Design 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, theater or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields are invited to participate. Information and the catalogue for most of our past design exhibitions are listed below.
The Design Community in Utah is vital and growing. Following are some of the design organizations, some of which we partner with, in Utah:
Design Arts Exhibitions
View a gallery of past projects chosen for exhibition:
Juror: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program and the Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institute College of Art.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.