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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.

 

Designers may apply for DesignArts Utah ’18 at https://utahartsmuseums.submittable.com/submit

One professional design/designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two student designers selected as Juror’s Student Award Winners will each receive a $500 award.


The DesignArts Program is pleased to announce Christine Gaspar as juror for DesignArts Utah ’18 exhibition, September 10 to October 19, 2018, at the Rio Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City.

Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. She partners with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues from zoning law to sewage infrastructure. The projects are designed with and for advocacy organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on important social justice issues. The projects have been featured in art and design contexts such as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial, PS-1, and the Venice Biennale, and recognized with a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Institutional Achievement, the Curry Stone Design Prize, and the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Christine has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and community planning services to low-income communities of color recovering from Hurricane Katrina. She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.”

More about Ms. Gaspar and her work:
http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/people/christine-gaspar/
http://sir.tv/profile/christine-gaspar
https://civic.mit.edu/blog/schock/linking-designers-and-organizers-christine-gaspar-center-for-urban-pedagogy

Please feel free to refer any questions to Jim Glenn jglenn@utah.gov 801.245.7271 or Lisa Greenhalgh lggreenhalgh@utah.gov or 801.245.7270

We are honored to again partner with Craft Lake City in the promotion of and support of Utah’s design community!

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DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

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

2017

Juror: Brooke Hodge joined Palm Springs Art Museum as Director of Architecture and Design in June 2016 after serving as Deputy Director at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from July 2014-May 2016.

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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

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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

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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 Catalog

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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 Utah 
AIGA Salt Lake City
ASLA Utah
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week


Questions?

Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271

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Fellowships for Visual Arts Excellence in Utah

Each year, two $10,000 Fellowships are awarded to individual visual artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Artists practicing in a variety of media – such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres – are eligible. Fellowship awards do not require matching funds.

Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their practice through quality images and documentation. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program.

2018 Visual Art Fellows

Read the Juror’s Statement

Lenka Konopasek
Salt Lake City, UT

Lenka Konopasek was born in the Czech Republic where she attended School of Applied Arts in Prague. After immigrating to the United States, she received BFA degree from University of Utah and MFA degree from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She attended artist residencies in Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Art Institute and Little Falls, Minnesota. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally. She also completed several large public art projects in Utah. Her work has been featured in the New American Painting, Studio Visit Magazine and in other publications. Lenka has been involved in co-owning an art gallery in Salt Lake City and Denver, and working for the Salt Lake Art Center, Visual Art Institute and Utah Arts Festival. Konopasek currently teaches studio art at the University of Utah and Westminster College.
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D. McGarren Flack
St. George, UT

D. McGarren Flack was introduced to art at Utah Valley University while striving to obtain his prerequisites for medical school. After taking the drawing class his life’s focus changed to creating art. He started painting fall 2002 at Brigham Young University in the Illustration program and earned his BFA in 2005. Flack was then accepted into the Masters of Fine Art program at the University of Utah and graduated in 2008. Since that time he has painted full time and is now currently an Assistant Professor at Dixie State University along with being an active Paramedic.
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2018 Visual Art Fellowship Juror

Janet Dees is the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University. Prior to her appointment at the Block in September 2015, she was curator at SITE Santa Fe, where she had held various curatorial positions since 2008.  Dees was apart of the curatorial team for the inaugural SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas biennial, and has curated exhibitions and produced new commissions with a wide variety of artists including Kristine Aono, Jamison Chas Banks, Gregory Crewdson, Amy Cutler, Leonardo Drew, Shan Goshorn, Deborah Grant, Ann Hamilton, Harmony Hammond, Samantha Hill, Linda Mary Montano, McCallum & Tarry, Sarah Oppenheimer, Mary Reid Kelley, Dario Robleto, Rose B. Simpson and Marie Watt among others. Her writing has been featured in publications for SITE Santa Fe, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and Radius Books, among others. She earned a B.A. from Fordham University in Art History & African-American Studies, and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Delaware.

2018 Fellowship Guidelines

Past Recipients 1986-2017

Fellowship Video Profiles

In partnership with “Artists of Utah-15 Bytes,” we have produce short artist profiles of the recipients as part of the award. Please see the links below to some of the videos we’ve produced of our recent fellowship recipients.

Questions?

Contact Felicia Baca at fbaca@utah.gov or 801.245.7272

 

Public Art

Public art is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it goes 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 the artists and architects who create them.

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:

We have no projects open at this time. Check back as we expect to be opening projects for Mountainland Technical College, Davis Technical College and Utah State University.

Projects in process:

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – Artists commissioned: Day Christensen and Chad Farnes

Utah State University Life Sciences – Artists commissioned: Amy Landesberg, and Mark Pomilio,

Southern Utah University School of Business – Artist commissioned:  Gordon Huether 

Utah Department of Environmental Quality – Artist commissioned: Day Christensen

4th District Courts – Provo – Artist commissioned: Lyle London

Utah Valley University Performing Arts Center – Artists commissioned: Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack

Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Campus – Artist commissioned: Volkan Alkanoglu

Utah State Archives expansion project – Artist commissioned: Kana Tanaka

Uintah Basin Technical College – Artist commissioned: Scot Olson 

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Finalists: Dardinelle TroenJimenez LaiRoberly Bell, and Tim Watkins 

Dixie State University Human Performance Center – Under Selection Committee review

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

Moab ArTTrails is seeking sculptors to submit works to be considered for its second annual sculpture exhibition. Up to ten artists will be selected to display their sculptures in downtown Moab, Utah for a year. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium and two nights lodging the weekend of October 12-14. A Purchase Award for a piece valued up to $10,000 and a $1000 Peoples Choice prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.
Budget: Total awards $16,000 – Deadline: August 18, 2018

Tunnel Murals: McPolin Farm – Park City Municipal Corporation (“PCMC”) is seeking proposals for public art for a Park City pedestrian and bicycle tunnel known as the McPolin/224 connector. Art on tunnel surfaces connects and reflects Park City’s community by creating vibrancy and enhancing walkability. The piece that is selected for the McPolin/224 connector should promote the history and cultural value of the area, specifically the McPolin Farm. *This project requires uncompensated completion of preliminary design(s) as part of the application process*
Budget: $10,000 – Deadline: August 24, 2018


National & International Public Art Opportunities

City of Phoenix Well Sites [Phoenix, AZ] The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with City of Phoenix Water Service Department, is seeking professional artists to work with the community to design improvements at 6 City of Phoenix Well Sites at multiple locations throughout the city of Phoenix. Enhancements will serve to improve the appearance, safety and security of each site.
Budget: $35,000 – Deadline: August 20, 2018

Black Wall Street Gardens [Durham, NC] The City of Durham invites professional artists or artist
teams to submit qualifications to design, fabricate, and install a signature, permanent piece of public art in Black Wall Street Gardens in downtown Durham, NC. The piece is to commemorate and illuminate the importance of Black Wall Street and the legacy of Durham’s African American business community.
Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: August 20, 2018

Fuquay-Varina & Morrisville Community Libraries [Wake County, NC] Wake County seeks to commission a professional artist to create a site-specific exterior art work to be placed outside of two public library projects. Wake County has elected to commission both projects to a single artist for the purposes of efficiency due to similar project schedules.
Budget: $79,000 – Deadline: August 23, 2018

City of Charlotte Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program [Charlotte, NC] The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from artists for a public art opportunity at Five Points Plaza and the West Trade Underpass Enhancement projects in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Budget: $450,000 – Deadline: August 24, 2018

Preserve Boulevard Improvement Project [Eden Prairie, MN] The City of Eden Prairie is excited to invite artists to submit applications to be considered for a public art project in coordination with a
major boulevard reconstruction.  There will be multiple locations within and near the boulevard for site-specific work, such as medians and open areas at each end of the street.
Budget: $130,000 – Deadline: August 26, 2018

Tricentennial Artwork  [San Antonio, TX] Bexar County has engaged the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) to assist them in selecting an artist for a commission to install a permanent public artwork at the newly opened San Pedro Creek Culture Park in downtown San Antonio, TX. The Tricentennial Artwork will serve as a signature work of art for the Park and commemorate the Tricentennial of Bexar County and the City of San Antonio.
Budget: $425,000 – Deadline: August 30, 2018

Melrose Library Patio Art [Roanoke, VA]  The City of Roanoke VA is accepting applications from artists or teams of artists who would like to be considered for a permanent work of art to be on or embedded into the plaza of the new Melrose Library.
Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2018

Indiana State University – College of Public Health [Terre Haute, IN] The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) seeks an artist to provide a work of art for the new CHHS building on the West side of Indiana State University (ISU). The final work will exemplify the focus of the college on the health and wellbeing of humankind and will engage the public, students, faculty and staff.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: September 3, 2018

Interactive Public Art Plaza [Boynton Beach, FL] An interactive public art plaza project for the new City of Boynton Beach Town Square designed for all abilities, ages and demographics to engage and connect.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: September 4, 2018

Unviersity of Florida – Career Resource Center [Gainesville, FL] Reitz Union Career Resource Center serves as the bridge from the educational experience to the work world for University of Florida students. This enhanced facility will continue to provide nationally recognized services to students, employers and campus partners.
Budget: $51,856 – Deadline: September 7, 2018

City of Boynton Beach Police facility  [Boynton, FL]  A public art project for the new police facility in Boynton, FL that reflects the department’s beliefs: “Preserve the sanctity of public trust and build strong community relationships.”
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline September 7, 2018

Reimagine Phoenix: Transforming Textile Waste Public Art Project [Phoenix, AZ] The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program is requesting qualifications from artists to create new works that spark forward thinking as part of a citywide campaign promoting responsible textile consumption and recycling. Artists will be selected for up to three opportunities.
Total Budget: $150,000 [$25,000 Each]- Deadline: September 10, 2018

Colorado State – Health Education Outreach Center [Fort Collins, CO] Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating a site-specific exterior public artwork or series of artworks for Colorado State University’s new Health Education Outreach Center, located along its Science Quad.
Budget: $130,000 – Deadline: September 10, 2018

Atlanta Public Library [Atlanta, GA] Fulton County Arts & Culture Public Arts Program invites experienced professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create original and site-responsive public artworks using the theme of ‘Light and Enlightenment’ for the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library Branch, part of the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System.
Total Budget: $246,000 – Deadline: September 20, 2018

University of Florida – Laboratory for Engineering Excellence [Gainsville, FL] Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence (NEXUS Engineering), is transforming the heart of campus into a home and headquarters for the New Engineer. This will be our flagship building: an 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art research and educational environment. Investing in people, places, and programs.
Budget: $95,500 – Deadline: September 21, 2018

Downtown Rotary Sculpture Garden [Reno, NV]The City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, in collaboration with The Reno Downtown Rotary, is seeking sculpture for purchase and installation in Bicentennial Park. The Project is open to artists in a western regional area encompassing Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona with experience in public art projects.
Total Project Budget: $80,000 – Deadline: September 21, 2018 

Prequalified Artist Pool [Palo Alto, CA] The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool for upcoming public art opportunities. A list of eligible artists selected for the Prequalified Pool will be used by the Palo Alto Public Art Program staff will to recommend appropriate applicants for a range of permanent and temporary public art opportunities.
Budget: Various – Deadline: September 23, 2018

Art for New City of Georgetown TX Buildings [Georgetown, TX] The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for the new City Hall and Municipal Court. Three areas have been identified for artwork. A theme has not been selected for the spaces to allow each artist an opportunity to present their own unique vision for the space.
Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2018

University Boulevard/Merrill Road Roundabout  [Jacksonville University -Jacksonville, FL]  and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville seek an artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a large scale, dynamic, site-specific artwork for a newly constructed roundabout. Located at the intersection of University Boulevard and Merrill Road the location of the main entrance to the JU campus.
Budget: $225,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2018

Colony West Hotel Bas Relief Wall Mural [Tamarac, FL] The City of Tamarac, Florida is seeking to commission an artist or artist team to create a bas relief wall mural of significant size and quality to be located in the new Colony West Club House.
Budget: $45,000 – Deadline: October 9, 2018

Southeastern Louisiana University- Computer Science and Technology Building  [Hammond, LA] The Percent for Art Program is seeking artists or artist teams to design and implement two (2) site-specific sculptures or installations of original design for the Computer Science and Technology Building, Southeastern Louisiana University.
Budget: $50,000 & $100,000 – Deadline: November 8, 2018

Questions?

Contact Jim Glenn | jglenn@utah.gov | 801.245.7271

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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.                            

  • POL uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Every school winner or individual student (if home-schooled or individually participating) must compete at a regional level competition. Regional competitions take place throughout February. Each region will advance one winner to the state final competition in March.
  • For details regarding Utah’s POL activities, email Jean Irwin at jirwin@utah.gov or call 801-236-7557.
  • For full details on the national poetry recitation competition, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.
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.

2018 Poetry Out Loud

The state finals for Poetry Out Loud were held on March 14 at co-host Westminster College’s Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Our Utah Poet Laureate, Paisley Rekdal, greeted the audience with some insightful comments about the role of poetry:

“Poetry isn’t meant to do something for us: only we can save ourselves. Only we act, and the poems we love give language to what we feel, what we believe, how we want to live in the world. That in itself is not nothing: poems, even if they have no obvious power, provide their readers with a kind of companionship on their journey to changing themselves. Poems make nothing happen, but a lifetime of reading poems has made me the person that I am. They’ve made me more willing to see myself connected to other people, to other moments of time. They’ve deepened my awareness of history, and place, they’ve shaped my beliefs, and they’ve fueled my hopes. That is the true power of art: it helps to make us the most aware, most vibrant humans that we can be.”

Rebecca Akec of Judge Memorial Catholic High School took home top honors. She received $200 and travel expenses to represent Utah at the national championship April 23-25 in Washington, D.C. Her school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-up Rain Flower Tanner of The Waterford School received $100, with $200 for her school library. Poetry Out Loud awards a $20,000 college scholarship to the national champion.

Approximately 25 high schools, 3,726 students, and 86 teachers in Utah participated in Poetry Out Loud activities and competed in school and regional competitions around the state. Students recited works they selected from an anthology of nearly 600 classic and contemporary poems.


Past Winners

  • 2017 – Ben Engel, Skyline High School, Salt Lake City
  • 2016 – Tessa Thornley, Bear River High School, Garland
  • 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, Logan (placed 3rd in National Competition)

“Utah 2013: Mixed Media & Works on Paper” at Rio Gallery – 8 Oct 2013

Utah Arts & Museums will host its annual statewide exhibition “Utah 2013: Mixed Media & Works on Paper” at the Rio Gallery (Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City) October 18 – November 22, 2013 with a public reception on Friday, October 18 from 6-9 p.m.

“This year, Utah Arts & Museums received more than 400 works from 210 artists,” noted Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Of those, our two guest jurors chose 84 pieces by 57 artists. We’re always impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions, and we’d like to thank all the artists who submitted their work.”

This year’s jurors were Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Simon Zalkind, an independent curator based in Denver, Colorado. The jurors chose six artists to receive cash awards along with two honorable mentions. The winners will be announced at the reception on October 18. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and exhibition catalogs are available at no charge.

“Artists who live and work in Utah accept their relative isolation from the major urban centers where the contemporary art world buzzes and thrives. This can be, as the works in this exhibition demonstrate, a good thing,” said Zalkind. “The artists whose work I had the pleasure to encounter don’t appear to acknowledge any urgency to conform to a particular market’s expectations, but rather have evolved within themselves, incorporating the assumptions of international modernism but also developing wonderfully original and eccentric voices.”

Becker added, “It is true that some artwork in this exhibition, as in the broader world today, is focused on aesthetic pleasure and poetic experience, while other works are motivated by revealing social and political realities that might otherwise remain mute — and it is this hybrid understanding of art in its complexity that guided our selection as jurors.”

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 2018 Utah Original Writing Competition closed June 22. Many thanks to all who entered! The winners will be announced in the fall.

For reference only, here are the 2018 guidelines.

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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Participation Call for Poetry Out Loud – 11 Sept 2013

“To have great poets, there must be great audiences, too.”

—Walt Whitman

Utah Arts & Museums invites all educators in Utah’s secondary schools to encourage students to participate in Poetry Out Loud (POL). The state competition is presented by Utah Arts & Museums. Poetry Out Loud is a national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that encourages students in grades 9-12 to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

In each state, Poetry Out Loud begins at the classroom or school level. Classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition, school winners advance to a regional competition, and regional winners advance to the state finals. The Utah champion competes in Washington, D.C. at the national finals, April 30 and May 1, 2014. Awards totaling $50,000 go to first-, second-, third-place and honorable-mention winners, as well as supporting the purchase of poetry books for represented schools.

Students from schools not associated with an accessible region compete at a preliminary competition held the day of the state finals. Participating schools must register and complete their school-wide competition by February 7, 2014. Regional competitions will end by February 21, 2014. The Utah State Final Competition is at 7:00 p.m. March 12, 2014, at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

“Utah has had four finalists in the national top nine,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Last year, Devin Jones of West Jordan High School received an honorable mention at the national finals. We’re very proud of our students who compete and excel in this wonderful program.”

In 2012, senior MarKaye Hassan of Logan High School competed against 53 state and territory champions. Hassan received the third-place prize and a $5,000 award, and was invited to return to Washington, D.C., to recite at the National Book Festival. In 2008, Skyline High School senior Madison Niermeyer also placed third at the national competition and received a $5,000 scholarship award. Niermeyer was contacted by noted Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti to congratulate her on her recitation of his poem “I Am Waiting.”

For information on participating, call 801.533.5760 or e-mail pol@utah.gov.

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. A $1,000 best in show award is given to one artist, as well as six $600 jurors’ awards. Jurors also select two honorable mentions.

STATEWIDE ANNUAL 2018

CRAFT • PHOTOGRAPHY • VIDEO/DIGITAL WORKS

November 16, 2018 – January 11, 2018 at the Rio Gallery
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101 M-F 8-5

Important Dates for Statewide Annual 2018:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 21 – October 22

DROP OFF AT RIO GALLERY: October 23 – 24, 8am – 5pm 

OPENING RECEPTION: November 16, 6 – 9pm 

FULL GUIDELINES FOR 2018

2018 Jurors

DEBRA KLOMP CHING, Brooklyn, NY Co-Director of Klompching Gallery

Debra Klomp Ching is the co-owner of the Klompching Gallery. She has been working with photography since the 1980s—is an experienced curator, portfolio reviewer, private consultant, lecturer, writer, and art dealer. She holds a B.A. (Honors) in Photographic Studies, and an M.A. in Critical History and Theory of Photography. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the School of Visual Arts in NYC and is active as a juror/judge for numerous photography awards, including the recent LensCulture International Emerging Talent Awards (2017) and the 2018 San Francisco Bay International Photography Show, among others.

 

MIGUEL ARZABE, San Francisco, CA

Miguel Arzabe is a San Francisco-based visual artist who works across media, including painting, video, and paper weaving. Arzabe’s work has been featured in such festivals as Hors Pistes (Centre Pompidou, Paris) and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal); and in museums and galleries including RM Projects (Auckland), FIFI Projects (Mexico City), Marylhurst University (Oregon), Berkeley Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has held many residencies including Facebook AIR, Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, and Santa Fe Art Institute. He holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS from Arizona State University, and an MFA from UC Berkeley.

 


Past Exhibition Catalogs

Painting, Sculpture, and Installation ’17

 

 

 

 

 

 

swa-imageMixed Media & Works on Paper ’16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWA CoverCraft, Photography & Video/Digital Works ’15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWA 2014Painting & Sculpture ’14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

am_ops_comp_statewide_catlog_13Mixed Media & Works on Paper ’13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Statewide Annual Competition CatalogCraft, Photography & Video/Digital Works ’12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Statewide Annual CatalogPainting & Sculpture ’11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Statewide Annual CatalogMixed Media & Works on Paper ’10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Contact Felicia Baca at fbaca@utah.gov or 801.245.7272

Statewide Annual Visual Arts Competition Call for Entries – 3 Sept 2013

Artworks in Mixed Media & Works on Paper Are Eligible

Utah Arts & Museums announces the call for submissions to the “Utah 2013: Mixed Media & Works on Paper” competition and exhibition. Submissions for this annual statewide competition will be received at the Rio Gallery at the Rio Grande Depot (300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101) on Thursday and Friday, September 19 and 20, 2013 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Digital submissions are available for artists who live a great distance from the gallery or who are submitting large works that are difficult to transport.

“The Statewide Annual theme rotates each year between mixed media and works on paper; craft and photography; and painting and sculpture,” noted Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “It’s a terrific opportunity for artists to gain exposure for their work.”

All artists age 18 and older working in mixed media and works on paper are encouraged to apply. “Mixed media” works consist of any two- or three-dimensional work where two or more media are used. “Works on paper” refers to printmaking, drawing, and pastel on paper. Please note that traditional photography on paper should be submitted to the “Craft & Photography” competition, and paintings on paper should be submitted to the “Painting & Sculpture” competition.

The artwork will be juried by two esteemed arts professionals: Lisa Tamiris Becker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Simon Zalkind of Denver, Colorado. Those juried into the exhibition will have their work on display at the Rio Gallery from October 18 – November 22, 2013. The jurors will award six artists who show excellence in their media with $500. All inquiries concerning the competition and exhibition should be made to Visual Arts Manager Laura Durham, 801.245.7270 or ldurham@utah.gov. Artists must register online to participate in the exhibition. The registration form, full bios of the jurors, and other information can be found at www.statewideannual.org.