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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 community members see, experience, utilize and value the art of design that surrounds us.

 

 

 


 DesignArts Utah ’17 

The DesignArts Program is pleased to host the DesignArts Utah ’17 juried exhibition, September 8, 2017 – October 20, 2017, at the Rio Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City. Designers in architecture, industrial, product, and information / media / graphic design will be included with realized, conceptual, and prototype design. This year’s featured designers include: Jorrien Peterson / Fell – Gunnar Harrison – Lianne Wappett – Hunter Hofstrand – Camilla Aubrey – Sparano + Mooney Architecture – WEST Group and Juror’s Award Winners; Nick Mendoza and Andrew Galloway in the professional category and Joshua Siebert and DesignBuildBluff in the student categories.

This annual exhibition honors and celebrates Utah’s great designers and provides a valuable platform for viewers to learn about and engage with the design community. DesignArts Utah is excited to partner with Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City for this event that is free and open to the public.

Brooke Hodge, the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, will curate the exhibition. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two designers selected in the student category will each receive a $500 award.

In conjunction with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Salt Lake Design Week, a closing reception will take place on October 20th from 6-9 pm at the Rio Gallery, 300 S. Rio Grande in Salt Lake City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Please feel free to refer any questions to Jim Glenn jglenn@utah.gov 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton mmorton@utah.gov 801.245.7270


DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

Click on the images below to view past projects chosen for exhibition:

2016

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

Click to view the full catalog

2015

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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2014

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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2013

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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2012

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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2011

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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2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004

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

2003

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


The design community in Utah is vital and growing. Click on the links below to learn more about a few of the design organizations in Utah:

AIA UtahCLCLogo-Bird SLDW_logo
AIGA Salt Lake City
ASLA Utah
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week


Questions?

Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton at  mmorton@utah.gov  or 801.245.7270

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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 | Upcoming Exhibitions

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


prima facie

September 15 – November 10, 2017
Artist Reception during Gallery Stroll: September 15, 2017 | 6 – 9 pm 

The exhibition prima facie explores the divisions and overlaps that occur between “what is” and “what could not be” – searching, not for the truth, but for moments of disruption to an expected order. What the eyes perceive often goes unquestioned. People accept the authenticity of objects, images, and spaces when presented in familiar forms and patterns. Vision is accepted as a source of truth, but what appears precise is not always accurate, and what appears impossible is not necessarily false.

Arbitrary boundaries erected between humans and nature, or self and other, falsely suggest that each is autonomous and exist without influence or dependency upon the other. In reality, they are linked in a catalytic web, unknowingly responding to and impacting the other’s actions. These immediate and cumulative aggregates of change offer new outlines for what can, or will, come. The impossible is not fixed, but a fluid construct that can be redefined in the wake of a transformative event. The drawings, sculpture, and photography presented in prima facie borrow from the language of precision to provide artifacts of an evolving impossible.

Materials, forms, and technology from schematic drawing, scientific illustration, taxidermy, and documentary photography are combined with more fantastical or obscure elements to offer and deny verity in the mapping of transformation.


 

Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Visual Art in Utah

The 1899 “Art Bill”, created by the Utah legislature, was the first state-funded arts council in the nation. The law’s purpose was to advance the interest of fine arts; expand the influence of art in education; sponsor an annual art exhibition; present public lectures on art; and establish a state art collection.


Galleries

The Alice Gallery, located in the Glendinning Home and main offices of Utah Arts & Museums, features selections from the State Fine Art Collection as well as exhibits of local artists works.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande building, hosts the Statewide Annual Exhibition, the Design Arts exhibition, and artist group exhibitions chosen from community proposals.

 

 

 

 


Visual Art Exhibitions and Fellowships

Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition

The Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition provides exposure to both emerging and established Utah artists through public display, publicity, awards and publication of catalogs. This juried exhibition focuses on different disciplines, rotating categories in a three year cycle that includes: painting, sculpture & installation work; fine crafts, photography & video/digital works; and mixed media and works on paper. Statewide Annual is juried by two distinguished out-of-state jurors.

Statewide Annual 2017: Painting, Sculpture, & Installation
Online Registration September 22-October 23, 2017

GUIDELINES

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Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship Program awards two $10,000 fellowships annually to outstanding professional artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Exhibitions featuring invited past fellowship recipients are periodically held.


Traveling Exhibition Program

Traveling exhibitions are curated as a collaborative partnership with local artists, arts organizations, and institutions. Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools all register for the exhibitions annually. By traveling these exhibits around the State and the use of the accompanying educational materials, the exhibits provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.

Download an information sheet on the Visual and Public Art programs.


Design Arts Utah

Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We strive to help the citizens of the state see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us. Design Arts Utah sponsors and mounts an annual exhibition. The Design Arts Competition is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. This exhibition features work submitted by Utah designers that have been selected by a juror prominent in the design field. Each year’s exhibition displays designs, prototypes, and produced samples by some of the best in Utah’s various design fields.


Public Art in Utah

Public art  "Escher's Elevator" (detail) by Jack Archibaldis 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.

Public Art Call for Qualifications

Find out about local, regional, national and international calls for public arts commissions.

Public Art Collection

There are over 200 pieces in Utah’s Digital Public Art Collection, all created since 1985. Look here to find out what public art is in your community.


State Fine Art Collection

Utah’s state-owned art collection began in 1899. Alice Merrill Horne was a candidate for the state legislature on a platform of support for the arts. Once she was elected to the House of Representatives she sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and to establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsor, 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.

The collection continues to grow annually by purchases and donations and provides impressive documentation of the history of Utah art. The collection is on display at the Governor’s Mansion, the Glendinning Home, the Rio Grande Depot, the State Capitol building, the Scott Matheson Courthouse, and other state buildings. Selections from the collection are also included in the Traveling Exhibition Program.

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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 received 225 submissions. Many thanks to all who entered!

2017 Utah Original Writing Competition Winners

Category A: Novel, judged by Matthew Batt

First Place: Forever Desolation, by Tim Glenn (Green River)
Second Place: The Evidence of Damage, by Shauna Brock (Salt Lake City)
Honorable Mention: Bluebird, by Michael Scott Smith (Salt Lake City)

Category B: Creative Nonfiction Book, judged by Rebecca Rule

First Place: Not in My House, by Susanna Nielsen Barlow (Bluffdale)
Second Place: The Architecture of a Mother, by Rebecca Brenner (Park City)
Honorable Mention: Girl on a Pony, by Christine Fraizer (Millcreek)

Category C: Book-length Collection of Stories, judged by Becky Bradway

First Place: Coyote Sky, by Joni Hemond (Salt Lake City)
Second Place: Silver Wings, by Kevin Holdsworth (Parowan)
Honorable Mention: Different Ways Home, and Other Stories, by Gene Gerstner (Springdale)

Category D: Young Adult Book, judged by Elizabeth Briggs

First Place: By the Blood of the Witches, by Alison Woods (Springville)
Second Place: Worth It, by Stephanie Moore (Farmington)
Honorable Mention: The Logic of Love, Cynicism, and Related Theories, by Patrice Carey (Provo)

Category E: Poetry, judged by Cole Swensen

First Place: “A Smell Sleepless,” by Elisabeth Loveland (Provo)
Second Place: “The Skull on the Table,” by Claire Akebrand (Provo)
Honorable Mention: “Filling Cracks & Walking on Water,” by Maurine Haltiner (Salt Lake City)

Category F: Short Story, judged by Craig Holden

First Place: “The Birth Canal,” by Larkin Weyand (Pleasant Grove)
Second Place: “Samantha’s Memory,” by Aaron Allen (Orem)
Honorable Mention: “In Denver,” by Ranjan Adiga (Salt Lake City)

Category G: Creative Nonfiction Essay, judged by Michael Martone

First Place: “On Blushing,” by Elizabeth Tidwell (Pleasant Grove)
Second Place: “Marquinn Intake Form,” by Andrew Romriell (Logan)
Honorable Mention: “Systole, Diastole,” by Darlene Young (South Jordan)
Honorable Mention: “Thought Runs on the Fugitive Concept ‘Thing-Theory,’” by Eugene Washington (Logan)

Click HERE to see a list of the 2017 judges and their bios.

Here are the 2017 guidelines if you’d like to review them.

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

Questions?

Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at agrove@utah.gov or 801.236.7548.

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Poet Laureate

The Utah Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state who presents in communities, schools, libraries, and public events. The position was established in 1997.

Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee,  a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir entitled Intimate, and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope and Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize. Her newest book of poems is Imaginary Vessels, and a book-length essay, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam is forthcoming in 2017. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series, and on National Public Radio, among others. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City.

Book the Poet Laureate

To request a reading or workshop by the Poet Laureate, please fill out the Poet Laureate appearance request form. Requests are honored based on the nature of the request and the availability of the Poet Laureate.

Paisley Rekdal’s Bite-Size Poem

Past Utah Poets Laureate

David Lee, St. George
Appointed by Gov. Michael Leavitt
January 1997 to January 2003

Kenneth W. Brewer, Logan
Appointed by Gov. Michael Leavitt
January 2003 to March 2006

Katharine Coles, Salt Lake City
Appointed by Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
March 2006 to April 2012

Lance Larsen, Springville
Appointed by Gov. Gary R. Herbert
April 2012 to April 2017