Anne Morgan-Jespersen began her professional career as an architect and designer. She has worked on both residential and corporate architectural projects and was part of the team responsible for the restoration of Utah’s Governor’s Mansion. Later she followed a natural inclination toward painting and visual art. She has exhibited extensively in Utah and has received many awards in both art and architecture including the prestigious Henry Adams Award for Excellence in Architecture. Her paintings belong to collections throughout the world.
Ms. Morgan-Jespersen has been a part-time resident of Helper, Utah for the past ten years. She is an integral part of the “Helper Artist’s Movement”, considered to be one of two of the most significant art movements to come out of the state of Utah in the last 50 years. This unique group of like-minded people has dedicated their lives to art. In the “hard scrabble” landscape of Carbon County they are carving their own place in Utah’s art history. “
Along with her daily studio time, Anne is working on a series of paintings entitled, “ Contemporary Women of Utah”. This series is a cross-section and a historical documentation of women’s lives in Utah from 2012-2024. The commitment to this long-term project provides an opportunity to view the changes in her work over time as well as an opportunity to share perspectives with other women and the community.
In a tunnel under a freeway, there is a wall given to Helper Junior High students to tag and spray as they deem fit. Painted there is a statement, “Art expresses that cannot be explained”.
This statement was poignant to me because in my process, creating art is an intensely private and personal experience. It is difficult to describe, because it is neither confined solely to materials or techniques nor is it explained through language.
When I am completely absorbed in my work there is a sense of mystery, chance, hope and a feeling of transformation. These elements become part of the painting. They are the part that connects us with each other.
Born: 1953, Salt Lake City, Utah
1989 Masters of Architecture, The University of Utah
1974 Bachelors of Science, The University of Utah
Artist Studio Workshops, Helper, Utah Drawing and Painting
San Francisco Art Institute Drawing and Painting
Sun Valley Art Center Painting
University of Utah Art Department Drawing and Painting
1985-1991 Intern Architect
1991-1996 Professional Architect
1996-2003 Archetypes Plus Business Owner, Architect, Artist and Interior Designer
2004-2014 amjworks Artist and Designer
Galleries and Exhibitions
1998-2003 Phillip’s Gallery Salt Lake City, Utah
2006 The Springville Art Museum Spring Salon Springville, Utah
2007 “Contours” Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
2008 The Springville Art Museum Spring Salon Springville, Utah
2009 The Salt Lake Art Center Salt Lake City, Utah
2010-2013 300 Plates Art Access Salt Lake City, Utah
2010-2013 The Springville Art Museum Spring Salon Springville, Utah
2010- The Salt Lake Art Center Salt Lake City, Utah
2010 Julie Nester Gallery Park City, Utah
2011 Art Access VSA of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
2013 Phillip’s Gallery Salt Lake City, Utah
2013 UMOCA Salt Lake City, Utah
2014 CODA Gallery Palm Desert, California
Awards, Publications and Commissions
1989 The Henry Adams Award for Excellence in Architecture; Awarded by the American Institute of Architects Salt Lake City, Utah
2009 “Not Just Another Pretty Face” Salon Commission Salt Lake City, Utah
2010 The Park City Record “Face to Face” Park City, Utah
2010 The Salt Lake Tribune “Portraits of the Artists” Salt Lake City, Utah
2011 A Festival’s Worth of Women’s Voices Salt Lake City, Utah
2011 Award of Merit The Springville Museum of Art Springville Utah
2012 Award of Merit The Springville Museum of Art Springville Utah
2014 The Governor’s Mansion Artists Series Award Salt Lake City, Utah