Arts Elevate: Utah State University's Year of the Arts



Arts Elevate: Utah State University’s (USU) 2017–2018 Year of the Arts spotlighted the unique power of the arts to illuminate, transform, and inspire the human spirit. University and community partners worked together to craft a yearlong schedule of events focused on the arts from various points of view.

With special events highlighting the work of faculty and students from different disciplines, in recognition of the Chase Fine Art Center’s Fiftieth anniversary, and in celebration of other significant anniversaries, the Year of the Arts showcased the breadth, depth, power, and purpose of artistic exploration and expression at USU across colleges, departments, and regional campuses.

The Year of the Arts began in June 2017 with the Fiftieth anniversary of Lyric Repertory Theatre company and ended in December 2018.

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This convocation finished off the Year of the Arts with a presentation from artist Patrick Dougherty, who spent a residency at USU and created a sculpture on campus.
The term communitas invokes the fundamental spirit of community. It was in this spirit that the Department of Art + Design presented a yearlong lecture series with a wide range of artists, designers, and scholars whose work and lives promote the values of equality, diversity, and togetherness. These lectures were free and open to the public in addition to being offered to students for credit (ART 3710/.5 cr.).