. . . . observing and investigating phenomenon — objects, marks, light, sound, color, form and periodicity. This is how I describe my work. I am an installation and a 2-D artist encountering questions of science and phenomenon. I am interested in how the life and the mind share archetypal ideas that become reality.
Trent Thursby Alvey is a multi-media artist working in disciplines of assemblage, installation, painting and experiential based concepts. She explores similar concepts of science and phenomenon through different mediums.
Born in Mount Pleasant, Utah in 1948, her father was a forest ranger on the Manti LaSal National Forest where her family spent their summers at the Mammouth Ranger Station. In 1960 they moved to Salt Lake City.
I provided my own entertainment while growing up and hanging out in the forest and meadow. This solitude gave me a great capacity for introspection and contemplation; as a result, I have grown up with many open-ended questions and many worlds to explore.
Alvey’s interests in the creative fields were sparked in the eighth grade by two teachers, David Chaplin and Claudia Sizemore, who provided an introduction to young adulthood and to the 60’s, a time of heightened freethinking and self-expression. They showed me that creativity is a way to understand the world and your own perspective of what is unfolding before you everyday.
She earned degrees in graphic design at Salt Lake Community College and studied Fine Art at Westminster College, where she earned a second BA in Communications. At Westminster College Alvey studies painting and figure drawing with Don Doxey.
Alvey has exhibited in many significant one-person and group shows, including Out of the Land, which traveled to The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC (1990). Toaster Worship was a part of the Utah exhibit Out of The Land: Utah Women Artists. Alvey’s sculptural piece was included in the national exhibition and is now in the permanent collection of the Utah Museum of Fine Art, University of Utah. She has shown work in many solo and small group shows including BYU Museum of Art exhibit,Work To Do (2013), Finch Lane Gallery, The Museum of Eastern Idaho and Springville Museum of Art . Her work is also included in these collections: Utah Arts & Museums, Salt Lake County Art Collection and Westminster College. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni in the Arts award by Westminster College (2016), and Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award (2011). Additional accolades include being chosen as one of Utah’s 15 Most Influential Artists by Artists of Utah, publishers of 15 Bytes: Utah’s Art Magazine (2013) and she is included in both editions of the book Artists of Utah by Robert S. Olpin, William C. Seifrit, and Vern Swanson. She is also part of the Utah Artists Project, the J. Willard Marriott Library’s digitized collections of selected Utah artists, also at the University of Utah.