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Design Arts Utah logoDesign is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. We strive to help the citizens of Utah see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us.

Design Arts Utah sponsors and mounts an annual exhibition. This exhibition features work submitted by Utah designers that have been selected by a juror prominent in the design field. Each year’s exhibition displays designs, prototypes, and produced samples by some of the best in Utah’s various design fields.

Designers may submit produced work or conceptual, pre-production documentation. All Utah designers, including those in the fields of architecture (landscape or structural and community planning and design (urban and rural); as well as those in brand/packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theatre or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields are invited to participate. Past design exhibitions have featured the work of architects, landscape architects, industrial designers, furniture, fashion, commuter jets, automobiles, stage set design, mobility designs for physically challenged, books, graphic design, textiles, environmental, etc.

DesignArts ’14 Call for Designs – Deadline: June 27, 2014

Utah Arts & Museums is honored to host the annual salute and celebration of the design arts in Utah by hosting DesignArts ’14, a juried exhibition highlighting the work of Utah designers in both professional and student categories, working in any design field and currently living in Utah. The exhibition will run from August 29 through October 17, 2014 at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City.

Designers may submit designs for review by the juror via CD/DVD with the entry form or online.


The juror for DesignArts ’14 is Ellen Lupton, the senior curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Lupton also serves as director of the graphic design MFA program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking and Graphic Design: The New Basics.

The Design Arts Program is excited to host the exhibition in tandem with Salt Lake Design Week, a yearly Salt Lake City celebration of design, October 13 – 18, 2014. As part of Salt Lake Design Week, we will host a Salt Lake Gallery Stroll DesignArts ’14 closing reception for the public, designers, friends and family on October 17, 2014.

For more information, contact Jim Glenn via email or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca via email or 801.245.7272.

Design Arts Exhibitions

View a gallery of past projects chosen for exhibition:


Juror: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning 



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Juror: David Revere McFadden from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, New York

8 Utah designers’ 11 designs were selected for exhibition from 28 Utah designers’ 55 submitted projects.

Design Arts 2012 Logo

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Juror: Stuart Karten, director of Stuart Karten Design, Los Angeles, California.

8 Utah designers were selected for exhibition of their 13 designs from the 31 designs submitted.

Design Arts Utah 2011 Catalog

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Juror: Budd Steinhilber, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum

15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Steinhilber for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 22 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2010 Catalog Click to view the full catalog


Juror: Reed Kroloff, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum

9 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Kroloff for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 22 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2009 Catalog


Juror: Jennifer Morla, award winning designer and creative director of Design Within Reach

20 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Morla for exhibition from the 97 designs submitted by 37 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2008 CatalogClick to view the full catalog


Juror: Tucker Viemeister, VP Creative with Studio Red at Rockwell Group

15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Viemeister for exhibition from the 47 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2007 Catalog


Juror: Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine based in New York City

15 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Szenasy for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 36 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2006 Catalog


Juror: Joseph Rosa, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

10 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Rosa for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 21 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2005 Catalog


Juror: Anne Van Ingen, director of architecture, planning and design program and capital projects for the New York State Council on the Arts in New York, New York

8 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Van Ingen for exhibition from the 27 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2004 Catalog


Juror: Buff Kavelman, director of the Smithsonian National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York

9 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Kavelman for exhibition from the 35 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2003 Catalog


Jim Glenn at 801.245.7271
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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