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Statewide Competition Seeks Craft Artists, Photographers, and Artists Working in Video/Digital Media – 17 Sept 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Division of Arts & Museums will accept submissions for the Statewide Annual exhibition and competition, Utah ’15: Craft, Photography & Video/Digital Works. All artists age 18 and older may submit up to two works within these media categories.

Online registration is open Sept. 21 – Oct. 20, 2015. Artwork should be dropped off at the Rio Gallery from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 21 & 22. Those juried into the exhibition will have their work displayed at the Rio Gallery located in the Rio Grande Depot (300 S. 455 W. Salt Lake City) Nov. 20, 2015 to Jan. 8, 2016 with a public reception on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6-9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

This year’s jurors are Kate Bonansinga of Cincinnati, OH: Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati and Joshua Chuang of Tucson, AZ: Chief Curator for the Center for Creative Photography.
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. Additionally, she curated and authored the exhibition catalogue for Staged Stories: 2009 Renwick Craft Invitational at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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. 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.

Visual arts competitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to artists across the state of Utah. Awards will be given to artists exhibiting exceptional work including a $1,000 “Best in Show” and six Juror’s Awards at $600 each. Guidelines and registration can be found at visualarts.utah.gov or by calling 801.245.7272.