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Spike 150 Grant Opportunities

On May 10th, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Point in Northern Utah.  In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the 1869 Transcontinental Railroad’s completion in Utah, funding for railroad-related projects is now available through the Department of Heritage & Arts.

Three categories of grants are available:

  1. Spike 150 Cultural Celebration Grants – Funding for Utah arts, cultural, history, and humanities-based organizations, and local communities, to plan celebratory events, exhibits, festivals, performances, or programs around the sesquicentennial commemorating event.
    Guidelines  |  Online Application
  2. Railroad Depot Upgrade Grants – Funding for Utah historic railroad depots that serve as museums or visitor information centers in order to enhance the historic appearance and functionality of the railroad depot to support the Anniversary. Preference will be given to projects that contribute to the long-term maintenance and preservation of the historic railroad depot.
    Guidelines Online Application
  3. Local History Grants – Funding for Utah communities and organizations to include Transcontinental Railroad or general railroad history in their 2019 programming. These can include public education activities, exhibits, research, events, and presentations related to the topic of railroads in Utah.
    Guidelines  |  Online Application

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, schools, local historical societies, arts and cultural organizations, museums, libraries, local governments, and others. Topics and subjects related to this event may include, but are not limited to: transportation, travel, industry, technology, infrastructure, innovation, immigrant & labor issues, impact on Indigenous peoples,  environmental issues, globalization, historical figures & stories, related geographic locales,Transcontinental Railroad routes, westward expansion, social & economic impacts, etc.

Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Grant applications are due August 3rd, 2018. Grantees will have between September 1, 2018-September 1, 2019 to complete their project.

For more information, please contact:
Racquel Cornali, 801-236-7541 or
Rachel Cook, 801-715-6722 or
Alena Franco, 801-245-7233 or

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*Please note that July 2nd is the deadline for artist ideas/proposals OR existing artworks.
Artist ideas/proposals are due July 2nd, with completed artworks due March 2019. 

On May 10th, 2019, the State of Utah and the Department of Heritage & Arts will commemorate the 150th anniversary marking the completion of the nation’s First Transcontinental Railroad. The joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads occurred at Promontory Summit, UT in 1869. As part of a host of Spike 150 activities aimed to inspire, educate, and reflect on this legacy, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UA&M), Rio Gallery (located in Salt Lake City), will be facilitating an exhibition March 22–June 14, 2019 on this topic. Funding is provided by the State of Utah, the Department of Heritage & Arts, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and the Spike 150 Commission.

This exhibition will include both invited artists & artists accepted via an open call process, and will include a side-by-side curatorial mentorship with one invited mentee from the community. Artists both curated and selected from the open call, will be paid for participation. Proposals for new work, as well as existing works that relate to the topic, will be accepted. Additionally, funding has been set aside for the acquisition of a limited number of works of art from this exhibition into the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. 

The history of the First Transcontinental Railroad and its legacy in Utah provides ample topics for exploration and representation. Topics and subjects related to this event may include, but are not limited to: transportation, travel, industry, technology, infrastructure, innovation, immigrant and labor issues, impact on Indigenous peoples,  environmental issues, globalization, historical figures & stories, related geographic locales, Transcontinental Railroad routes, westward expansion, social and economic impacts, etc. We welcome any and all aesthetic explorations that relate to the topic.

Join us at the Chase Home Museum for our annual June Jubilee.

We are celebrating traditions of play and games with chalk art, hopscotch, four square and giant lawn games for all to play. You can also learn to make an upcycled jump rope!

Artist Tracy Williams will be set up from 11am to 1pm to teach visitors about Polynesian arts and the traditional symbols on trickster hero Maui’s magical fish hook and help you create your own.

The museum will be open to explore and, as always, admission is FREE!

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities. The Museum offers a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. The Chase Home, built more than 150 years ago in a traditional hall-and-parlor style from adobe bricks, is a fine example of 19th century folk art.

Mondays in the Park Concert Series is a free event out in front of the museum on Monday evenings in July and August. To learn more about the Mondays in the Park summer concert series, click HERE.

Workshops & Temporary Exhibitions

Exhibition on view: Play On!

Explore the process of play with hands-on fun while learning about toys and games of traditional folk artists from the State of Utah Folk Art Collection. 

This exhibition showcases a variety of interactive experiences appropriate for different age groups from children to adults.

Exhibition runs until June 29, 2018

A workshop space on the first floor features both folk arts and museum programming at the Chase Home. We offer classes, hands-on workshops, artist visits, and many more events. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements.

The workshop space also serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions of Utah folk and traditional arts or new work featuring emerging folk art genres or innovations of tradition. We accept proposals for 8-12 week exhibitions by Utah artists. See our Exhibition Guidelines to submit a proposal. Contact Museum Administrator Sabrina Sanders ( to learn more.

View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection

Location & Hours

The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East and follow the signs to parking near the center of the park.

The ground level is ADA compliant offering two galleries, as well as a history timeline of the Chase Home. The house is a historic structure which does not offer elevator access to the second story galleries. The second story is accessed via a set of stairs.

Summer Hours 5/28/2018 through 9/1/2018:

Tuesday: 11 AM – 4 PM

Wednesday: 11 AM – 8 PM

Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 4 PM

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Closed on holidays


Call 801.245.7285

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Rio Gallery

The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue. The Rio Gallery is located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot.

Past Exhibitions

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Open Saturdays from 10 – 2, Nov 11 – Apr 21 for Winter Market
Closed Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101
Free and open to the public

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

Call for Exhibition:Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary

May 18 – July 6, 2018

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception May 18, 2018, 6-9pm 

Our Sacred Landscape features the work of three Utah artists taking inspiration from the beauty of the landscape. Each artist expresses their viewpoint through a different medium. Karen Kurka Jensen uses water, ink, and color on delicate rice paper, Cara Schwindt works in textiles, and Jodi Steen uses acrylic paints on canvas and raised panels as a medium.

The artists have combined their work to reveal a passion for nature. “I often find inspiration in the colors of the landscape. The colors of a scree field or the combination of colors on the barren hills between autumn and winter- I weave these influences into my work,” explains Schwindt.

Jodi Steen’s work represents the landscapes that she experiences in her many outdoor adventures. Her abstract approach to landscape painting is in two parts: the sky is fluid and loose with long strokes, while the land, or water sections becomes very tight with numerous layers of lines and texture. Her paintings evolve through multiple layers and textures based on a combination of land, sky, and water. She applies abstraction by breaking down the obvious views until there is nothing left but shape and color.

Sumi-e is the Japanese word is for black ink painting. The discipline developed concurrently with calligraphy; using ink and a brush on rice paper or silk. When speaking of her work, Karen Kurka Jensen said, “I find in nature, peace and healing. When I discovered the medium of sumi-e, where the importance is connecting spiritually to your subject, I found the language of my soul.”


Upcoming Exhibitions

Mitchell Lee and Nolan Flynn  July 13 – August 31

Design Arts ’18  September 7 – October 19


Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899.

The gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection. The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue.

Past Exhibitions

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
617 East South Temple SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public
Gallery Phone: 801-236-7555

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

May 11th-July 6th, 2018

Gallery Stroll Artist’s Reception: June 15, 2018 | 6 – 9 pm

The language of fabric has been the foundation and springboard of Laura Sharp Wilson’s work for the past two decades. Her earliest paintings were of threads formed into chaotic knots, later work utilized flat botanical imagery giving plants human powers.

Wilson says, “I love fabric for so many reasons. It is woven together like a society, that it can represent the female realm, that it can be sewn, pulled apart, ripped, it can rot, it can have a pattern, and a pattern can be dissected. Fabric can transform a person with clothing and costume, or an interior, with rugs, curtains and upholstery. “

In her current work, Wilson is looking back at the people who expanded this country’s population. People like her great grandparents who unraveled their lives, came to America settled and re-wove their existence. Her Irish, Scottish and Swedish great grandparents fought hard to elevate themselves in this country but in the process ignored those already here. Wilson struggles with the fact that these people, a carpenter, a small town doctor, a house painter, a textile importer, plopped down in a country with a, “racist, oppressive social system, and carried on, changing little, for the poor, non-white and indigenous of this land.”

Can bound empty spaces represent a deep insecurity? Can transparency and opacity suggest ignoring others? Can a structured or chaotic weaving portray a society? Wilson thinks so. In her images, the fabric of people’s lives is dissected and broken down into threads, strands, rope, shapes, patterns and chains, which are allowed to bind, constrict, envelope, unravel, create webs, outline, cover up, and reconcile. A new narrative appears illustrating internal feelings of turmoil and confusion which beg to be sorted out and clarified.  She says, “In making this work I feel part of the discourse this country is currently having about where we come from, who we are and what we want to be.”

Laura Sharp Wilson was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1965 and grew up in New York and New Jersey. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wilson also studied surface textile design at North Carolina State University and served as an apprentice at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia. The artist has exhibited sculpture, installation, painting and drawing nationally and internationally since 1996. Wilson’s design “Thread, Strand, Rope and Yarn” a 5,000 square foot terrazzo floor is part of the public art of the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. A collection of her drawings were on exhibit at McKenzie Fine Art in New York. Currently Wilson is working on “Small” an exhibition that considers her great-grandparents Euro-American generation. Laura Sharp Wilson lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and son. More at


Upcoming Exhibitions

Selected works from the Utah State Fine Art Collection  July 13 – September 7

Jan Andrews and Trent Alvey September 14 – November 2


Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Original Writing Competition

Since 1958, the Utah Original Writing Competition has awarded Utah writers for works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in a variety of forms. The competition’s mission is to aid Utah writers on their path to publication and broader recognition. Submissions must be original works and, with some exceptions, cannot be published or accepted for publication at the time of entry. Manuscripts are reviewed in a blind process by judges selected from outside of Utah. There is no entry fee, and it is open to all Utah residents age 18 and over.

The 2018 Utah Original Writing Competition will close June 22 at 5 p.m. Here are the 2018 guidelines, which contain the link to the online submission form. Please read through the entire guidelines before submitting.

Click HERE to see lists of past winners from 2000 to the present.


Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at or 801.236.7548.

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