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Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Designers for Competition & Exhibition

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums announces the call for entries for DesignArts Utah ’15, a juried exhibition highlighting the work of professional and student designers in any design field currently living in Utah. Randy J. Hunt, Creative Director with Etsy is this year’s juror. All entries for must be submitted by July 10, 2015.

This exhibition of selected designs runs Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 through Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at the Rio Gallery located at 300 South Rio Grande (455 West) in Salt Lake City. A celebratory reception, in conjunction with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, will be between 6-9 pm on Oct.16, 2015. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 recognition and thank you award for the achievement and contribution to Utah.

 
The juror, Rand J. Hunt, is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Etsy is a global commerce platform empowering independent creative business in nearly every country in the world. In 2013, Etsy enabled over $1.3 billion dollars in sales by the Etsy community. Etsy was honored with the National Design Award in 2014. 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. Hunt co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Previously, he founded Citizen Scholar Inc. and worked at Milton Glaser Inc. and Number 17. He writes and lectures about design and has been a visiting designer and critic at many colleges and universities. Hunt received his MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

DesignArts annual exhibitions feature selections of designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Designers may submit produced work or conceptual, pre-production documentation. All Utah designers, including those in the fields of architecture (landscape or structural and community planning and design (urban and rural); as well as those in brand/packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theatre or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields; are invited to participate. Entries may be submitted online or via CD/DVD to the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Design Arts Program, 300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015.

 
Further information, including entry forms and instructions, is available online at visualarts.utah.gov. If you

have questions about the DesignArts Utah ’15 entries, or the exhibition, contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or at 801.245.7271.