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Mountain West Arts Conference

The 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference will be held:
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.



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Keynote Speaker – Colleen Macklin Colleen Macklin 3

We are very happy to announce Colleen Macklin as this year’s Keynote Speaker for the Mountain West Arts Conference.

Creative Failure: What Games Can Teach Us
One of the most prominent features of games, from sports to card games to videogames is failure. In fact, an interesting thing about games is that they make failure fun. Players learn how the game works by trying and failing, over and over again. Game designers spend a good deal of time failing too, as they try to express ideas through such a dynamic and unpredictable medium. You could say that over time, game designers become “failure experts”—learning how to craft failure in their games, and also how to hone their own craft through the iterative process of prototyping and playtesting — or in other words, failing over and over again. In this talk, game designer and educator Colleen Macklin will show how the craft of making games can provide interesting insights into the creative process and what games can teach us about the value of failure as a creative force.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of our conference sponsors in helping us to provide scholarships to the Mountain West Arts Conference.

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The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2016 Governors Leadership in the Arts Awards.

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Arts Benefactor

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BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications

Caine College for the Arts

Hale Center Theatre


Park City Institute

Stewart Family Foundation

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Utah Shakespeare Festival


Arts Patron

Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University

Kimball Art Center

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Salt Lake Acting Company

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Utah Arts Festival

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah Valley University School of the Arts

WSU Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter

Axis Architects   –   Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Mayor Jackie Biskupski   –   Nova Chamber Music Series

Ogden City Arts   –   Spy Hop   –   Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah State Poetry Society   –   Zions Bank

Thanks to our media sponsor

Now Playing Utah


Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554

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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Public Art

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

  • Please check back for news about projects opening soon for the Utah State University Clinical Services Facility, and Utah Valley University’s Performing Arts Center.

Projects in Progress

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville seeks proposals from artists or artist teams for a permanent work of art to be located on the west wall of the underground section of The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
    Budget  $10,000 – Deadline May 2, 2016
  • The Bay Bridge Steel Program, through which remediated steel being salvaged from the 1936 East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (currently being demolished) will be awarded to successful applicants for incorporation into civic and public art projects.
    Deadline May 2, 2016
  • The DC Commission on the Art and Humanities (DCCAH) in partnership with Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) is seeking professional qualifications from artists or artist teams for the design, fabrication and installation of a permanent work of public art for the new Pepco electrical substation coming to the Buzzard Point area in Southwest Washington, DC.
    Budget  $250,000 – Deadline May 5, 2016
  • Spokane Arts, in partnership with the Spokane Parks & Recreation Department and Spokane Park Board seeks a lead artist to identify art opportunities within the new Riverfront Park Master Plan and to develop site-integrated artwork(s) for the redevelopment of Riverfront Park.
    Budget  $500,000 – Deadline May 6, 2016
  • The Federal Way Arts Commission is seeking qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a site-responsive public artwork. The site will be the newly constructed 41,000 sq. ft. Performing Arts & Event Center in Town Center.
    Budget  $350,000 – Deadline May 6, 2016
  • The City of Plano has seven designated locations for the Plano Portal Project, where the city is seeking original artwork to declare the entrance of the arts district.
    Budget  $300,000 – Deadline May 9, 2016
  • The Public Arts Advisory Board of the City of Wylie, Texas, seeks to commission an original, exterior, site-specific, functionally, philosophically, and artistically integrated space(s) for the New Walking Trails and Disc Golf Park. Three separate sites are available for art.
    Budget  $130,000 each Site #1 & 2; $52,000 Site #3  – Deadline May 11, 2016
  • The City and County of Broomfield Public Art Committee (PAC) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create a public artwork for the new Health and Human Services’ Building, 3rd floor Family Services Waiting Area.
    Budget  $10,000 – Deadline May 11, 2016
  • The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams with experience in the design, fabrication and installation of artwork in the public realm to apply for the Matsui Waterfront Park public art project. Call-MatsuiPark (1)
    Budget  $234,686 – Deadline May 16, 2016
  • The Memphis UrbanArt Commission is accepting artist qualifications for four public art projects. Two of the projects are open to artists in the Memphis-metropolitan area, and the other two are open to all artists in the United States. Projects include a mural, sculptures and other public art pieces.
    Budget  $262,500 – Deadline May 20, 2016
  • The Tucson Pima Arts Council is administering a Call to Artists/RFQ process for Nakoma Sky, a retirement community in Oro Valley, Arizona. Six different art opportunities are being offered: three interior and three exterior.
    Budget  $415,000 – Deadline May 26, 2016
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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:

A Call to Place: The First Five Years of the Frontier Fellowship

March 18 – May 13, 2016

An artist reception will be held on Friday, March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

The town of Green River lies within the lunar landscape of eastern Utah: rock cliffs reveal striations of sediment with boulders clustered below fracturing buttes. Green River is a place where the land is plentiful and the red dust, burnt cliffs, and lonely sky lie just beyond the end of its roads. Prismatic sunsets give way to stars that shine bold and close. If you’ve never seen monolithic terraces under an oceanic sky, Green River is the seeing place.

The only town of consequence for many miles, Green River has been a welcomed sight to travelers for well over a century. Uranium mining, the construction of a missile base, and other economic booms led to times of prosperity that proved short-lived. As jobs disappeared and the newly built Interstate 70 routed travelers around, rather than through the town, businesses closed shop, buildings fell into disrepair, and the town’s population dwindled to its current size of 952. During the recent recession, Epicenter, an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization, began partnering with the city and residents to reverse Green River’s economic misfortunes and strengthen the community.

Epicenter’s visiting artists, Frontier Fellows, prove an integral part of this revitalization by discerning and celebrating Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. A Call to Place features the first five years of Frontier Fellows- 50 visiting artists and collaboratives who have each spent up to a month in residence generating place-based work in Green River alongside the community.

Featured artists and collaboratives:
Gina Abelkop
Dylan Adams
Sarah Baugh
Michelle Benoit
Colin Bliss & Lucia Carroll
Zach Bulick
Pete Collard & Alice Masters
Shawn Creeden
Erica Ruth Dixon
Grayson Earle
Eliza Fernand
Justin Flood
Kristina Fong
Ryan Troy Ford
Molly Goldberg & Mary Rothlisberger
Raphael Griswold
Andrew Hamblin
Catherine Harris
James Herman
High Desert Test Sites
Celia Hollander
Geoffrey Holstad
Emily Howe
Emily Howe, Jordan Gulasky, & Phil Dagostino
Russell Kerr
Aidan Koch
Spencer Kroll
Laurelin Kruse
Corbin LaMont
Nicole Lavelle
Sarah Lillegard
Rob Loucks
Miles Mattison
Zoe Minikes
Ali Osborn
Jordan Topiel Paul
Zorth Pilonieta
Richard Saxton
Sincerely Interested
Cyrus W. Smith
D. Strauss
Charlotte X.C. Sullivan
Lisa Ward
Bennett Williamson
Nick Zdon


The Painted Veil– Curated by Jorge Rojas
May 20-July 8, 2016
Opening Reception: May 20, 6 -9  pm

Location & Hours

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

Thr Rio Grande Depot will be open every other Saturday from 10-2pm for Winter Market beginning November 7, 2015 – April, 16 2016

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

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.

History of Photography

Mar 11 – May 6, 2016

Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception on March 18th, 2016 6-9 pm.

History of PhotographyRecent Work by Laurel Caryn investigates the transformations in contemporary image culture; how we record history through photographs and how that process has been changed – and to some degree – lost, with digital technology. By combining the 19th century process of cyanotype (acrylic paint and the discarded database of art history slide images), Caryn confronts the viewer with the paradigm shift in how we record and receive visual information, the role of the spectator in that process (are we passive or complicit?), and the impact of the memory trace all photographs contain. Caryn is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in the Art and Art History Department at the University of Utah where she teaches historical and alternative photographic processes.

Location & Hours

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


Downy Doxey-Marshall – Off the Hanger, May 13-July 8, 2016

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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Download Alice Gallery floorplans.


Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Toolkit: Museums

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The Registrar Committee for the Western Region (RCWR) is a great resource for collections and registration specialists. Check out their latest issue of the quarterly HERE.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Workshop Material 

Click here to view the NEH’s grant workshop materials from their site visit to Utah in March. It includes information regarding the application process and is a broad overview of the grants that they offer.

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UA&M now offers an environmental monitoring kit for rent for a small fee. The kit includes tools to measure your museum’s temperature, humidity, and light allowances. For more information about the kit or to inquire about rental, please contact Jennifer Ortiz at or 801-245-7288. 

Preservation Assessment

We now offer an onsite preservation assessment for museums interested in learning more about how to better preserve their collections. Based off of Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), Utah Arts and Museum’s Preservation Assessment provides constructive feedback on areas of improvement through a facilitated onsite visit and itemized report. The visit and report are meant to provide feedback that will assist in identifying priority collections care needs and better assist museums interested in applying for museum grants through Utah Arts and Museums.

Please see our Pre-Assessment worksheet for more information and contact Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Specialist at 801-245-7288 to schedule your assessment.

Emergency Planning

Collections Management

Fair Use and Copyright Issues

Museums Newsletter

This e-newsletter contains timely information and articles for Utah museums. If you would like to receive it, please email Jennifer Ortiz at

Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Looking for help with volunteers, accessibility, strategic planning or starting up a new museum? Check out the toolkit for nonprofit arts organizations and museums. Click HERE for the nonprofit organization toolkit.

Museum Support Organizations