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Fred E. Wright

Fred (Eugene) Wright was born in San Francisco in 1939. He has retired from teaching Art at the University of Utah and is a documentary photographer. He lives in Salt Lake City.

Wright worked in a variety of professions: as a private investigator, a mountain guide, a paralegal, and an instructor, before becoming a photographer in 1975.

As director of photography for the Salt Lake Art Center, Wright and his colleague, John Schaefer, who was director of photography workshops at the Salt Lake Art Center, were accredited by the National Conventions Committee to record events in the state government race. The Library of Congress accepted their photographs in the Masters of Photography section.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Fred (Eugene) Wright (1939-) After graduating in 1957 from high school in school in Burbank, California, Wright became a private eye in Hollywood for Howard Hughes. He also became a mountain guide in the Grand Tetons; a paralegal for a Jackson, Wyoming; attorney;  a manager of a Jackson Hole credit bureau; a controller for a Jackson hospital; a carpenter in Jackson for two years and in Salt Lake City for eight years; an assistant director and chief instructor of the Colorado Outwardbound School in Denver; and a member of the ski patrol at Alta, Utah. Then, in 1975, Fred Wright became a professional photographer. In 1976, his published work was selected by the Utah Press Association as best photographic series for that year. He is a present-day documentary photographer who has been artist-in-residence for the Utah Arts Council. A Salt Lake Art Center faculty member for a number of years, Wright taught basic photography there, while he has also been a co director of the Salt Lake City Polaroid Children's Workshops. Now, he is doing wonderful work on the faculty of the University of Utah. Professor Wright was recently awarded two substantial grants to do further research to expand the boundaries of photography, sculpture, and computing technology.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"7 New Art Shows At U. Offer A Visual Feast." The Deseret News, January 12, 1992.

"27th Annual Springville High School Art Show." The Deseret News, March 12, 2000.

"Annual Workshop on Color Slides is Saturday at Art Barn." The Deseret News, January 26, 1997.

"Art Briefs." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 1, 2004.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, January 14, 2001.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, December 19, 1993.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, January 27, 1991.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, January 3, 1993.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, July 29, 1990.

"Artworks That Are Hot and Cool Are Just Right For Area Galleries." The Deseret News, October 10, 1993.

"City Arts Council Sets Workshop, Meeting for Artists." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 27, 1991.

"Color Slide Workshop is Saturday." The Deseret News, January 29, 2003.

"Cream of the Crop." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 12, 2000.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, December 31, 1995.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, July 31, 1994.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, September 26, 1993.

"In The Limelight." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 20, 1992.

"Long-Shot Art Form Shoots Ahead." The Deseret News, August 19, 1990.

"Photos for the Ethical Treatment of… Ethics." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 20, 1999.

"Photo Utah Celebrate Its Tenth Year At the Tribune Festival Photo Utah Lecture Covers Wide Range of Topics for Camera Buffs."The Salt Lake Tribune, February 27, 1992.

"Showing at Local Galleries." T he Deseret News, May 23, 1999.

"What's Coming: Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 26, 1995.

"U Instructors Strut Their Artistic Stuff." The Deseret News, November 2, 1997.


Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.


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