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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


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:

Uintah Basin Technical College – Welding – Artists are invited to submit letters of interest and qualifications to create site specific artwork for the new Welding Facility at UB Tech in Roosevelt, Utah. The Selection Committee suggests the artist(s) might consider the the craft, creativity and practical contributions skilled welders can and do have, or the ancient and more recent history of this part of Utah or the magnificent landscape of the High Uintas Wilderness surrounding Roosevelt. This project is open to resident American and legal resident artists / artist teams residing in the Western United States to include: Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Apply via post or CaFE.org
Budget: $24,000 – Deadline: May 31, 2018

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind –  Artists are invited to submit letters of interest and qualifications to create site specific artwork(s) for the new Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind facility in Springville, Utah. The facility will provide a full-time preschool, elementary and junior high school, and will host elementary aged life skills programs and school performances. The Art Selection Committee is interested in an artist’s possible contribution for sensory / tactile / interactive / kinetic / play experiences for students. American and legal resident artists / artists teams are eligible to apply. Apply via post or CaFE.org
Budget: $71,400 – Deadline: June 8, 2018

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

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources – Artists commissioned: Dan Gerhart, and Mark Hofeling/Matias Alvarez

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

Utah State Archives expansion project – Artists submissions in review

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

The Jordan River Reactivation & Riparian Restoration Project seeks to restore, highlight and reactivate a formerly neglected area along the Jordan River in Salt Lake City and to highlight the site where Red Butte Creek, Emigration Creek, and Parleys Creek merge with the Jordan River. The site, known as the Three Creeks Confluence, is a unique geographic location within the Jordan River watershed and provides an opportunity to establish a green infrastructure asset along the Jordan River corridor, Jordan River Parkway Trail, and within the Glendale neighborhood. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is specifically seeking artists to work collaboratively with the design team to produce permanent works of art that will allow the community to interpret the environmental and social history of the site. Open to professional artists or artist-led teams residing in Utah.
Budget: $70,000 – Deadline: May 22, 2018

Salt Lake County Announces Two Public Art Opportunities – Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists both local (Utah) and national who are interested in participating in an open competition for the following work(s) of public art for the new Salt Lake County Mid-Valley Performing Art Center located at 2600 West Taylorsville Boulevard, Taylorsville, Utah. Located in the central part of the Salt Lake Valley and 9 miles from Salt Lake City, this nearly 80,000 square foot facility, slated to open in the late summer of 2020 offers new opportunities for arts groups in Taylorsville and surrounding cities. The venue includes: a 400-seat proscenium theater; a 250-seat multi-form studio theater; and rehearsal and event spaces.
Exterior – Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: May 24, 2018
Interior – Budget: $80,000 – Deadline: May 24, 2018

Park City Municipal Corporation (“PCMC”) is looking for Artist(s)/Teams to beautify utility boxes for the EmPOWERment Public Art Utility Box Project. Project goals include creating vibrancy on public utility infrastructure around Park City and engaging the community through visual art in ways that align with City Council’s critical priority of Energy. PCMC seeks proposals from Artist(s)/Teams to submit two-dimensional artwork that coincides with the EmPOWERment theme. Original artwork will be reproduced through a printing services company, and installed onto utility boxes throughout Park City. This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application process.
Budget: $400 Honorarium – Deadline: June 1, 2018

 


National & International Public Art Opportunities

The city of Ketchum, Idaho invites experienced artists to apply for Ketchum’s summer sculpture exhibition, “Art on Fourth.” Original three-dimensional artwork by selected artists will be displayed in outdoor public spaces along Ketchum’s Fourth Street Heritage Corridor from June through October 2018.
Budget: $2,000 Stipend – Deadline: May 18, 2018

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)   This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processThe University of Illinois Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) to recognized professional artists, artisans, or artist-led teams, to create permanent original public artwork for the interior of the new Illinois Street Residence Dining Facility “Main Street” area.
Budget: $240,000 – Deadline: May 24, 2018

The Rochester Public Library is renovating the Rundel Terrace above its riverfront and is seeking an artist to create public art as part of the renovation.
Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: May 25, 2018

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with The AIDS Memorial Pathway (The AMP), community representatives, and a range of City agencies, will select a professional artist or artist team to work with a design team to develop, plan, and scope artworks and art concepts for a community-driven memorial project honoring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Seattle and King County.
Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: May 29, 2018

Google Charleston East Campus This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processBurning Man Project is pleased to announce an opportunity for artists to create artwork for the City of Mountain View’s Charleston East public plaza — site of the City’s new public park and Google’s new Charleston East campus.
Budget: $250,000 – Deadline May 29, 2018 

Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC dba Great Park Neighborhoods requests written proposals to secure artists for various sculpture installations in the upcoming Great Park Neighborhoods Art Walk.
Budget: $30,000 – Deadline: May 30, 2018

The Norfolk Public Art Commission and the Elizabeth River Trail Chelsea District Planning Committee seek to commission an artist to design and create artwork. The Elizabeth River Trail is an urban bike and pedestrian path providing recreational and educational opportunities as well as an alternate mode of transportation.
Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: May 31, 2018

The University of Illinois at Chicago Fine Arts Review Committee requests qualifications from artists interested in creating a site-specific public sculpture in the Engineering Innovation Building on the UIC campus (currently under construction.)
Budget: $95,000 – Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a public art opportunity for Mecklenburg County’s Pearl Street Park Renovation. ASC is seeking artists or teams of artists with a demonstrated record of integrating artwork in a natural setting, while responding to specific site history and community input.
Budget: $265,200 – Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Public Art League (PAL) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois is seeking artists to display sculptures in our community. This opportunity is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience. This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application process.
Budget: $2500 Honorarium – June 1, 2018

Thresher Complex historic building renovation, located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, needs a large signature sculpture to be prominently displayed on the wall behind the front desk on the first floor of the building. This project is open to all artists residing in the United States.
Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: June 4, 2018

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program seeks artist(s) or artist team(s) to design an outdoor artwork for the main terrace and an indoor artwork for the lobby area of the Vermont Corridor Building, a new facility for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Total Budget: $850,000 – Deadline June 4, 2018

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), will commission one artist/artist team to design, fabricate and install an integrated, outdoor two-part artwork at the Ship Canal Water Quality Project Fremont site location. The artwork will have two points of installation on either side of the bridge over the Ship Canal/Fremont Cut, one on the Fremont side and the other on the Queen Anne side.
Budget: $180,000 – Deadline June: 12, 2018

The Art in Architecture (AIA) Program of the University of Illinois Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Request for Direct Purchase of Artwork (RDPA). Professional artists are invited to submit images of available work to be considered for the permanent original public art at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). This call seeks art for the Law Building Classroom Revitalization Renovation in Champaign, Illinois.
Budget: $30,000 – Deadline: June 15, 2018

Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists and professional artist teams for multiple original and site-specific art commissions as part of the Terminal Lobby Expansion (TLE) Public Art Program at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). This call is open to all professional artists in the U.S. and internationally.
Budget: Various (Total Project $3,390,000) – Deadline: June 15, 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 will close June 22 at 5 p.m. Here are the 2018 guidelines, which contain the link to the online submission form. Please read through the entire guidelines before submitting.

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 2017

PAINTING • SCULPTURE • INSTALLATION

November 17, 2017 – January 12, 2018 at the Rio Gallery
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101 M-F 8-5

Please join us for the opening reception of Utah ’17. This year we received a record number of entries, totaling over 500 works of art. 69 artists were selected by Juors Zhi Lin and Jan Schall.

 

Artists include:

Trent Alvey
Paige Anderson
Paul Anderson
Emily Dyer Barker
Gary Barton
John Bell
Erin Berrett
Lacee Black
Marcee Blackerby
Colby Brewer
Linnie Brown
Erik Brunvand
Jon Burton
Virginia Catherall
Cody Chamberlain
Brian Christensen
Aerin Collett
Mark Crenshaw
Paul Crow
Al Denyer
Courtney Derrick
Madison Donnelly
Downy Doxey-Marshall
Jonathan Frioux
Megan Gibbons
Jethro Gillespie
Ellie Goldrup
Joshua Graham
Gary Hall
Bailey Hatcher
Jim Jacobs
Lexi Johnson
Brian Jorgensen
Rebecca Klundt
Lenka Konopasek
Mariko Kowalski
Susan Krueger-Barber
Jason Lanegan
Skylar Liu Chang
Katherine Mahoney
Susan Makov
Colleen Marshall
Jim Martinez
Jazmine Martinez
Ryan Moffett
Grant Nielson
Joseph Ostraff
Sarah Peterson
Jody Plant
Rebecca Pletsch
Susie Polychronis
Nick Rees
Adam Rees
Laura Romero
Wren Ross
Sally Rydalch
Colby Sanford
Kelly Seim
John Sproul
Heather Stamenov
Cindy Stapleton
B. Rex Stewart
Claire Taylor
Jenna von Benedikt
Jared Walker
Yufen Wei
Justin Wheatley
Wendy Wischer
Stephen Wolochowicz

 

 

Statewide Annual 2017 Jurors:

Jan Schall is the Sanders Sosland Curator, Modern Art, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. She holds a doctorate in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2000, Schall organized the National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Projects exhibition, Tempus Fugit: Time Flies, and produced both its accompanying catalogue and award-winning website. She curated World War I and the Rise of Modernism; Roxy Paine: Scumaks and Dendroids (accompanying catalogue); Magnificent Gifts for the 75th; Kiki Smith: Constellation; Bonjour Picasso!; Inventing the Shuttlecocks; Bowery Nation: Brad Kahlhamer; zach houston: poemstore; the seven-part Re: Installation series; and nine prints and drawings exhibitions. Schall co-curated Sparks! The William T. Kemper Collecting Initiative and co-authored its accompanying catalogue (with Robert Storr). Schall oversaw the renovation and reinstallation of the museum’s Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and developed and implemented both the program and installation of the modern and contemporary collection in the expanded museum. She was a contributing author to (Im)Permanence: Cultures in/out of Time (Carnegie Mellon University), The Sublimated City (University of Missouri), Zhi Lin: Crossing History/Crossing Cultures (Frye Art Museum), Roxy Paine: Ferment and A Labyrinth for the Park (both Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) and other publications. Formerly a professor of art history at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Schall’s research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Zhi Lin is an artist who has shown his work in many museums in the United States, United Kingdom, and China, including the Princeton University Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Frye Art Museum, the University College London Art Museum, the Cambridge University, and the Contemporary Arts Institute in London among many others. Lin’s work is included in the collections of the Princeton University Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Oxford University Ashmolean Museum, the University College London Art Museum, and the National Fine Art Museum of China in Beijing. Currently, his work is represented by the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Seattle. Lin has been the recipient of many prestigious national and international recognitions including the Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University, Creative Capital Foundation Grant in Painting, Art Matters Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Painting, and the NEA/Midwest Regional Artist’s Project Grant. His works were reviewed and published by many national and international publications, among them the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Artnews, Art in America, American Arts Quarterly, Artweek, American Artist Magazine, and Art Review. Zhi Lin is currently a Professor of Painting & Drawing at the University of Washington in the School of Art + Art History + Design and Affiliated Faculty at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington since 2001.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Questions?

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.