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Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. We strive to help the citizens of Utah see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us.


DesignArts Utah ’16

Submissions are now closed. Our juror is reviewing all of the submissions.

The exhibition runs September 9, 2016 – October 21, 2016. The exhibition closing reception and celebration is October 21, 2016 from 6-9 pm and will coincide with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City.

The Designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award and our partner, Salt Lake Design Week will be sponsoring two $500 student category Juror’s Awards. Copies of the exhibition catalogue will be provided to all designers included in the exhibition.

We are excited to partner, once again, with Craft Lake City to celebrate Utah designers. their designs and contributions to our quality of life and economic development in Utah!

Catalogues from past years’ exhibitions are available below

The juror for DesignArts Utah ’16 is James Childress, Chair of the AIA Committee on Design

ChildressA  frequent lecturer on architecture, Centerbrook Partner, Jim Childress is well travelled due to his work and to grown children who are scattered around the world. What he learns from these international sojourns informs not only his architecture but also the garden he is nurturing and expanding with his wife, Ann Thompson. He has balanced his adventurous wayfaring with solid commitments at home, where he is well invested in his local community, serving on planning and zoning commissions, the school board, and as a library volunteer.

Jim 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.
Jim’s portfolio encompasses houses, independent school, colleges and universities, laboratories, churches, museums, and corporate interiors. He is especially proud of his work over the past 30 years for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he has completed 15 projects for this world-renowned center for molecular biology research, among them laboratories, a library, auditorium, dining hall, housing, child care center, chiller plant, development offices, and a DNA learning center.

He was the architect for notable projects in the West, including three projects at the University of Colorado: a LEED Gold Wolf Law School and the LEED Platinum Center for Community, and a medical library on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Other design credits include: a new headquarters and renovations to the Noble Hotel for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming; a math and science building and community center for the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Missouri; and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, a new nonprofit research institute for genomics-based medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.

Jim’s 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. In 2015,


The Design Community in Utah is vital and growing.  Following are some of the design organizations, some of which we partner with, in Utah:

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AIGA Salt Lake City
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week

Design Arts Exhibitions

View a gallery of past projects chosen for exhibition:


Juror: Randy J. Hunt, is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship.

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Juror: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program and the Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institute College of Art.

DA 2014 Catalog

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Juror: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning   

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Juror: David Revere McFadden from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, New York 8 Utah designers’ 11 designs were selected for exhibition from 28 Utah designers’ 55 submitted projects.

Design Arts 2012 Logo

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Juror: Stuart Karten, director of Stuart Karten Design, Los Angeles, California. 8 Utah designers were selected for exhibition of their 13 designs from the 31 designs submitted.

Design Arts Utah 2011 Catalog

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Juror: Budd Steinhilber, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Steinhilber for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 22 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2010 Catalog Click to view the full catalog


Juror: Reed Kroloff, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 9 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Kroloff for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 22 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2009 Catalog


Juror: Jennifer Morla, award winning designer and creative director of Design Within Reach 20 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Morla for exhibition from the 97 designs submitted by 37 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2008 CatalogClick to view the full catalog


Juror: Tucker Viemeister, VP Creative with Studio Red at Rockwell Group 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Viemeister for exhibition from the 47 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2007 Catalog


Juror: Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine based in New York City 15 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Szenasy for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 36 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2006 Catalog


Juror: Joseph Rosa, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Rosa for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 21 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2005 Catalog


Juror: Anne Van Ingen, director of architecture, planning and design program and capital projects for the New York State Council on the Arts in New York, New York

8 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Van Ingen for exhibition from the 27 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2004 Catalog


Juror: Buff Kavelman, director of the Smithsonian National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York 9 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Kavelman for exhibition from the 35 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2003 Catalog


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