The Dumke Arts Plaza represents the transformation of a blighted motel property into an innovative civic space that brings the community together around art in Ogden’s dynamic Nine Rails Creative District. The plaza’s design, inspired by the region's dynamic landscape, has the flexibility to support many types of art, from large-scale installations to small performances, and includes an LED screen for displaying film and video art. An elevated platform known as the plinth provides more space for arts programming, as well as a new perspective on the plaza and its surroundings. The Dumke Arts Plaza is a welcoming public space, with interactive play elements, unique lighting, benches, and water-wise landscaping. A major feature of the Dumke Arts Plaza is the Beacon, a new sculpture that extends over 25th Street, inviting visitors to explore the plaza.
Weber State University’s Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery brought a new collaborative exhibition featuring dance, film, and photography to the Dumke Arts Plaza on Oct. 6. Coincidences is an interdisciplinary multimedia project and contemporary movement experience exploring shared isolation, concepts of sensory stimulation and informed trauma that impacts the human experience. The exhibition will run from Oct. 6 to April 30, 2024 at the Plaza. Free public live performances were held on Oct. 6 and Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The collaborative partners for this exhibition are jo Blake, Cam McLeod, Dylan Totaro, WSU’s Dance Program, and the Shaw Gallery. Lydia Gravis, gallery director for Shaw Gallery, said she is thrilled to elevate Ogden’s art scene with Coincidences at Dumke Arts Plaza. “Coincidences gives poetic form to our human desire for belonging and connection,” Gravis said. “Using visual and performing arts as a conduit for creative expression, this collaborative exhibition invites community members to contemplate their individual experiences of isolation, and the potential to dissolve illusions of ‘otherness’ by recognizing our common humanity.” The Shaw Gallery is committed to curating quality outdoor, rotating exhibitions at the Dumke Arts Plaza in partnership with Ogden City. These exhibitions showcase the work of regional, national, and international artists and share world-class art with the community in a dynamic, outdoor civic space. Continuous support from Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation, Weber County RAMP, Ogden City Arts, the Austad Endowment for Visual Arts, and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums provides these opportunities to the community for free.