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Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Arts & Museums Arts Education Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.


  • For details regarding Utah’s POL activities, email or call 801-236-7557.
  • For full details on the national poetry recitation competition, visit
Recitation and performance are major trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English and theatre class.

2016 Poetry Out Loud

Tessa Thornley of Bear River High School took home top honors from the state finals for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented by Utah Arts & Museums on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at co-host Westminster College’s Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Thornley received $200 and travel expenses to represent Utah in the national championship May 2-4 in Washington, D.C. Her school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-up Serena Hawatmeh of Juan Diego Catholic High School received $100, with $200 for her school library. Poetry Out Loud awards a $20,000 college scholarship to the national champion.

Approximately 4,616 students from 35 high schools across Utah participated in Poetry Out Loud activities and competed in school and regional competitions. Regional competitions were held in Brigham City, Gunnison, Provo, St. George, Salt Lake City, and South Jordan. At the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, students recited works they selected from an anthology of nearly 600 classic and contemporary poems.

Past Winners

  • 2015 – Sadie Merkley, Box Elder High School, Brigham City
  • 2014 – Ashlei Havili, American Fork High School, American Fork
  • 2013 – Devin Jones, West Jordan High School, West Jordan
  • 2012 – MarKaye Hassan, Logan High School (placed 3rd in National Competition)

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.

Many thanks again to all who entered the 2016 Utah Original Writing Competition! We celebrated Utah writers at an awards event on November 5 at the Salt Lake City Library. Photos from the event are posted on Facebook HERE and on Google+ HERE.

Click HERE to see the list of 2016 winners.

Click HERE to see the list of 2016 judges and their bios.

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

The 2017 competition will open next spring. Until then, for reference, here are the 2016 guidelines.


Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at or 801.236.7548.

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State of Utah Art Collections

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Fine Arts Collection

State Fine Art Collection In 1899, State Representative Alice Merrill Horne sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsorship, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.” The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.Image: Helen, Lee Greene Richards, oil on canvas, 1911

Folk Arts Collection 

Folk Art Collection The only state museum of its kind in the country, the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts has become the place where traditional art and artists from Utah’s ethnic, native, occupational and rural communities share their craft, music and dance with their own communities, their Utah neighbors and with tourists from around the world.Image: Home of the Butterflies Basket, Mary Holiday Black, 1995

Public Art Collection 

 Public Art Collection In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. There are over 200 pieces in the Utah Public Art Collection, including a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.Image: Rainbow Cloud, Frank Nockos, aluminum and pigment, 1994; Located at the Utah State Hospital Adult Psychiatric Facility in Provo

Traveling Exhibit Collection

Traveling Exhibit Program The Traveling Exhibits Program (TEP), sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, is a collaborative partnership with museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools in the State of Utah. This program brings the collections and resources of the Division and special exhibits provided by various organizations to you and your community.Image: From the Hills, Sandy Brunvand, Saltgrass Printmakers

Art Acquisition Committee

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums Visual Arts staff works with a community based Art Acquisition Committee to review and recommend Utah artists for placement in the State of Utah’s Fine and Folk Art Collections. This appointed and volunteer Acquisition Committee offers their considerable knowledge and expertise in advising the Board of Directors of the Division of Arts & Museums for terms of up to four years. The Acquisition Committee members are:

Lila Abersold
David Erickson
Amy Jorgensen
John T Neilson
Kandace Steadman
Diane Stewart
Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Director, Gay Cookson

For assistance, please contact: Jim Glenn, Collections, Public & Design Arts: 801.245.7271 Emily Johnson, Collections Registrar: 801.363.0298

Publications & Surveys

Utah Arts & Museums Annual Reports



Utah Creative Vitality™ Index

The Creative Vitality™ Index (CVI™) is an annual measure of the economic health of the arts-related creative economy in Utah. In the CVI™, creative economy is defined as including for-profit and nonprofit arts-related creative enterprises, and the key support and service activities that sustain them. The Index is the result of research that was designed to develop a more inclusive and robust diagnostic tool related to the economic dimensions of the arts elements of the creative economy. Starting with 2013 reports we have one-sheets by county. For more information, and reports to the zip code level, contact David Wicai,, 801-236-7547. Download the CVI™ below:

Arts Education & Learning Surveys

Four-State Arts Education Assessment

A comprehensive survey of arts education in Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Idaho covering the 2009-2010 school year, undertaken by Utah Arts & Museums and the Utah State Office of Education and was conducted by Bothell Assessment and Research.

Teaching Artists and Their Work Survey

The results of the Association of Teaching Artists’s Survey on What are Meaningful, Supportable, and Sustainable Environments for the Work of a Teaching Artist are now available online. The focus of the survey, conducted between September 2009 and March 2010 was Teaching Artists’ experiential knowledge. Teaching Artists’ from fifty states and the District of Columbia responded to the survey.

Strategic Plan

Utah Museum Services Survey

The Utah Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services recently conducted a survey to gain information on museums’ growth, development and value in the State of Utah.  The survey was directed toward attendance, budgets, professional development, collection/records, information technology and museum priorities.

The results will help Museum Services better represent museums’ needs and concerns to Utah Legislators. It is also intended to help Utah Arts & Museums best serve Utah museums with technical assistance and their future development.

Art of the Nonprofit

We are committed to enabling our arts and cultural organizations to grow and stabilize by providing professional development. One of the modes of providing this assistance is through our publications. Our Utah Nonprofit Corporations Handbook is currently in its fifth revision and has assisted many of our organizations in Utah learns the basic steps to incorporating and obtaining their 501(c)(3) IRS status. Due to the success of this handbook, we decided to publish two companion handbooks, this one on volunteer development in 1999 and another on effective board leadership. We hope these publications will provide you with many of the necessary tools for accomplishing your goals.

Local Arts Council Survey

Each year we report to the State Legislature on the form, function and cost of local support for arts-related activities throughout the state. This information is then used by the Legislature in determining arts budgeting. It also assists us in the development of new programs, funding and training opportunities. The data provided by this survey conducted in January 2009 is one way of getting an up-to-date, clear and more comprehensive view of how local arts councils operate and add to their communities. To view the results, click HERE.

Top three results of the survey:

  • 93% are interested in training and an informal newsletter geared specifically to local arts councils.
  • 73% would like more information on cultural/heritage tourism.
  • 58% need assistance in putting a strategic/business plan in place.

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.

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

Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception on Nov. 18, 2016,
6-9pm at the Rio Gallery.

Artists include:

Trent Alvey
Zane Anderson
Marti Grace Ashby
Gary Barton
Kari Bennett
Erin Berrett
Carol Berry
Namon Bills
Ric Blackerby
Liberty Blake
Kelly Brooks
Linnie Brown
Sandy Brunvand
Laurel Caryn
Virginia Catherall
Cody Chamberlain
Brian Christensen
Jane Christensen
Jared Clark
Erin Coleman-Cruz
Lewis J. Crawford
Robert De Groff
Justin Diggle
Jim Frazer
Miguel Galaz
Richard Gate
Josanne Glass
Lydia Gravis
Christian Hartshorn
Lisa Hildebrand
Karen Horne
Janell James
Emily King
Matt Kruback
Jason Lanegan
Adam Larsen
Emily Larsen
Nicole Lavely
Bill Lee
Stephanie Leitch
Anna Laurie Mackay
Susan Makov
Naomi Marine
Frank McEntire
Nick Mendoza
Erika Nash
Nancy Nielsen
Martin Novak
Maureen O’Hara Ure
Curtis Olson
Phoenix Ostermann
Jody Plant
Rebecca Pletsch
James Rees
Andrew Rice
Jean Richardson
Wren Ross
Richard Shorten
Heather Stamenov
Nancy Steele-Makasci
Regina Stenberg
K Stevenson
Jennifer Watson
Justin Wheatley
Shannon White
Clinton Whiting
Laura Sharp Wilson
Megan Wilson


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