Born and raised on the east coast, Hikmet Sidney Loe fell in love with the arid desert lands of Utah and the environs of Great Salt Lake. She is an artist, writer, and teacher whose work draws inspiration from the smaller patterns found in the larger environment and from the changeable nature of land, water, and sky. Her work examines the changeable nature of the earth and addresses our perceptual and cultural constructs of the land.
She is the author of The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson's Earthwork through Time and Place (2017), the first book in a new series devoted to our cultural and regional understanding of Land art from the 1960s and 1970s.
Hikmet Sidney Loe’s “The Spiral Jetty Encyclo” Wins the 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book
The Spiral Jetty Encylco: Exploring Robert Smithson's Earthwork through Time and Place shortlisted by Utah Historical Society in consideration of its annual Utah Book Award
Book Readings and Events
August 20 "12 Minutes Max," The City Library
September 20 Reading, conversation with Scotti Hill, book signing, Finch Lane Gallery
October 4 Hikmet Loe and Spiral Jetty, Utah Museum of Fine Arts
November 15 Reading, Granary Art Center
December 2 Utah Museum of Fine Arts Holiday Market
December 7 The Kings English Holiday Party
April 8 Friends of the Marriott Library, Sunday Afternoon Books and Authors
September 28 Panel, 66th Annual Utah History Conference
October 12 Land Art Symposium, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
October 25 Invited speaker, West Texas A&M University
March Keynote speaker, 47th Annual ARLIS/NA Conference
Book Reception, Interviews, and Reviews
Encycloing the Jetty: Hikmet Sidney Loe Meanders through Robert Smithson's Earthwork, 15 Bytes
VISITINGS, an interview series by Alan Nakagawa
Interview with Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
2017 Holiday Book Show, Radio West
KSL-TV, "Spiral Jetty: An artist's giant, lonely, eerie canvas"
High Country News, "The Cyclone in the Great Salt Lake"
The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Book Review
PROJECTS | UPCOMING EVENTS
To order the book, click here to access The University of Utah Press.
Book chapter on teaching art history in the Venture Program
"Hope, Heart, and the Humanities tells how Venture, a free, interdisciplinary college humanities course inspired by the national Clemente Course, has helped open doors for hundreds of students who, for various reasons, faced barriers to attending college. This course has given them the knowledge, confidence, and power to rechart their lives." This book was published Fall 2016 by The University of Utah Press, edited by Jean Cheney and L. Jackson Newell with Hikmet Sidney Loe, Jeff Metcalf, and Bridget M. Newell. For book information, click here.
FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake presented the first annual Alfred Lambourne Prize to a juried work inspired by the lake. FRIENDS President Heidi Nedreberg asked me to write about the prize and the event, which is featured on her blog, Seasons of Salt.
Presented biannually at the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum, the Friend of the Lake Award "is given to a person, organization, or business performing outstanding work in education, research and/or advocacy to benefit Great Salt Lake." It was my honor to receive this award during the 2014 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum.
As a long-time observer of Great Salt Lake, and scholar of the earthworks that are part of its landscape, my interview is part of this oral history project.
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