The Utah Division of Arts and Museums is pleased to inaugurate the Alice Merrill Horne Legislative Champion Award. This award acknowledges elected officials who initiate legislation to ensure Utah’s arts, culture, and heritage can thrive and grow. Alice Merrill Horne was our first legislative champion. In 1899, she sponsored the bill creating the first state arts agency in the nation.
This year, we’re honoring two individuals who have gone above and beyond to support arts and museums.
During the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Brad Wilson took the initiative to assist school districts across the state in caring for and providing a path to keep works of art purchased by the public in the public domain.
Also during the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Patrice Arent sponsored HB180 – Art Collection Committee Amendments, which fully acknowledged our first legislative champion, Alice Merrill Horne. Thanks to Rep. Arent, our state art collection is now officially known as the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection.
Floral paintings as a personal expression of femininity will be the focus of a new exhibition at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City.
Florescentia: Works by Emily Fox King will open March 9th and run through May 4th. Continue reading
Four artists celebrate their connections with the plants they raise as well as their own family connections in a new exhibition at the Rio Gallery. Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY — Artists or artist teams are encouraged to submit letters of interest and qualifications for the creation of public art for the newly expanded Archives facility in Salt Lake City. Continue reading
House Bill 180 would officially designate the collection as the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. Currently, the name is the Utah State Alice Art Collection. The change would also apply to the state-owned Alice Gallery. Continue reading
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums will award two $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowships to acknowledge and encourage the careers of professional artists who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication. Applications opened Jan. 1, 2018 and are due Feb. 1, 2018. Continue reading
The landscape portraits of George Beard, a pioneer of early glass-plate photography, will be on display beginning Jan. 19 at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City. Continue reading
The impact of having art in a home, as well as its capacity to inspire and enrich the lives of those who view, is the the focus of a new exhibit featuring 14 artists at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. Continue reading
Artists or artist teams are encouraged to submit letters of interest and qualifications for public art projects at future Utah state liquor stores in Herriman and Syracuse. Continue reading
Utah high school students are encouraged to enter the annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Competition for a chance to win up to a $5,000 scholarship and have the artwork shown in the Utah State Capitol.
The competition is open all Utah students in grades 9-12,including those attending a private, parochial, charter, or home school. The competition is sponsored by Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.
This year’s theme is “The People of Utah,” and all artworks must include at least one human figure. Most visual arts medium are accepted except for photography or 3D.
The winning artist will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Other scholarship awards include $3,000, $1,000, seven at $500, and 15 at $300. Awards will be given during Arts Day on the Hill, Monday, February 5, 2018.
Entries are due by Dec. 15, 2017. For complete guidelines and to submit an entry, visit our submission page.