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Dan Gerhart

Salt Lake City, UT, USA
I am a professional public artist, and a practicing studio artist.

Work Experience

University Of Utah

Adjunct Instructor

Figure Sculpture
3D Design

3-D Design: wood shop

Interim Head of Art Education Area

• Responsible for instruction of the following classes:

Secondary Art Education
Art education class for Art Education majors. Includes art education theory, teaching strategies, investigation of Discipline Based Arts Education, alternative assessment via Mastery Curriculum and Portfolio, art facilities management, creating strategies for curriculum development, and visiting area schools and museums.

Elementary Art Education
Introduction to art teaching for General Elementary Education students. Includes a brief history of western art, training in basic studio skills, art education strategies, Discipline Based Art Education lesson planning, curricular integration with Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and creation of an arts teaching portfolio.

2000-2002 other UU adjunct positions

• Introduction to Visual Arts
Art History survey course for non-majors. Introduce artworks within a cultural context and a semiotic dialogue between Philosophy, Science, Comparative Religion, Literature, and Music from Paleolithic to Contemporary.

• Basic Design
Basic design class for non-majors. Includes color theory, drawing for line and value, aerial and linear perspective, compositional strategies, portraiture, Durer-Grid, Dada Poetry, art history survey, and critical dialogue.

• Figure Sculpture. Investigation from the live model through traditional and post-modern methods. Emphasis on anatomy, proportion, balance, and gesture.

• Foundation Sculpture. Curriculum with emphasis on formal and expressive explorations in various media, critical process, and aesthetic evaluation.

• Introduction to Visual Arts (Online format): non-major survey of art history
August 2000 - May 2012 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Salt Lake City Corporation

Director: YouthCity Artways

YouthCity Artways was the Arts Education program of Salt Lake City under Mayors Corradini and Anderson, with a mission of improving quality of life for at-risk children through providing classes and workshops for youth and families promoting creative exploration of the arts with guidance and instruction from professional teaching artists. It was also home of the “Kennedy Center IMAGINATION CELEBRATION™ at Salt Lake City” and a founding partner of The Leonardo: Utah’s arts, culture, science center. (
• Direct a public arts education program serving 5,500 youth in diverse community settings
• Interview, hire, and conduct annual performance evaluations of 35 professional teaching artists specializing in dance, music, opera, theater, and visual arts
• Supervise the Program Manager and Program Communications Coordinator
• Manage annual operating budget of $322,248 and leverage additional program dollars through grants and fundraising
• Coordinate professional development for staff arts teachers
• Cultivate and sustain partnerships with schools, businesses, professional and civic organizations, local government, and international/national/local performing arts troops
• Promote program activities through interviews with TV, radio, newspaper and public speaking engagements
• Create and lead public art projects
• Administer annual season of the Kennedy Center IMAGINATION CELEBRATION at Salt Lake City including fundraising, pre- and post-season reporting at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, preparation and distribution of marketing materials, negotiation of contracts with visiting artists and partner arts organizations, and conducting arts education workshops for K-12 teachers.
• Develop strategic partnerships and cultivate donors to support the $20 million capital campaign for The Leonardo at Library Square.
• Serve on the Educational Programming Committee and Architectural Design Committee of The Leonardo at Library Square (
May 2003 - April 2007 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Skyline High School

Art Department Chair

• Planned and implemented curricula for Basic Design, Drawing, Painting, Advanced Drawing, Advanced Painting, Studio Art, Ceramics, Sculpture, Small Metals, and Humanities
• Developed sequential curriculum for studio classes leading students through Elements & Principles of Design with a Discipline Based Arts Education curricula.
• Supervised one new art instructor, collaborated with photo-journalism, band/orchestra, and theater set design.
• Taught four 70-minute classes per day for 25 to 40 students per class with a fifth planning period, on a Trimester schedule
• Managed art department budget expenditures for supplies and equipment
• Maintained electric and gas kilns, pug mill, burn-out kilns, tool maintenance
• Coordinated fund raisers for the Art Department
• Reinstated charter for National Art Honors Society
• Recommended students for local and national scholarships
• Initiated, supervised, and coordinated a Mural-Making Art Club for students creating a 17 x 24 foot mural integrating over 30 masterworks of art, located on civic auditorium within the school
• Recipient of ST. Vrain Valley Salute Award 1996 for excellence in teaching
• Assistant Director of four plays
• Assistant Boys Soccer Coach
August 1994 - June 1998 Colorado, United States

Heritage Middle School

Art Instructor

Yearbook Editor
August 1994 - June 1995 Colorado, United States

Loveland Sculpture Works

Bronze Chase

Bronze Sculpture & Monument Production
September 1991 - May 1993 Loveland, Colorado, United States

City Of Boulder Watershed

Patrol / Caretaker

Seasonal summer position at the Boulder Watershed: 8,000 acres on the Continental Divide spanning two glacial valleys, five 13k peaks, 14 lakes. Rustic conditions with cabin at elevation of 10,000 feet, gravity fed water, gas light, no electricity.
First summer on work crew, second summer Foreman of work crew- logging, road maintenance, dam maintenance.
Seven summers as Patrol/Caretaker: spotting & tracking trespassers, ticketing them, escorting them from property : hiking 6 days per week, 10-20 miles per day, with elevation gain/loss of up to 10,000 feet mostly in back-country with no roads or trails.
Returned for three summers as cook for crew & patrol while teaching High School.
June 1986 - September 1999 Boulder, Colorado, United States


University Of Utah

MFA: Sculpture

Two MFA solo exhibitions.
Kinderfresser & MFA Thesis
August 1999 - September 2001 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Colorado State University

K-12 Art Teaching Certification

I was selected to join a pilot program that embedded university students in the High School classroom, coupled with university coursework and hands-on learning scenarios. I was requested back to the High School, and my certification was accelerated, to cover for teachers taking their students abroad.
August 1992 - May 1994 Colorado, United States

Colorado State University

BFA: Sculpture, cum laude

Dean's List, Gold Key National Honor Society,
August 1986 - May 1991 Colorado, United States

Selected Exhibitions

2014 30 Years at Finch Lane Galleries: A Retrospective
Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

2013 Phillips Gallery
444 East 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT

2012 Springville Museum 88th Spring Salon
Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah 84663

2006 Westminster College Faculty Exhibit
Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Salt Lake City, UT

The Face of Utah Sculpture
Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, UT 84119

Springville Museum 82nd Spring Salon: Merit Award
Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah 84663

2005 Phillips Gallery
444 East 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT

2004 Poor Yoric Studios
530 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT

2003 Fables Gallery
Salt Lake City, UT

2002 Faculty Exhibition
Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

2001 Distinguished Alumni Art Invitational- Portraiture Exhibit
Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

MFA Thesis Exhibition
Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Peripheral to Rodin exhibit via UMFA educational department.

Set Resets
Collaboration with University of Utah Modern Dance for the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Set Reset. Modern Dance Theater at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Collaborative art/video/performance through special topics class Interactive Arts Technology. Modern Dance Building, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Collaboration with Contemporary Ice Theater, funded by University of Utah Fine Arts Grant. First Night at the Gallivan Center (New Year’s Eve), Salt Lake City, UT

Resolution Revolution
Student Collaboration, First Night at the Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City, UT

2000 Utah Intercollegiate Art Exhibition 2000
Juried Exhibition, Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Sundance Young Contemporaries 2000
Juried Exhibition, Sundance Resort, UT

Solo Exhibition, Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Public Art: 2014 Bonneville Reliquary Bend

Bonneville Reliquary Bend

Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City: Sugar House Monument Plaza, 1100 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT

A series of ten bronze sculptures of Bonneville Cutthroat trout swimming through hoops allegorical of a river running through Sugar House Monument Plaza. "Bend" refers to fish gathering along the current's swift edge at a river bend. It also considers the now underground river as bent or deformed from a riparian habitat into a utilitarian water course.

Public Art: 2010 Salt In Suspension

Salt In Suspension

Salt Lake County Arts Council: Herriman Library, Herriman, UT

A monumental mobile in the library entry/atrium created from steel, salt block, and salt stone with inlaid programmable LED (35’x15’x25’), and a series of three wall hanging forms created from salt, with inscribed text, and internal LED (3.5’x 4’ x4” ea).

Public Art: 2010 Gambel’s Quail SK8

Gambel’s Quail SK8

Salt Lake City Arts Council: Ione Davis Park, 950 South 1980 East, Salt Lake City, UT

A covey of nine Gambel’s quail in bronze with the monumental adult buck and hen each on roller skates with seven chicks stacked in pairs on their backs. An additional buck quail on a skate with a single chick rolls through the opposite end of the park.

Public Art: 2008 Bonneville Upstream

Bonneville Upstream

Salt Lake City Arts Council: Sugarhouse Business District, 1300 E. / 2100 S., Salt Lake City, UT

A series of five monumental outdoor bronze sculptures of Bonneville Cutthroat trout swimming through hoops allegorical of a river, marking the Sugarhouse Business District’s east boundary. "Upstream" here refers to swimming against the current to reach the spawning ground. It is coincidentally a term used to refer to the part of the oil industry responsible for the exploration and recovery of oil and natural gas reserves- which means Fracking and Tar Sands, both mean biosphere obliteration.

Public Art: 2006 Flying Fish

Flying Fish

Salt Lake City Arts Council: Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT

The Salt Lake City Arts Council chose twelve local artists to create unique interpretations on the theme “Flying Objects”. My work is a “Flying Fish”, a Betta fish with two human arms each holding large stainless steel feathers (7’x 5’x 8’). The work rotated through three downtown locations over the course of three years. The work was purchased by Salt Lake City Corporation for permanent display in 2012

Public Art: 2005 Bonneville Reliquary

Bonneville Reliquary

Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City
Sugarhouse District, 2100 S. 1040 E, Salt Lake City,UT

A series of five monumental outdoor bronze sculptures of Bonneville Cutthroat trout swimming through hoops, which are allegorical of a river, and two low relief medallions.

Public Art: 2005 Gallus Gallus

Gallus Gallus

Salt Lake County Arts Council: Draper Public Library, Draper, UT

Three hens and a rooster are perched upon individual Victorian houses around the library’s exterior. Inside the library are a series of ‘chick and egg’ sculptures: a chick standing atop a stack of twelve Emu eggs; twelve small eggs and a chick upon a shelf of old barn wood aside the fireplace; and on the opposite side of the fireplace, twelve chicks and one egg. All of the forms are cast in bronze.

Public Art: 2003 Pythagoras


Salt Lake City Corporation: Pioneer Police Precinct, 1040 W. 700 S., Salt Lake City, UT

A series of five abstract geometric sculptures explore the Golden Section in relationship to the Mayan Calendar and derive societal law from a foundation of natural law. An outdoor abstract form in cast bronze and stainless steel (20' tall x 7' diameter) relates formally to four indoor works in cast bronze and exotic hardwoods (lobby form and three hallway forms, 7' diameter each.)

Public Art: 2002 Orpheus & Eurydice

Orpheus & Eurydice

Location: Utah Symphony & Opera Production Center, 336 N. 400 W., SLC, UT
Patron: Price Family Foundation

This series of five sculptures are generated from a pair of 2/3 life-size figures. The defining figures represent the moment Orpheus looks back to Eurydice, losing her to Dis. Also commissioned are two partial figures and an eleven foot tall abstraction of the figures integrated with a fountain, representing the music Orpheus composed upon losing Eurydice.

Public Art: 2002 Winter Olympic Figures

Winter Olympic Figures

2002 Winter Olympic Games
Salt Lake City, UT

Ten metal and light sculptures depicting various winter sports, displayed at the 2002 Winter Olympic convention building in the Athlete's Village.

Public Art: 2000 Resolution Revolution

Resolution Revolution

Steel, Flame, Mirrors 18’x 20’x 12'

This contraption is a Rube Goldbergesque sequential machine to burn New Year’s resolutions for the Salt Lake City Firstnight New Year’s Eve celebration. It was popular in its first year and was re-funded the next, wherein screens and video projection were added.

Art Travel

1996 – 2011
Croatia/Montenegro: Hvar, Istria, Korcula, Taormina;
France: Paris;
Greece: Corfu;
Italy: Capri, Florence, Milan, Pisa, Ponza, Rome, Venice;
Nicaragua: Granada;
Spain: Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga;
USA: Black Rock City, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.