation as a visionary artist whose work resonates deeply with audiences.

As an artist, Joshua Luther is constantly evolving, embracing new techniques, and exploring fresh concepts. Through his rich and thought-provoking body of work, he invites viewers to embark on a journey of self-reflection and discovery, challenging preconceived notions and encouraging a deeper engagement with the world around us. Luther's artistic vision serves as a testament to the transformative power of art and its ability to shape our perceptions and enrich our lives.

AGE GROUP: | All Ages |

EVENT TYPE: | Exhibits | Arts & Creativity |

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Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The structure embraces a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium.

A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.

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