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The Kimball Art Center, Park City, will be closed through April 1 for renovation. "This downtime," said Judith McConkie, executive director, "enables a wonderful opportunity for growth at the Kimball — a time for us to re-evaluate and reinvent the art center as we know it."

"Photo Op '02," the national juried photography exhibition, will be in Salt Lake City at 347 W. Pierpont Ave. from Feb. 7-25. Forty examples of America's finest contemporary photography was selected from 500 submitted pieces. There are no digitally manipulated images, only straight photography. Jurors were Bill Wooby, founder/director of the Millennium Arts Center; Abraham Lubelski, owner of NY ARTS magazine; and John Telford, noted Utah photographer.

The National Art Education Association has selected Arlene Braithwaite, associate professor of art at Southern Utah University, as Utah Art Educator of the Year. Braithwaite has taught art at SUU for 24 years. Professionally, Braithwaite is regarded as an authority on the work of Georgia O'Keeffe.

Dennis Smith, acclaimed local sculptor, has released a series of small bronzes in his "2002 Olympic Dreams" collection, which captures the spirit of the event. "Tobogganers" and "The Way She Soars" will be available for purchase by calling Kevin Walkenhorst at 763-0080.

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, in the middle of Liberty Park, will open daily from noon-5 p.m. during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The only state museum of its kind in the country, the Chase Home Museum showcases the craft, music and dance of living traditional artists from Utah's ethnic, native occupational and rural communities. For more information, contact Carol Edison at 533-5760.

The Utah State University Ceramics Guild will present a workshop with Stephen Robison and Kathleen Guss on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., in the USU ceramics studio, #FAV 121. For more information, call 1-435-797-3566.