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New Visual Arts Scholarship Competition for Grades 9-12 – 4 Sep 2014

Utah Arts & Museums — in conjunction with the generous support of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, the Utah State Senate, and the Utah Educational Savings Plan — is pleased to announce a visual arts scholarship competition for Utah students.

All Utah students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. The competition is sponsored by President Niederhauser and the Utah Senate in an effort to challenge Utah students to express their creativity. The Utah Senate will reward outstanding students with scholarships to support their college and career goals. The Utah State Capitol building is the subject from which students will draw inspiration.

The competition is administered by Utah Arts & Museums and welcomes two-dimensional, original visual art images of the exterior of the Utah State Capitol building and/or architectural features of the building. The following media are eligible: oil, pen and ink, watercolor, printmaking, graphic design, and digital drawing. Scholarship funds will be deposited into a new or existing Utah Educational Savings Plan account in the name of the student. The scholarship award categories are: 1st place — $5,000; 2nd place — $3,000; 3rd place — $1,000; 4-10th places — $500; and 11-25th places — $300.  Entries are due November 14, 2014 and will be judged December 1-12, 2014. Each school district will determine which students advance to the state competition.

“In many ways, Utah is a light to the nation,” said President Niederhauser. “Our Capitol building, which is nearly 100 years old, reflects that light. It stands as a remarkable monument to the dreams of our founders, as well as the success of our working democratic republic. I want to highlight this great symbol and feature Utah’s bright and talented students by encouraging them to portray the Capitol through art.”

“We’re delighted to be part of this endeavor to nurture the creativity of Utah students,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “The Utah State Capitol is a beautiful building and a fitting subject for this competition.”

Winners will be announced in January and scholarships awarded during the 2015 legislative session. The top 25 entries will be on exhibition in the Utah State Capitol Building. The first- place entry will become the property of the Senate and be exhibited in the Senate suite. All other work will be returned to students at the end of the 2015 legislative session.

The guidelines can be found here. For more information, please contact Jean Tokuda Irwin at 801.245.7288 or