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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. 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 2016 Utah Original Writing Competition is now open. Please download and read the 2016 guidelines before submitting. The link to the online submission form is included in the guidelines.

2016 Competition Timeline

Monday, May 2, 2016: Guidelines posted and submission period opens
Friday, June 24, 2016: Submissions due by 5 p.m. MDT (all submissions must be made online)
September 2016: Winners and press notified
October/November 2016: Awards presentation

Click HERE to read an article by Connie Goldsmith, last year’s Young Adult Book judge, with tips on polishing your manuscript before entering it in a competition.

Click on the links below to see lists of winners in previous years:

2015 OWC List of Winners

2014 OWC List of Winners

2013 OWC List of Winners

2012 OWC List of Winners

2011 OWC List of Winners

2010 OWC List of Winners


Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at or 801.236.7548.

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Design Arts

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Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. We strive to help the citizens of Utah see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us.


DesignArts Utah ’16

Design submissions are being accepted for consideration by our Juror for inclusion in the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts Program exhibition DesignArts Utah ’16 here. The exhibition runs September 9, 2016 – October 21, 2016. The exhibition closing reception and celebration is October 21, 2016 from 6-9 pm and will coincide with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City.

Professional and student designers residing in Utah working in any media are encouraged to submit concepts, prototypes, and actual objects / design. In the past we have had the honor of featuring architecture, fashion, landscape, graphic and information, lighting, industrial, sports equipment, furniture and the list goes on. It is only limited by the imagination of Utah’s designers. Catalogues from past years’ exhibitions are available below.

Designers may submit up to 5 design projects with a total of up to 20 images per designer. The Designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Copies of the exhibition catalogue will be provided to all designers included in the exhibition.

We are excited to partner, once again, with Craft Lake City to celebrate Utah designers. their designs and contributions to our quality of life and economic development in Utah!

The juror for DesignArts Utah ’16 is James Childress, Chair of the AIA Committee on Design

ChildressA  frequent lecturer on architecture, Centerbrook Partner, Jim Childress is well travelled due to his work and to grown children who are scattered around the world. What he learns from these international sojourns informs not only his architecture but also the garden he is nurturing and expanding with his wife, Ann Thompson. He has balanced his adventurous wayfaring with solid commitments at home, where he is well invested in his local community, serving on planning and zoning commissions, the school board, and as a library volunteer.

Jim received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 and 1978 respectively. He joined Centerbrook Architects in 1979, becoming a principal in 1992 and a partner in 1996. In 1994 he was selected as one of the decade’s “40 National Architects under 40” by the Architectural League of New York and Interior Magazine.
Jim’s portfolio encompasses houses, independent school, colleges and universities, laboratories, churches, museums, and corporate interiors. He is especially proud of his work over the past 30 years for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he has completed 15 projects for this world-renowned center for molecular biology research, among them laboratories, a library, auditorium, dining hall, housing, child care center, chiller plant, development offices, and a DNA learning center.

He was the architect for notable projects in the West, including three projects at the University of Colorado: a LEED Gold Wolf Law School and the LEED Platinum Center for Community, and a medical library on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Other design credits include: a new headquarters and renovations to the Noble Hotel for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming; a math and science building and community center for the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Missouri; and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, a new nonprofit research institute for genomics-based medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.

Jim’s work has been recognized with 60 design awards including the American Institute of Architects 1998 Architecture Firm Award. He was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2001. In 2015,


The Design Community in Utah is vital and growing.  Following are some of the design organizations, some of which we partner with, in Utah:

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AIGA Salt Lake City
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week

Design Arts Exhibitions

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Juror: Randy J. Hunt, is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. 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.

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Juror: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program and the Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institute College of Art.

DA 2014 Catalog

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Juror: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning   

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Juror: David Revere McFadden from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, New York 8 Utah designers’ 11 designs were selected for exhibition from 28 Utah designers’ 55 submitted projects.

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Juror: Stuart Karten, director of Stuart Karten Design, Los Angeles, California. 8 Utah designers were selected for exhibition of their 13 designs from the 31 designs submitted.

Design Arts Utah 2011 Catalog

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Juror: Budd Steinhilber, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Steinhilber for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 22 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2010 Catalog Click to view the full catalog


Juror: Reed Kroloff, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 9 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Kroloff for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 22 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2009 Catalog


Juror: Jennifer Morla, award winning designer and creative director of Design Within Reach 20 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Morla for exhibition from the 97 designs submitted by 37 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2008 CatalogClick to view the full catalog


Juror: Tucker Viemeister, VP Creative with Studio Red at Rockwell Group 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Viemeister for exhibition from the 47 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2007 Catalog


Juror: Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine based in New York City 15 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Szenasy for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 36 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2006 Catalog


Juror: Joseph Rosa, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Rosa for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 21 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2005 Catalog


Juror: Anne Van Ingen, director of architecture, planning and design program and capital projects for the New York State Council on the Arts in New York, New York

8 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Van Ingen for exhibition from the 27 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2004 Catalog


Juror: Buff Kavelman, director of the Smithsonian National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York 9 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Kavelman for exhibition from the 35 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2003 Catalog


Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at  or 801.245.7272

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npu logoNowPlayingUtah is the comprehensive one-stop source for culture, arts, exhibitions, performances, sports and recreation throughout the state of Utah.

The mission of NowPlayingUtah is to build audience participation in the arts and cultural community of Utah by encouraging collaborative strategies and providing a comprehensive online resource for events, venues and artists statewide.

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Find a Museum

You can search for museums on the Utah Museums Association website, a directory fueled by data from Utah Arts & Museums. For current exhibits and events, visit Whether you are planning a day trip to a museum or a longer road trip, these sites are sources of information about the museums that you want to visit. Always confirm with the museum before traveling and please inform us of any corrections or additions.

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Professional development comes in many shapes and sizes. Visit here to learn about leadership development and the Change Leader Program, conferences, seminars and workshops.

Publications & Surveys

We provide several publications for arts and cultural organizations, museums and constituents, including the Art of the Nonprofit series, museum newsletters, the Utah Creative Vitality Index reports, and our strategic plans and annual reports.

Look here for survey results from our economic impact surveys and one conducted with local arts councils and agencies. 

Local Arts Agencies

We provide technical assistance and grants to local arts agencies.

Change Leaders

The Change Leader Program is a professionalam_resources_cl_spring13 development course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day institute with instruction on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project. These certified Change Leaders form a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.


Public Art

For information on the DesignArts Utah 2016 Competition, please click here.

Public art is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of artists and architects.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), 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. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

The Utah State Legislature Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee reviews all capital projects for the State and approves or cuts public art funding for those projects. If you would like to contact the legislators on the committee to express your views on art in public places, the committee membership and committee schedule and contact information can be found online.

Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

  • University of Utah Crocker Science Center – The Art Selection Committee for this project is interested in working with an artist(s) to create work for the public spaces that incorporates crosscutting themes in science concepts and provoke visitors and students to “think like a scientist” and “act like a researcher,” work that helps deepen the conceptual exploration of the Nature of Science.
    Budget: $280,000 – Deadline: June 29, 2016
  • Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Campus – In honor of and in keeping with SLCC’s desire to create a “state of the art” facility to serve the technical education needs of Westpointe, Salt Lake City and environs, the Art Selection Committee for this project is interested in working with an artist(s) that understands this pride of place and the earnest desire to serve the community.
    Budget: $309,000 – Deadline: June 30, 2016
  • Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence – The Selection Committee for this project wants to work with an artist(s) that reinforces this specialized facility as a warm, inviting, and soothing place; integrated with elements that inspire health and wellness; responsive to a diverse range of needs and abilities; a teaching tool for clinical research; accommodating to a variety of treatments for chronic physical, mental, and behavioral health conditions; comfortable and supportive to visiting families; and overall an environment that creates a sense of joy and hope.
    Budget: $81,000 – Deadline: July 8, 2016

Projects in Progress

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • Salt Lake County is soliciting proposals from qualified artists, living in the state of Utah, to participate in an open competition for works of art for the new West Jordan District Attorney Office Building. This public art project presents an opportunity for a large exterior sculptural component. DA28318 WJ DA’s Office Bldg Public Art RFP_Final
    Budget  $75,000 – Deadline July 15, 2016

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Bernalillo County Arts Board solicits a call for artists to propose conceptual sketch ideas for “Outposts” outdoor sculptures to be located along highly visible avenues and boulevards within Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
    Budget  $20,000 – Deadline May 29, 2016
  • San Diego International Airport is pleased to announce a new public art opportunity at the parking plaza lobby stairs. The project is an opportunity for an artist or artist team to activate the exterior, terminal-facing sides of the plaza’s three lobby stairwells, which serve as pedestrian entry and exit points for the structure. For complete eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, and to apply for the opportunity, all artists must register in the Authority’s Vendor Database
    Budget  $550,000 – Deadline June 2, 2016
  • Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, WY is building a Student Services and University Center that will be the new focal point for student services on campus. The committee is seeking 2D or 3D artwork for the interior of the building, as well as a second call for exterior sculpture.
    Budget  $30,000 and $60,000 – Deadline June 3, 2016
  • The City of Sarasota, Florida is sponsoring an outdoor landmark sculpture for placement within a future roadway roundabout at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard in a downtown location. This project is related to a new public art initiative that is focused on acquiring public works of art that will be permanently displayed in numerous roundabouts that will be constructed during the next decade.
    Budget  $150,000 – Deadline June 5, 2016
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed on the grounds of the Jones AT&T Sports Performance Center.  Considerations are for artists that can create a piece that will stand alone, but could also be considered to create a companion piece for the next phase of the project.
    Budget  $150,000 – Deadline June 5, 2016
  •  The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create a mural to be placed on the wall near the entrance to the newly remodeled Industrial Engineering building. Ideal submissions will create a mural that celebrates Industrial Engineering.
    Budget  $33,500 – Deadline June 22, 2016
  • The City of San Diego is seeking applications from qualified artists to provide public art services for the East Village Green Phase 1 Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artwork for East Village Green Phase 1 and consult during installation of artwork at the site by the City.
    Budget  $475,000 – Deadline June 23, 2016
  • The City of Napa invites artists with experience in creative place making to submit qualifications for the Dwight H. Murray Plaza improvement project. It is the City’s intent to select one artist or artist team to conceptualize and produce unique art elements that activate the Plaza and serve as visual landmarks for this newly designed civic space.
    Budget  $200,000 – Deadline June 24, 2016
  • The Tarpon Springs Public Art Committee (TSPAC) is seeking designs for Phase I of its Art Bike Rack Project. This phase of the project will place artist-designed bike racks primarily along the City’s Art and History Trail. The intent of this call is for unique, original designs only.
    Budget  $500 per design – Deadline June 30, 2016
  • The Buffalo Trace Distillery requests proposals for a unique outdoor sculpture. Using two slices of wood from individual American oak trees, a custom outdoor sculpture is to be created and displayed on the grounds at Buffalo Trace Distillery for visitors to admire.
    Budget  $20,000 – Deadline June 30, 2016
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists.
    Deadline: Ongoing
  • This is a call for the inclusion of public art collections in the Public Art Archivean online database of public art powered by WESTAF. To be considered for inclusion, you must be a professional artist who has completed and installed public artwork, or an administrator of an established public art program in any of the 50 United States or Canada.
    Deadline:  Rolling


Contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Coming to the Rio Gallery:

The Painted Veil

May 20 – July 8, 2016

An artist reception will be held on Friday, May 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Veils are rich in symbolism and often thought of as pathways into other realms. They obscure and disguise while prompting curiosity about what lies beyond. Throughout history, the veil has served as a tool for artistic investigation: the veiled virgin sculptures of Strazza and Bernini, the nonrepresentational abstractions of Kandinsky, and the Muslim veil, which has become one of the most powerful symbols in contemporary visual culture.

Curator Jorge Rojas derived the exhibit title from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem, “Lift Not the Painted Veil,” in which the veil carries many meanings. The veil separates life and death, serves as a gateway between earthly and heavenly realms, a curtain that one must part to discover true love, and even a cosmic veil that must be pierced to glimpse the mysteries of our origins.

Using materials such as glass, paint, and resins, The Painted Veil works require the viewer to look through, into, or beyond the artwork. Several use transparency, translucency, and opacity to filter light and offer a glimpse into the artist’s engagement with the respective materials.

The Painted Veil features 15 Utah-based artists and includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installations by Trent Alvey, Jan Andrews, Christine Baczek, Jared Lindsay Clark, Daniel Everett, Jenevieve Hubbard, Sarinda Jones, Amy Jorgensen, Beth Krensky, Stephanie Leitch, Lizze Määttälä, Colour Maisch, Jared Steffensen, Roland Thompson, and Brian Usher.


Design Arts
September 9 – October 1

Statewide Annual
November 18 – January 13

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

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Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in Jan-Jul 2017 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2016 Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


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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, 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.

This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection and was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.


May 13 – Jul 8, 2016

Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception on May 20th, 2016 6-9 pm.

Informed by the juxtaposition of personal adornments and the natural landscape, Doxey-Marshall seamlessly weaves the inner and outer world. Painting images from clothes hanging in her closet and combining them with skies, clouds, fallen leaves, branches and stars, she creates a narrative about how nature eventually ravages the objects we consider precious and then discards them. The artist said she rediscovered her love for oil painting after many years of working with mixed media and egg tempera. “I am inspired by moments of hope, the in-between spaces, and that which is left behind by time” said Doxey-Marshall.

Downy Doxey-Marshall’s works are held in the permanent collections of the State of Utah Fine Art Collection and the Springville Museum of Art. Doxey-Marshall was a finalist in the 1998 Utah Arts Council Fellowship Award and her mural work is also featured in the Provo City Center Temple.”

Location & Hours

Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday


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Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in Jan-Jul 2017 will be accepted Aug 1-Sept 1, 2016. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


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Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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