Visiting artist Robert Dawson will display his photography from Tuesday, May 7, through June 9 in the NEH Museum, Utah State University, Logan. While at USU, he will also present two slide lectures on Monday, May 6 (see below).

Theme for this year's Visiting Artist Series is "Acculturation of the Landscape." Dawson says that he is particularly interested in "a personal search for understanding our relationship to the landscape through the creative process." He said he is "interested in photography's ability to shape public concerns for the environment."- Anna Campbell Bliss, Utah artist and architect, will present a lecture/demonstration "Modern Art and Computer Technology" tonight (May 5) at 7:30 in the Auditorium of the State Office Building (behind the Capitol). She will also discuss "Windows," her mural recently installed at the State Office Building. It has been nominated for the Computer World Smithsonian Award, the Oscar of the computer industry. This free event is part of the Madeleine Festival.

- Dolores Chase's "Gallery Cafe" is now open. Chase got the idea for her cafe from a recent trip to Italy where she often enjoyed a quick expresso and pastry while looking out on the vistas of Rome and Florence. Upon her return, she purchased a red-and-chrome Italian expresso machine.

"I hope the gallery cafe will add to the ambience of the cityscape like it has done in major cities around the world," Chase said. "It's been a dream of mine for many years, and I think Salt Lake is ready for it."

Light lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; beverages and desserts, from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. Chase invites anyone to stop by and enjoy both palatable food and art.

The gallery is at 260 S. 200 West in downtown Salt Lake City. New gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery and cafe are closed on Sunday.

- Ukhozi African Arts, a new gallery featuring African Arts, will host a trade bead show on the 3rd level of Crossroads Plaza on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. More than 10,000 African and North American trade beads will be displayed. A trade bead expert will be on hand to answer questions. For details, call 537-1516.

- Recipients of purchase awards at Springville Museum of Art's 67th Annual Utah Spring Salon were announced recently at a meeting of the art association members. Acquired for the museum's permanent collection are Harold Peterson's watercolor "Dan's Is Now Open Across the Street," Farrell Collett's oil "Winter Sortie," Ken Baxter's oil "Sheds Near Herriman, Utah 1991" and Korry Bird's bronze sculpture "March Hare." The exhibit continues at the museum through May 26.

- Winners of the 1991 Davis County High School Competition were announced at an opening reception on April 26. Kevin Tolman of Clearfield High School won best of show for his self portrait. First-place winners in each category are Randy Yellow (drawing), Brett Thomas (watercolor), Scot Olsen (oil painting and ceramics), Danielle West (mixed media) and Amy Stout (photography). Two dozen other students won honorable mentions. The exhibit continues through Friday, May 24, at BDAC, 2175 S. Main (292-0367).

- Lectures, workshops, classes.

Monday, May 6, 2-4 p.m., Photo Critique Room, FAV 113, USU - Slide lecture/seminar by Robert Dawson on "Social Issues in Contemporary Photography." At 7 p.m. in the Morris Auditorium, FAV 150, he will present a slide lecture of his work.

Tuesday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salt Lake Community College - Arts forum focusing on music, literature and drama by women. Art exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Oak Room. For details, call Sarah Smith, 967-4518.

Tuesday, May 7, 2-4 p.m., NEH Museum of Art, USU - Gallery talk by Dawson about his photography exhibition.

Wednesday, May 8, noon, Salt Lake Art Center - Art-lunch tour by David Pendell. He will discuss the Darin Biniaz installation.

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center - "The Sublime and Anxious Eye: Mythical Religious Imagery," sixth in the film series "Shock of the New."

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to noon, Inkley's, 1984 S. State - Lecture and demonstration on large format techniques by Ronald Wisner.

Wednesday, May 15, noon, Salt Lake Art Center - Art-lunch tour by Joe Marotta. He will discuss the Darin Biniaz installation.

Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m., Parry Choral Room, Browning Center, WSU, Ogden (626-6762) - Lecture by Buster Simpson, one of America's most prominent activist artists.

Thursday, May 16, Three-day watercolor workshop in Zion Canyon with Osral Allred. Call 649-8882 at Kimball Art Center.