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DesignArts Utah Seeks Entries for its 2016 Annual Exhibition – 23 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is accepting entries for DesignArts Utah ’16, a juried exhibition highlighting the varied work of designers currently living in Utah.

DesignArts annual exhibitions feature selections of designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Designers may submit produced work or conceptual, pre-production documentation. The Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award.

All Utah designers, including those in the fields of architecture, brand/packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theatre or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields are invited to participate. Entries are being accepted online and are due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016.

This year’s juror, James Childress, is the Chairman of the American Institute of Architects, Committee on Design. His work has been recognized with 60 design awards including the American Institute of Architects 1998 Architecture Firm Award. He was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2001. Childress received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 and 1978 respectively. He joined Centerbrook Architects in 1979, becoming a principal in 1992 and a partner in 1996. In 1994 he was selected as one of the decade’s “40 National Architects under 40” by the Architectural League of New York and Interior Magazine.

“It is always inspiring to see the work of Utah’s designers in this annual celebration of design,” Utah Division of Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “Our hope is that all Utahns can recognize how good design brings art to everyday objects and experiences and to realize how it enhances the quality of life in Utah.”

The exhibition will run Sept. 9 through Oct. 21, 2016. A celebratory reception, in conjunction with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, will take place on Oct. 21, 2015, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will at the Rio Gallery, located at 300 S. Rio Grande St. in Salt Lake City. Further information is available at