Kimball Art Center to Present Sundance Film Festival Inspired Exhibit

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Park City, UT – Kimball Art Center announced today its new exhibition celebrating diverse and innovative artists titled Thirty-Three: Celebrating 33 Years of the Independent Spirit & Sundance Film Festival.  The exhibition, set to open January 19, 2017, is curated by award-winning director and Sundance Institute alum, Morgan Spurlock, with additional co-curation by Jensen Karp & Katherine Sutton of Gallery1988 in Los Angeles, California.  Thirty-Three will showcase 33 emerging and established artists that are at the forefront of contemporary and visual art and run the gamut of pop art style and aesthetic.

“Morgan Spurlock is a visionary filmmaker with a demonstrated talent for curating emerging and established artists to bring a fresh perspective to the art scene,” said Robin Marrouche, Executive Director of the Kimball Art Center. “Together with Gallery1988 of Los Angeles, he has co-curated a show for Kimball Art Center that is both playful and provocative. This Thirty-Three exhibition pays homage to over three decades of creativity generated by Sundance Film Festival and is the perfect addition for art enthusiasts to enjoy during the Festival. The Kimball Art Center is thrilled to be a part of such an innovative collaboration.”

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“I’m so excited to bring together my love and passion for art and film into this one spectacular exhibit. And to do it while we reflect on the incredible and impactful 33 years of world changing movies is even more meaningful. There’s no place in the world like Sundance,” said Morgan Spurlock, curator of Thirty-Three and award-winning director.

The 33 artists featured in the exhibition are:

Gary Baseman                                   Naoto Hattori                         Olek

Buff Monster                                      Logan Hicks                            Scott Radke

Jon Burgerman                                   Jabu                                         Souther Salazar

Molly Crabapple                                Aaron Jasinski                         Todd Schorr

D*Face                                                Mike Leavitt                             Andrew Schoultz

Dabs Myla                                           Travis Louie                            Shag

John Rozum                                        Dan Lydersen                         Bennett Slater

Ron English                                         RAE                                          Beau Stanton

Natalia Fabia                                       Jim McKenzie                         Swoon

Shepard Fairey                                   Niagara                                   Mark Dean Veca

Derek Gores                                        Nouar                                      Nicola Verlato


Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning and Academy Award-nominated writer, director and producer and president and founder of full-service New York-based production studio, Warrior Poets. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, winning Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.

Since then he has directed, produced and distributed multiple film, television and digital projects, including the critically acclaimed CNN television series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, Showtime’s 7 Deadly Sins, the FX series 30 Days and films such as Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?Confessions of a SuperheroCzech DreamChalk and The Future of Food to name a few. Spurlock also serves as Executive Producer of the upcoming documentaries The Eagle HuntressThe Pistol Shrimps and Vlogumentary, and is co-writing, directing and producing the untitled film about Hollywood Superagent Sue Mengers based on Brian Kellow’s bestselling biography, Can I Go Now: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s Superagent.

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Opened in 2004 by California natives Katie Sutton and Jensen Karp, Gallery1988 has become the go-to, and was the first-ever, destination for pop culture art and emerging artists. Openings at the gallery have seen upwards of 2,500 people attending in one night, including celebrities such as Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon and Simon Pegg admiring the walls. An annual show at G1988, now in its 10th year, “Crazy 4 Cult” has received worldwide press and over 1,000,000 website hits on the day of the opening reception. In addition, G1988 has also created unprecedented partnerships with corporations like The Walt Disney Company, Capcom, Sony, Paramount Pictures, the Academy Awards and Mattel to produce art shows, and marketing campaigns, inspired by their products and history. You’ve seen the work of G1988 in collaboration with properties like LOSTBreaking Bad, The Oscars, Marvel’s The AvengersStar Wars: The Force Awakens and Ghostbusters.


For more than 40 years, the Kimball Art Center has inspired and connected the Park City community through art.  The nonprofit center provides art education, free exhibitions and a variety of events to the public, including the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival that attracts more than 50-thousand people to Park City’s Historic Main Street.  For more information on the KAC and its numerous community offerings and programs, please visit  Art Starts Here™

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Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale StationSin NombreThe Invisible WarThe SquareDirty WarsSpring AwakeningA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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