With Utah's dismal per-pupil spending (Woo-hoo, we're Number Last!) and too many short-sighted school administrators, art education is in the pits.

Fortunately, many of the museums in the state reach out to kids and families through various programs.

One of the best is the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art's Art Truck that hauls real artists out to win the hearts and minds of Utah kids—and, we hope, a few adults.

Nationally known artist Meridith Pingree is the newest featured artist for the 2014-2015 school year. Pingree is a Bountiful native and University of Utah graduate who got her masters of art from the Rhode Island School of Design. Pingree, who is based in Brooklyn, explores "patterns of human behavior through sculptures and geometric works that react to viewers' movement." 

"Meridith's exhibit shows that art is relevant to students' lives," says Elly Baldwin, UMOCA's Educator and Art Truck driver. "The tour will use pattern as a jumping-off point to explore how people interact with and are influenced by math, science, and technology."

You can meet Pingree and Baldwin at an opening reception Aug. 29 at 7-9 p.m. While you are there check out Matthew Allred: Clinamen and Robert Smithson's Hotel Palenque and watch Between Panels: Collaborative Exquisite Corpse Drawing Experience sponsored by Comic Con Art event.

If you'd like to get the Art Truck in your neighborhood, contact Baldwin at elly.baldwin@utahmoca.org, 801-328-4201.