The visual arts are alive and well at Utah State University. Attracting attention in the Twain Tippetts Gallery is an exhibition by top students in USU's art department. It contains drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography. A second exhibit featuring commercial artworks (advertising, illustration and graphic design) will be shown later in April.

Photographs by R.T. Clark continue to be displayed in Caine Gallery of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. This exhibit runs through April 9. Focusing on Clark's "love affair with the outdoors," it includes approximately 30 images of Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Alaska. Clark has been a USU faculty member since 1963.Featured through April 18 at the museum is a national touring ceramics show by members of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Included is work by three local artists - Susan Harris, Gordon Andrus and John Neely. NCECA president Jerome Horning said that this exhibition "is an interesting and varied show of exceptional ceramic art." The pieces selected for this show represent a broad range of techniques currently popular in ceramics.

The museum is also spotlighting recent acquisitions to the permanent collection. Museum director and curator Peter Briggs noted that over the past two years, there has been a significant increase in acquisitions at the museum. He said some of the important gains in the collection are paintings, and these have come through the support of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation. Two of the larger works are Gordon Onslow-Ford's "Beanstalk" and Irving Norman's "Blind Momentum."

- The theme for Native American Week this year at Southern Utah State College is "Native American Culture in Visual Arts." Most of the activities are scheduled for the week of April 10-15. They include guest speakers, video presentations, art displays and a contest powwow.

These activities are planned to increase the understanding and appreciation of Native American culture, particularly in the visual arts. All activities with the exception of the powwow are free. For details, call 586-7772.

- Several months ago, the Second International Photography Art Exhibition opened in Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. Only 400 photographs from 6,745 entries from five continents and 62 countries and regions were included in the show. Only 13 entries by photographers from the United States were accepted. Two of them were by Utahn William L. Duncan and one by Utahn Richard G. Thayne.

- Lectures, art classes, workshops, etc.

April 2, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts - Gallery talk by Frank Sanguinetti on "Soviet Art from the Academy."

April 3, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Utah State University - Visiting artist's lecture featuring painter Phyllis Bramson. On April 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Bramson will work on ceramic sculpture in FAV 123.

April 5, 7 p.m., Salt Lake County Building, Room S1010, 2100 S. State - Painting demonstration by Mary Lou Romney, sponsored by Utah Watercolor Society.

April 13, 8 p.m., Smith Lecture Hall, Weber State College - Lecture by Marcia Tucker, director of New Museum New York, on "Out of Bounds: Radical Art Making at the End of the 20th Century."

April 15, 2 p.m., Pierpont Gallery, 149 W. Pierpont, 363-4141 - Talk by Silvia Lis Davis in conjunction with her sculpture exhibit at the gallery.

April 16, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts - Gallery talk by June Orme on "18th and 19th Century American Art in the Museum Collection."

April 21 and 22, Senior Citizens Center. Watercolor workshop for intermediate and advanced students, taught by Karen Christensen. Call 571-2886.

April 22, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah - One-day symposium titled "Views from Afar," Pre-Columbian art of Mexico and Central America in the UMFA collection. Free and open to the public. Box lunches ($6.50 each) available by advance reservation (no later than April 7). For details, call 581-3580.

April 23, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts - Gallery talk by Pat Eddington on "The Salt Lake City School District Juried Exhibition."

April 24, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Utah State University - Visiting artist's lecture by Irving Norman.