We all know the names Andy Warhol, Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gough. But what about those artists who aren’t as well known and perhaps even considered a nobody? On April 24 and 25, the Honors College Think Tank final project was to showcase the art of talented, yet anonymous, artists by hosting an exhibit at the Photo Collective in downtown Salt Lake City.
This free, multidimensional event recognized brilliant people in the community who didn’t consider their work to be “museum quality.” The artists are teachers, janitors roaming the halls, neighbors, amateur photographers who never show their photos and others in the community. In keeping with the theme of anonymity, names of the artists were not included beside each piece so the audience could not be influenced to view the art through an unbiased lens.
The nine University of Utah students who curated the event call themselves the “Bureau of Nobody” and their goal is to “expand people’s perception of creativity.” The event successfully accomplished this mission and will remain an integral part of the Salt Lake community by becoming an annual project. Be on the lookout for upcoming exhibits. If you are curious to learn more about the “nobodies” who designed the event, visit their Tumblr site.