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Statewide Annual Competition

"Pioneer Trail" by Mark England, Painting & Sculpture 2011

“Pioneer Trail” by Mark England, Painting & Sculpture 2011

The Statewide Annual theme rotates between Mixed Media & Works on Paper, Craft & Photography and Painting & Sculpture. Works are chosen for display by two out-of-state artists or arts professionals who travel to the Rio Gallery to jury the exhibition in person. A $1,000 best in show award is given, as well as six $600 jurors’ awards. Jurors also select two honorable mentions.

The Statewide Annual Competition is shown at the Rio Gallery.

2014 Competition

“Painting & Sculpture”

Exhibition: November 21, 2014 – January 9, 2015

Entry dates: October 22 and 23, 2014

You must pre-register online prior to drop-off. Online registration is open September 22 – October 21, 2014 here.

 Be sure to download the guidelines prior to registering for the competition to ensure you understand all our rules and regulations. Please print the last page, which has identification tags to fill out and place on the back of your submissions.

2014 Jurors:

Maria Porges

Maria Porges

Maria PorgesSan Francisco, CA  Maria Porges is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late 80s. She received a SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. For more than two decades, her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, The New York Times Book Review, and a host of other now-defunct art magazines. She has also authored essays for more than 80 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours. Porges is an associate professor at California College of the Arts in the graduate program in fine arts. She is represented by Tayloe Piggott Gallery.


Carla Bengtson

Carla Bengtson

Carla Bengtson, Eugene, OR  Carla Bengtson is an associate professor in the department of art as well as an associate member of the environmental studies program at the University of Oregon. Previous to coming to the UO in 1995, she taught at Yale University, Connecticut College, Wesleyan University, and was head curator of the John Slade Ely Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven, Connecticut. She holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Yale School of Art, and was a two-time participant in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. She has received numerous awards and grants, including an NEA Individual Grant for Artists, and is represented in multiple public and private collections.

Past Exhibition Catalogs:

SWA 2014


2012 Statewide Annual Competition Catalog

2011 Statewide Annual Catalog

2010 Statewide Annual Catalog


Contact Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272