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Equity & Inclusion

Our Commitment:
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums promotes equity that involves all people, including those who have been historically underrepresented, in: policymaking; support of artists and organizations; and fair access of resources.

Utah Arts & Museums: Modeling Through Action

To provide informed, authentic leadership for inclusion and cultural equity, we:

  • Provide board and staff training on what cultural equity is and its importance
  • Include questions on cultural equity in all grant applications
  • Practice equitable hiring practices for division staff
  • Prioritize equity when serving constituents in all programs

Acknowledgements & Affirmations from Americans for the Arts

  • In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.
  • Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts and museums sector.
  • We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.
  • Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.
  • The prominent presence of artists challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.

Statement from Americans for the Arts on Cultural Equity

Below is a PDF of Americans for the Arts’ Statement on Cultural Equity. We’ve also included an editable version in Word for your convenience to use as a working model for your organization if needed.

Editable Cultural Equity Statement for Your Organization
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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. It 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.

All of Us Beasts

May 12 July 7, 2017
Artist Reception: May 19, 2017 | 6 – 9 pm 

“One of my earliest memories is a dream: animals danced in a circle around me as I lay on my bed. As a child, I saw myself as an animal. This is of course true—I am an animal. But it took me years to realize the separation humans place between themselves and other species. I felt as though I had been misplaced, as nonhuman animals were some of my closest friends.

I found an outlet for my discomfort with being human through creating artwork where wildlife and humans occupied the same field. I depicted myself as an animal of many species. The process of artistically exploring my animality and connections to other species facilitated my acceptance of being human.

In 2014 I enrolled in the Environmental Humanities graduate program at the University of Utah. I enrolled in biology, art and creative writing courses. I studied theory on human and animal connections and entanglements. I asked myself questions regarding the implications of each encounter I had with wildlife, investigated the impressions that remained with me, and analyzed my perceptions of other species and how this altered my view of myself. My work culminated as an illustrated book, All of Us Beasts. This exhibit includes artwork and writing excerpts from that book.” – Claire Taylor

Funding for research for this project was provided in part by the Global Change and Sustainability Center, and the Friends of Red Butte Creek at the University of Utah.

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
617 East South Temple SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public


Proposals for exhibitions in March–July of 2018 will be accepted July 29September 3, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Download Alice Gallery floorplans.


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Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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The Chase Home June Jubilee is happening soon!! For more information go to our Facebook Event page.

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.

Workshops & Temporary Exhibitions

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 Adrienne Decker ( or Jennifer Ortiz ( 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.

Winter Hours- 9/6/16 through 5/26/17:

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Summer Hours – 5/30/17 through 9/2/17

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thursday-Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Closed on holidays

Chase Home Museum Map


Call 801.245-7285

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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 2017 competition closes Friday, June 23, at 5 p.m. MDT. All submissions must be made through our online portal. The link to the online submissions portal is contained in the 2017 guidelines. Please read through all of the guidelines before submitting. Please note that this year, self-published manuscripts are not eligible.

You will use file-sharing to share your manuscript(s) with us. If you’re new to file-sharing, click HERE to see how to use Dropbox to share documents, and click HERE to see how to use Google Drive to share documents.

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

Happy writing!


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 ’17

Applications for review and consideration for inclusion in the DesignArts Utah ’17 exhibition are now being accepted. Deadline to apply: July 10, 2017

The selected designs will be included in the DesignArts Utah ’17 exhibition in the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. The exhibition opens September 8 and runs through October 20, 2017.

The Designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner receives a $3,000 award and our partner, Salt Lake Design Week will sponsor two $500 student category Juror’s Awards.

On October 20, 2017 we will host, along with our partners Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City, a closing party and reception from 6 – 9 pm for the designers, friends, family and community to celebrate the talents and community contributions designer’s make in all of our lives. This closing reception also coincides with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

The DesignArts Utah ’17 juror, Brooke Hodge, is Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Museum. Ms. Hodge was formerly Deputy Director at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Director of Exhibitions and Publications at the Hammer Museum, Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.


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
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Salt Lake Design Week


The Design Arts Program sponsors an annual juried exhibition of Utah designers from a broad range of media and practice. The annual exhibition runs in the fall to coincide with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. These exhibitions are our effort to support good design and designers in Utah while showcasing their work and demonstrating the intricate and arduous process to achieve exemplary design.

The jurors, nationally recognized design experts, select the work for the exhibitions. The Designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner receives a $3,000 award and in the past our partner, Salt Lake Design Week has sponsored two $500 student category Juror’s Awards.

Digital copies of the catalogues from past years’ exhibitions are available below


Design Arts Exhibitions

View a gallery of past projects chosen for exhibition:


Juror: Jim Childress, Chair of the AIA Committee on Design. A frequent lecturer on architecture, Centerbrook Partner, Jim Childress is well traveled 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

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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 Mackenzie Morton at  or 801.245.7270

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