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Daniel George

Jello Salad Series: New Library Acquisitions

September 18, 2020 – November 18, 2020

Gallery on Five, level 5

Jello is recognized as the official snack of the state of Utah, where over half the population are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In this family and community centered culture, lowbrow get-together meals yield variations of colored gelatin snacks, embellished with a diverse range of fruits, vegetables, condiments, and other ingredients. These eclectic concoctions are archived in “ward cookbooks,” an assemblage of recipes shared by local congregation members. I am visualizing these creations as a means of exploring the interconnection of faith, food, community, culture, heritage, and history. These photographs are pigment prints with the following titles: Cottage Cheese Salad, Salad Mold, and Cranberry Salad.

Daniel George is a photographic artist whose work is rooted in the medium’s documentary tradition and explores the interconnection of place and culture as it relates to communal and personal identity. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and has been published internationally in both print and online publications. His work has been acquired into several permanent collections, including the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Collection, the Rare Books Collection at the J. Willard Marriott Library of the University of Utah, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Snow College Karen H. Huntsman Library Special Collections, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art of the Utah State University, the Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah Archives and Special Collections at Jen Library, the Brigham Young University-Idaho Department of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Daniel received a BFA in photography from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He was a visiting professor at Brigham Young University and is currently based in Vineyard, UT. For additional projects, see his website.

Daniel also exhibited his photographs in the Lee Library in 2019, in God To Go West in the Auditorium Gallery.