The Cause 

The barrier to entry into the art world is so high that it stifles the true creative potential of our communities. We forgot that art is an essential tool for ALL of us to make sense of the world… not just the people who can make it past the curation process.

The Program

We invite visual artists to bring up to TWO pieces of their work to come and compete for a spot in the Gallery. But we’re not ALL about competition. In fact, we encourage artists to think of Connect as a testing ground for the real art world — where you can learn how to accept success & defeat gracefully and push yourselves to interact with other creative people. Be sure to bring your easels!

The Events

Connect @ Urban Arts Gallery // 2nd Friday, 6:30-9pm // 116 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Connect @ Draw Inc. Gallery // 4th Friday, 6:30-9pm // 752 6th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Connect @ The Arts at Marks Garage // 2nd Saturday, 2-5pm // 1159 Nuuanu Ave. Honolulu, HI 96817


The Discussion

Visit the Connect Vlog, hosted by Connect Founder Michael Christensen. Be warned! It’s very “bohemian.” Go to the Connect Vlog!

Connect Stats

Connect: has served approximately 1,200 artists since its creation in 2010 // has awarded $20,000 in grant money to emerging artists, since 2010 // serves diverse demographics, including underserved populations such as veterans, troubled youth, LGBTQ, and the elderly // on average, 50% of exhibiting artists have never exhibited art publically prior to Connect