What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Artwork by Trent Alvey and Claudia Sisemore

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation
Artwork by Trent Alvey and Claudia Sisemore
Sat, Mar 3, 4–5:30pm

Preparing the paper surface using collage, mark making, and monotype printing, I tear randomly, then proceed from whatever the shape suggests. I like this way of allowing subliminal images to emerge, suggesting an emotional and narrative familiarity. "What I Did on my Summer Vacation" aims to grasp the moment of a memory—like grabbing a fly out of the air—and it allows that moment to be experienced fully. Claudia Sisemore, my friend, mentor, and my creative writing teacher in eighth-grade, recently found a school assignment I’d written in 1961. Reading it took me back to my 12-year-old psyche. I realized that was when I discovered creativity as a vehicle for navigating life. The work in this exhibit is the process of remembering how creativity is an energy that sustains, informs and invigorates us throughout life: observing and investigating phenomenon—objects, marks, light, sound, color, form, and periodicity. This is how I describe my work. I am an installation and two dimensional artist encountering questions of science and phenomenon. I am interested in how the life and the mind share archetypal ideas that become reality.

About Trent Alvey Born in Mount Pleasant, Utah in 1948. Her father was a forest ranger on the Manti LaSal National Forest, where her family spent their summers at the Mammoth Ranger Station. In 1960 the family moved to Salt Lake City. Alvey earned an Associate degree in Graphic Arts Design from Salt Lake Community College then double Bachelor of Arts degree at Westminster College in Art and Communications.

Alvey has exhibited in many significant one-person and group shows, including "Out of the Land," which traveled to The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. "Toaster Worship," Alvey's sculptural work that was included in the national exhibition, is now in the permanent collection of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. Her work is also included in the collections of Salt Lake County, Utah Arts & Museums, and Westminster College.

She is a recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award (2011). Additional accolades include being chosen as one of Utah’s “15 Most Influential Artists” by Artists of Utah. Alvey contributed a sound installation, "Our Common Voice," to the Parliament of the World Religions held in Salt Lake City, 2015. She had a four-person exhibit at Brigham Young University Museum of Art (2013) and was in Utah Women Artists exhibit at Adobe software (2017). Westminster College awarded her a Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Art in 2016. Alvey is included in both editions of the book Artists of Utah.


I have a very vague idea of what I am going to paint. I read that many artists are inspired by an idea before they begin their work and plan their approach and process based on that idea or inspiration. Others become inspired after they have begun working and watching colors, shapes and designs form. I basically belong to the second group. Usually, after painting begins in a loose, free manner, I become excited by certain colors and patterns and just continue from there.

After receiving a BS degree in English from Brigham Young University and then teaching English and creative writing for nine years, Claudia Sisemore went to the University of Utah and completed an MFA degree in painting and filmmaking. In 1978, she received an artist in- residence grant to teach painting at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming and, also served as a filmmaker-in-residence for high school students in Dubois, Wyoming.

From 1979-1994, she worked at the Utah State Office of Education as an educational filmmaker. At the same time, she received a number of grants as an independent filmmaker to produce documentary films on Utah artists.

Her paintings have been shown in many major Utah shows and she is represented by Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City. Her paintings are in the collections of individuals, corporations, Salt Lake County, and Utah State.

In 2014 she was honored at the Rio Gallery as an outstanding teacher, painter and filmmaker. Works of her friends and collegues were included in the show.

In 2015, she received the Salt Lake Mayor's Award in visual arts.

In 2017, she was selected as one of 12 outstanding female artists in Utah by Adobe.

Location: Main Library, Gallery at Library Square

Contact Information: 801-524-8200