Visual arts competitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to artists across the state of Utah. Registration is currently open for “Utah ’14: Painting & Sculpture”. All artists age 18 and older are welcome to submit one or two pieces that fit within the categories of painting and sculpture. Beginning this year, the sculpture category includes installation art. Applicants must register online by October 21. Artwork should be dropped off at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM on October 22 & 23. Those juried into the exhibition will have their work displayed at the Rio Gallery November 21, 2014 to January 9, 2015 with a public reception on Friday, November 21 from 6-9pm during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. “This competition and exhibition is an excellent representation of the exciting work Utah artists continue to produce,” says Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey, “It is highly anticipated each year and we look forward to discovering the diverse themes and concepts that Utah artists choose to explore.”
This year’s jurors are Maria Porges of Oakland, California and Carla Bengtson of Eugene, Oregon. Porges is an artist and writer whose work has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late 1980’s. She received a SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. For more than two decades, her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, The New York Times Book Review, and a host of other now-defunct art magazines.
Carla Bengtson is an associate professor in the department of art as well as an associate member of the environmental studies program at the University of Oregon. Previous to coming to the U of O in 1995, she taught at Yale University, Connecticut College, Wesleyan University, and was head curator of the John Slade Ely Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven, Connecticut. She holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Yale School of Art, and was a two-time participant in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.
Cash awards will be given to artists exhibiting exceptional work. New this year, a $1,000 “Best in Show” will be given, as well as increases to the six Juror’s Awards, now $600 each. Guidelines and registration can be found at statewideannual.org or by calling 801.245.7272.