Workshop Description

Exploration of Personal Iconography  K-6 

Encyclopedia Britannica defines iconography as "the science of identification, description, classification, and interpretation of symbols, themes, and subject matter in the visual arts. The term can also refer to the artist’s use of this imagery in a particular work." In this hands-on workshop we will explore personal "cons and create abstract responses to these important images and forms encountered in our daily lives.  Based on the work of several outside artists, we'll construct our own individual world of personal iconography.  

Sandy Brunvand

Born in Michigan, Sandy Brunvand moved to Salt Lake City in 1982.  She is an assistant professor (lecturer) in art education in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. After receiving her MFA in 2003, she co-founded Saltgrass Printmakers, a non-profit printmaking studio and gallery located in Sugarhouse.  As well as teaching studio and art education courses at the U of U, Brunvand has developed and taught a variety of professional development workshops for K-12 educators. These workshops have been delivered for the University of Utah, Salt Lake Art Center (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, UMOCA), Jordan School District, Salt Lake School District, Granite School District, and Art Works For Kids.

Brunvand’s artwork incorporates painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. Her work has been shown throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Colombia, Palestine, Hungary, and Scotland.  Her commissions include the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, UMOCA, and Utah Arts Council.  She has received a Utah Arts Council Established Artist Grant, multiple grants from Art Works for Kids, and the University of Utah's Graduate Research Fellowship.  Brunvand was recently named one of Utah’s 15 most influential artists by Utah’s online arts magazine Artists of Utah-15BYTES. 

As well as creating, teaching, and viewing art, Brunvand has a passion for playing blues and bluegrass music and for hiking in the mountains with her husband, Erik, and dog, Scruggs.