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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 ’16:
Mixed Media & Works on Paper
November 18, 2016 – January 13, 2017 Rio Gallery

Online registration will be open September 19 – October 18.
In person delivery for works will take place October 19 & 20 at 310 S. 500 W. from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Read guidelines for complete details.



2016 Jurors

CARMEL BUCKLEY, Professor, Department of Art, The Ohio State University-Columbus, OH
Born in Derby, England, Carmel Buckley, Associate Professor, Department of Art, The Ohio State University, received a bachelor of arts in sculpture from Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic (United Kingdom) in 1978 and continued her studies at the Escuela de Bellas Artes of Madrid University from 1979-80 and the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City from 1983-84, on a Mexican Government Scholarship. She earned a master of fine arts in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts, New York as a Fulbright Fellow in 1988. She has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Art Sculpture Award and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In 1994 she had a solo exhibition at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH. Recent solo exhibitions include The Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (2009), Clay Street Press, Cincinnati, OH (2011), and The Center for Recent Drawing, London, England (2012). Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England (2005); at Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (2006); at E:vent Gallery, London, England (2009), Sculpture Key West, Key West, FL (2011). Forthcoming exhibitions include a two-person show at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England in 2016/2017.


JIM ROBISCHON-Owner and Director, Robischon Gallery-Denver, CO
Jim Robischon is the owner and director of Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO. He has been an art dealer and gallery owner in Denver, Colorado, for over forty years. Hundreds of exhibits have been mounted over these four decades, including solo shows for historically important artists such as Christo, Judy Pfaff, Ann Hamilton, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Bernar Venet and Manuel Neri. Robischon’s gallery program includes international, national, and regional artists as well, along with a continuing mission to present both emerging and mid-career artists in order to highlight and emphasize the broader artistic discourse. In the early 1990’s Robischon founded Denver’s Lower Downtown Arts District, The Denver Gallery Guide, The Denver Art Dealers Association and the city’s First Friday’s gallery art events. In 1996, Robischon was selected as one of only three American dealers to represent works from the Estate of Robert Motherwell. He has raised significant funds for acquisitions for the Modern & Contemporary Art Department of the Denver Art Museum over the years, including for artwork on long term loan for the White House in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. Robischon was among the first in the U.S. to produce in-depth shows on the important Chinese Contemporary art movement of the early 2000’s. While attentive to global art dialogues, the gallery also continues its commitment to Colorado and regional artists. Jim Robischon, along with his partner and spouse, curator Jennifer Doran, consistently receive “best of” awards for the gallery’s exhibitions – each show composed more from a museum-like stance than that of a commercially driven venue. It also takes its role as a professional gallery seriously, as much effort is put forth in attainting income for the gallery’s represented and affiliated artists. Toward that end, work by Robischon Gallery artists are also exposed to national and international curators and collectors through the gallery’s ongoing participation in art fairs, as it has since the early 1990’s.

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