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“Utah 2013: Mixed Media & Works on Paper” at Rio Gallery – 8 Oct 2013

Utah Arts & Museums will host its annual statewide exhibition “Utah 2013: Mixed Media & Works on Paper” at the Rio Gallery (Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City) October 18 – November 22, 2013 with a public reception on Friday, October 18 from 6-9 p.m.

“This year, Utah Arts & Museums received more than 400 works from 210 artists,” noted Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Of those, our two guest jurors chose 84 pieces by 57 artists. We’re always impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions, and we’d like to thank all the artists who submitted their work.”

This year’s jurors were Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Simon Zalkind, an independent curator based in Denver, Colorado. The jurors chose six artists to receive cash awards along with two honorable mentions. The winners will be announced at the reception on October 18. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and exhibition catalogs are available at no charge.

“Artists who live and work in Utah accept their relative isolation from the major urban centers where the contemporary art world buzzes and thrives. This can be, as the works in this exhibition demonstrate, a good thing,” said Zalkind. “The artists whose work I had the pleasure to encounter don’t appear to acknowledge any urgency to conform to a particular market’s expectations, but rather have evolved within themselves, incorporating the assumptions of international modernism but also developing wonderfully original and eccentric voices.”

Becker added, “It is true that some artwork in this exhibition, as in the broader world today, is focused on aesthetic pleasure and poetic experience, while other works are motivated by revealing social and political realities that might otherwise remain mute — and it is this hybrid understanding of art in its complexity that guided our selection as jurors.”

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, Video & Digital works; 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.

2015 Competition

“Craft, Photography & Video/Digital”

Exhibition: November 20, 2015 – January 8, 2016

Entry dates: October 21 and 22, 2015

You must pre-register online prior to drop-off. Online registration is open September 21 – October 20, 2015 here.

 2015 guidelines will be posted soon. Review past guidelines here.


Past Exhibition Catalogs:

SWA 2014

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2012 Statewide Annual Competition Catalog

2011 Statewide Annual Catalog

2010 Statewide Annual Catalog

Questions?

Contact Felicia Baca at fbaca@utah.gov or 801.245.7272

Statewide Annual Visual Arts Competition Call for Entries – 3 Sept 2013

Artworks in Mixed Media & Works on Paper Are Eligible

Utah Arts & Museums announces the call for submissions to the “Utah 2013: Mixed Media & Works on Paper” competition and exhibition. Submissions for this annual statewide competition will be received at the Rio Gallery at the Rio Grande Depot (300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101) on Thursday and Friday, September 19 and 20, 2013 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Digital submissions are available for artists who live a great distance from the gallery or who are submitting large works that are difficult to transport.

“The Statewide Annual theme rotates each year between mixed media and works on paper; craft and photography; and painting and sculpture,” noted Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “It’s a terrific opportunity for artists to gain exposure for their work.”

All artists age 18 and older working in mixed media and works on paper are encouraged to apply. “Mixed media” works consist of any two- or three-dimensional work where two or more media are used. “Works on paper” refers to printmaking, drawing, and pastel on paper. Please note that traditional photography on paper should be submitted to the “Craft & Photography” competition, and paintings on paper should be submitted to the “Painting & Sculpture” competition.

The artwork will be juried by two esteemed arts professionals: Lisa Tamiris Becker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Simon Zalkind of Denver, Colorado. Those juried into the exhibition will have their work on display at the Rio Gallery from October 18 – November 22, 2013. The jurors will award six artists who show excellence in their media with $500. All inquiries concerning the competition and exhibition should be made to Visual Arts Manager Laura Durham, 801.245.7270 or ldurham@utah.gov. Artists must register online to participate in the exhibition. The registration form, full bios of the jurors, and other information can be found at www.statewideannual.org.