Biography

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.

 

Artist’s Statement

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.

 

Professional Resume

Born: 1953, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Education

1989     Masters of Architecture, The University of Utah

1974     Bachelors of Science, The University of Utah

 

Artist Workshops

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

 

Professional Experience

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