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BEST NON-LOCAL/TOURING EXHIBITION
Ansel Adams: Early Works (Kimball Art Center)
Ansel Adams became an iconic figure in the later years of his life, the founder of photographic magazines and a teacher of technique to thousands. But his work itself is known mostly from prints created in that later period, the images of Yosemite and other Western vistas rendered in high contrast. Kimball Art Center gathered prints created by Adams in the 1920s and 1930s, smaller in scale and less stark in their contrasts. It was a fascinating reminder that the work that comes after the shot is taken can render photographic art unique. 638 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-8882, KimballArtCenter.org
BEST SHORT FILM
Love Sick, directed by Kevin Mark Lacy
How do you know when you’ve met “The One?” And what are you willing to do to make sure that a chance meeting isn’t your only meeting? Kevin Mark Lacy’s charming, energetic short film turns downtown Salt Lake City locations into the site for one young man’s frantic attempt to find the object of his infatuation. With snappy editing and a clever kicker of a conclusion, Lacy crafted the perfect romantic comedy for the 21st century: quick, punchy and with an ideal melding of romanticism and cynicism.
BEST PUBLIC ART/GRAFFITI ART
Endur is no stranger to the streets of SLC. A pioneer in local graffiti circles who draws influence from his American Indian heritage, he blends colors and uniquely styled pop art to make his works stand alone, and serves as a visual lesson to those who wish to master the art. You can spot his work in spots like the 337 Memorial Wall and the Free Speech Zone, where he has been a participant at Graffiti Fest almost every year since it started. If Utah graffiti were to have a hall of fame, Endur has earned himself a wing.
BEST STAND-UP COMIC
While Rounds himself may find it ridiculous, and most likely will perform a self-depreciating set about the fact that he has won this award again, truth is he’s earned it in spades. Working mostly the underground circuit with his inflammatory set aimed at bringing out audiences who can’t afford the bigger clubs, Rounds also formed the Secret Satan comedy shows at Mo’s Neighborhood Grill, and was a headlining local name at the SLC vs. Vegas Comedy Battle at The Complex. And Levi, as per your Facebook post regarding what would happen if you won, we expect to see Cody Rounds as your date-in-drag at the party.
BEST IMPROV TROUPE
Perhaps even the members of the troupe itself would be challenged to improvise a reaction of surprise to an Artys victory after scoring back-to-back wins in this category. Their regular weekend performances continue to draw crowds to the Off Broadway Theatre, creating laughs out of thin air just as they have since the troupe was founded as the original Quick Wits in 1994. Join a rotating cast of characters, including Clarence Strohn, Rusty Bringhurst, Logan Rogan and Kylee Bird, for games and sketches that test a performer’s ability to find the funny in absolutely anything. 272 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-355-4628, LaughingStock.us
BEST FASHION DESIGN
Founded in 2003 by designer Suzanne Holifield, Sorry Clementine offers locally made designs with an emphasis on “one of a kind.” Every article of clothing has been designed, cut and sewn together by Holifield herself, with no two looking alike, making each piece a unique work to call your own. This extraordinary approach has turned her into a prominent name in both the fashion and craft communities, and made her a mainstay at both the Downtown Farmers Market and Craft Sabbath, as well as a featured designer of Fashion Stroll. SorryClementine.com
BEST ARTISTIC HAIR DESIGN
Landis Lifestyle Salon
The best part of Landis taking home this award is that by reputation alone they are one of the most welcoming salons for the regular guy or gal to walk into. Sure, it is state-of-the-art, and all the master stylists have tons of training and are continually learning the cutting edge of their field. But the best part is they will actually listen to what you have to say instead of simply styling your hair into the latest and questionably greatest trend—although they are happy to do that, too, if you wish. 1298 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, 801-485-5506; 569 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-364-3354, LandisSalon.com