SALT LAKE CITY—Utah Arts & Museums will host its annual statewide exhibition Utah 2015: Photography, Craft, Video & Digital Works at the Rio Gallery Nov. 20, 2015 – Jan. 8, 2016 with a public reception on Friday, Nov. 20, from 6-9 PM where the Division will acknowledge the Best in Show, Jurors’ Award Winners and Honorable Mentions. Visual arts competitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to artists across the state of Utah.
Visual Arts Program Manager Felicia Baca said, “As we open Statewide Annual ‘15, we also celebrate 116 years of juried exhibitions and competition opportunities from Utah Arts & Museums. As the first state-funded arts council in the nation, whose core is founded on exhibition making, collections, and education, our history is one that Utah has much to be proud of. In recent years we have seen a record number of entries for Statewide Annual, as well increased diversity in the media submitted. This is an exciting signifier about the community of artists living and working across the state.”
The Division was pleased to see entries come from 48 cities across Utah with over 400 works of art from 212 artists. Of those, 56 works were selected.
Juror Kate Bonansinga states, “The variety of works is not to be underestimated. Some honor tradition. Others push tradition forward to a new place entirely. But all of them share an attention to craft and to composition. We valued all of these traits as we decided which works to exhibit and which ones to confer with awards. The result is an exhibition of contemporary art that both the State of Utah and the participating artists can be proud of.”
Juror Joshua Chuang noted, “I was pleased to spend time with such a vibrant diversity of works, the best of which exhibit not only great technical ability but also a distinct and compelling sensibility… Since I am a relative newcomer to the Southwest, I was delighted to see such imaginative, accomplished, and urgent works of art being created in the state of Utah.”
Admission is free and exhibition catalogs are available at no charge.