Also returning this year are the community altars, which will circle the perimeter of the gallery. Participating community organizations currently include The Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City; Salt Lake Community College; Juan Diego High School; Valley Junior High, and others. There are some spaces still available if you or your organization are interested in participating in the altar & art exhibition. Information on how you may get involved can be found here.
Dia de los Muertos themed art installations will also be a part of this year’s exhibition. Returning is the very popular Zacuanpapalotls piece by local artist Nadia Morales. The dramatic installation features a swarm of monarch butterflies, a potent symbol in Day of the Dead imagery.
Also returning this year is another 3-dimensional artist Sonia Pence, whose triptych altar paying tribute to 3 freedom fighting sisters who died under Dominican Republic military rule was a visceral and astonishing piece included in last year’s exhibition. This year, Sonia presents Ascension a vertical vortex of crows meant to describe the transformation after death.
Artist Pilar Pobil’s painting depicting Dia de los Muertos happenings in a Mexican cemetery is as sacred as it is inviting, featuring a young girl falling asleep from exhaustion due to the days of activities preparing for and engaging in the holiday.
The Day of the Dead Altar & Art Exhibition will be on display at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center Oct 24 – Nov 3, and may be viewed Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or by arrangement. Guests are particularly invited to join us for the Day of the Dead community celebration on Oct 29. The event runs from noon – 6 p.m. and is $5 for adults; children 12 and under and students with ID are granted free admission. More information about the event may be found here.