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Statewide Annual Competition

The Statewide Annual theme rotates between Mixed Media & Works on Paper; Craft, Photography, Video & Digital works; and Painting & Sculpture. Works are chosen for display by two out-of-state artists or arts professionals who travel to the Rio Gallery to jury the exhibition in person. A $1,000 best in show award is given, as well as six $600 jurors’ awards. Jurors also select two honorable mentions.

The Statewide Annual Competition is shown at the Rio Gallery.

Statewide Annual ’15:
Craft, Photography, Video & Digital Works

Please join us for the opening reception on November 20, 6-9pm for Gallery Stroll. 



2015 Jurors

KATE BONANSINGA, Cincinnati, OH, Director, School of Art,
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of CincinnatiBonansinga by Svarzbein 2012 copy
Kate Bonansinga was the founding director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso where she curated dozens of exhibitions, established an undergraduate minor in museum studies, and taught courses in curatorial practice. She is interested in museums as dynamic sites for learning, the impact of art in gallery and non-gallery settings, and in the current methods that artists employ to make a difference in society and culture.  Bonansinga is the author of Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border (University of Texas Press, 2014) and of a chapter in Born of Resistance, edited by Scott L. Baugh and Victor Sorell (University of Arizona Press, publication date to be determined). She curated and authored the exhibition catalogue for Staged Stories: 2009 Renwick Craft Invitational at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Since 2002 Bonansinga has been a national art peer for the General Services Administration’s Art-in-Architecture program. She currently serves as Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati, where she is also associate professor and teaches courses about curatorial practice and theory and about public art.

JOSHUA CHUANG, Tucson, AZ, Chief Curator-Center for Creative PhotogrJoshua Chuang, Assistant Curator of Photographs, Yale University Art Galleryaphy
Joshua Chuang is chief curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. Previously he served as the Richard Benson Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media at the Yale University Art Gallery, where he organized the exhibitions Robert Adams: The Place We LiveFirst Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography; and Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century. He has written and lectured widely on modern and contemporary photography for institutions and publications including Art in AmericaJeu de Paume, Paris; FOAM, Amsterdam; and C/O Berlin. He has also edited and produced more than a dozen artist monographs including volumes on the work of Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, Edward Ranney, Judith Joy Ross, Mark Ruwedel, and Santu Mofokeng.

Past Exhibition Catalogs:

SWA Cover

SWA 2014


2012 Statewide Annual Competition Catalog

2011 Statewide Annual Catalog

2010 Statewide Annual Catalog


Contact Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272