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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

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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 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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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.

2017 Fellowship Guidelines

2017 Visual Art Fellows

Jonathan Frioux received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and BFA from Brigham Young University. In the last 4 years he has taught in the Department of Visual Arts at Brigham Young University and Weber State University. Currently his work is inspired by abstract painting, spirituality, and the ocean – forms like billowing sails, longitude and latitude lines and broken nets make up most of his compositions. Along with these lined backdrops additional subjects and narratives are introduced with the goal of creating a condition of simultaneity, anticipation and spatial wonder.

www.jonathanfrioux.com

 

 

 

Jean Richardson is a Scottish Artist and Educator living and making art in Utah. She identifies mostly as a Scot despite being as a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States. Her work is a direct response to her relationship to place and the conflict of feeling both lost and found within a place. Her sculptures and installations made from her collections of commonplace objects explore the dichotomy of displacement and belonging. Jean received her BA(Hons) in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland. She then moved to the US to continue her art education at Brigham Young University, where she received her MFA in Studio Art. Jean has also researched, exhibited and taught in a variety of countries, including Israel, Spain, Tonga, and New Zealand. Her many travels have and continue to
influence her art practice. Banner image (Jean Richardson, Brollie Ball, 2014)

jean-richardson.com


2017 Visual Art Fellowship Juror Statement

I am honored to have served as the 2017 Visual Art Fellowship Juror for Utah Arts & Museums, and to become acquainted with the local arts community. Having recently moved from the Midwest to Arizona I am especially interested in exploring what motivates contemporary artists of the West. My personal experience with my new home, having only lived in Phoenix for 15 months, is one of fascination with the landscape. The sense of wide open spaces, endless horizons, beautiful desert plants and gorgeous red rocks stand in stark relief to what is found in the rest of the United States. Utah and Arizona are physically connected by this landscape. Nonetheless, as artists and curators living in these gorgeous places we struggle with trying to compete this natural beauty. As a contemporary curator I constantly struggle with the question, what beyond beauty can art offer and what is our responsibility to our communities and to ourselves? To run counterpoint to pure aesthetics, to question, to advocate, or to simply react, is perhaps the most critical obligation that contemporary art has to the world.

As the sole juror, I was pleased to get a sense of the artistic territory of contemporary artists living in Utah. A strong diversity of materials, gestures and cultures gave me a profound sense of a community wholly committed to the practice of art making. I felt an instant connection with the work of Jean Richardson. Feelings of isolation, or as she states, “the dichotomy of displacement and belonging” resonated very deeply with my current world view. Her video “Every Now And Then I Fall Apart,” seemed to poetically articulate a profound feeling of loneliness that we all feel either metaphorically or in actual fact through a very thoughtful and open ended way. It’s very difficult to effectively articulate through purely visual means these complex emotions and I feel her work did this through the conceptually-tight vocabulary of performance and sculpture. I linked aspects of Richardson’s recent work to the practice of Jonathan Frioux and his interest in abstract painting. Here there was an almost physical and formal correspondence through bodies of water that are used to singular ends. The instability of the ocean is used as a formal challenge to the traditional notion of the grid in Frioux’s paintings. This conceptual framework surprised me yet I fully bought into the originality of his investigation and practice. I must also acknowledge the work of Cara Krebs and Mary Sauer who each brought originality and rigor to their respective practices. In closing I want to thank all of the artists who submitted their work for consideration. Now more than ever we need to be fearless and willing to go over the edge for what we believe, and I appreciate your willingness to participate in the cultural conversation of our time. – Gilbert Vicario,

Gilbert Vicario is The Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum since October 2015. Prior to joining the Phoenix Art Museum he was senior curator and division head for curatorial affairs at the Des Moines Art Center since 2009. Vicario has extensive international experience working with artists and organizing exhibitions that present artwork from around the globe; experience working in major encyclopedic museums; a passion for exploring ideas that show links between historical works and contemporary art; and an interest in Latin American and Latino Art. He holds a masters in curatorial studies from Bard College.

Past Recipients 1986 – 2016

Fellowship Video Profiles

In partnership with “Artists of Utah-15 Bytes,” we 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:

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is constructing new facilities in Syracuse and Herriman, Utah to offer a convenient and comfortable venue for customers. As part of this effort the UDABC has made a commitment to include public art and interesting architecture.  It is the intention of the Art Committee to commission new work or purchase existing art for the site.
American and legal resident artists in the western United States (Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming) are eligible for this project. Submissions accepted via CaFE.
Budget: Syracuse and Herriman $25,000 each – Deadline: December 18, 2017

Projects in process:

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

University of Utah Crocker Science Center – Artist commissioned: Hypersonic Studio,

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

Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence – Artists commissioned:
Crystal Schenk/Shelby Davis

Juvenile Justice Services Ogden – Artists commissioned: David Griggs

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

There are no other Utah projects listed with our office at this time.

 


National & International Public Art Opportunities

 

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (NC) Public Art Commission is seeking an artist or
artist team to design artwork for a water tank in the city of Winston-Salem. The tank is
located along a major thoroughfare five miles south of downtown and is visible to
approximately 25,000 drivers a day. There has been recent community interest in
locating a city park on the land immediately surrounding the water tank. Should a park
be located here in the future, the proposed artwork could serve as inspiration for the
park’s theme.
Budget: $38,000  – Deadline: December 15, 2017

The City of Alameda would like to invite artists and/or artist teams to submit their proposals to create physical public art in the Alameda community. These services would be provided through an award from the City of Alameda, and will be funded through the Alameda Public Art fund.The Public Art Commission is seeking to fund artwork of different scales and lifetimes in a wide variety of locations within the City. This RFP therefore includes five different award levels up to the following amounts:
Budget: $150,000 – $50,000 award – $25,000 awards – $12,500 award
Deadline: December 19, 2017

The City of Golden is seeking a qualified artist to create an original three dimensional work of entryway art that will provide a clear sense of arrival and a tone for the overall design quality in Golden.  Landscaping, trees, and architectural elements could also be considered.  
Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: January 1, 2018

The Todman Family Foundation and Lakeland Health are currently seeking proposals for a single, transformative work of art for installation within Lakeland Health’s new $160 million Medical Pavilion (Pavilion) under construction in St Joseph Michigan. With this RFP, artists or artist-led teams’ world-wide are invited to present a concept for the design, creation, and installation of a permanent piece of public artwork in the Pavilion. Responding artists will need to research the commission and submit a letter of interest that explains what interests them about this project and demonstrate their understanding of the intent and goals of Lakeland for the artwork. Responding artists must submit a full project proposal including a fully conceived idea along with enough additional information including but not limited to drawings, sketches, photographs, maquettes and any other graphic and written description which will help with the evaluation of the work.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Albuquerque Arts Board and its Sawmill Art Selection Committee have initiated a national open competition , 1% for Art project to commission a large-scale, site-specific outdoor Work of Art for the Sawmill Community Land Trust, located near Albuquerque’s Old Town/Museum district.
Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Wyoming State Capitol building was closed to the public in 2016 and is currently undergoing a largescale renovation (Capitol Square Project) that is slated for completion in spring of 2019. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.The central rotunda of the Capitol contains four niches on the third level that are visible from all levels of the rotunda. The State of Wyoming is seeking four human figure based, cast bronze or carved stone sculptures for the niches that are allegorical and based on Wyoming attributes and values.
Budget: TBD – Deadline: February 1, 2018

Art aRound Town is one of the premier outdoor sculpture shows in Colorado. Artists’ work will be showcased prominently for one year along the streets of Carbondale. Sculptures are also actively marketed through patron parties and year-long advertising . A $750 honorarium is awarded the selected artists and one sculpture will be awarded a $1000 Best in Show. The Town of Carbondale, CO, located in the central Rockies, has recently been recognized as a Creative Art District in Colorado. Outside Magazine called Carbondale one of “the Best Places to Live”.
Budget: $750 / $1000 – Deadline: February 4, 2018

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) seeks proposals for site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. RoCo encourages proposals for incisive, surprising, and unique sculpture and installation art of all forms, including media-based works. Of particular interest are projects that connect visitors to the location, buildings, park landscape, community and/or history of the neighborhood. Proposals for works that prompt visitors to return multiple times to experience changes in the piece are encouraged. RoCo welcomes visual artists, sculptors, sound artists, performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, and others to submit a proposal
Budget: $2,000 – Deadline: February 15, 2018

Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY is seeking proposals from individual artists or small artist teams for The Center Courtyard exhibition space. The Courtyard is a 30 ft by 28 ft outdoor space within this arts facility with glass walls on three sides. There are multiple views of this unique space through the conference room, the Theater Gallery hallway, the Glenwood street entrance and an aerial view from the green space above The Center’s ground level. The Courtyard acts as the heart of this building that houses 18 arts nonprofit administrative offices, 5 dance studios, art studios, galleries, a blackbox theater and a state of the art 500-seat theater. This is a high visibility, high traffic exhibition space, with more than 100,000 audience members attending events in and around the campus every year.
Budget: TBD – Deadline: March 30, 2018

Philadelphia’s Public Art Program [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists.
Deadline: Ongoing

 

 

Questions?

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

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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.

School Registration

Individual Registration

  • Registration closes on January 31, 2018.
  • POL uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Every school winner or individual student (if homeschooled 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 on March 14, 2018.
  • For details regarding Utah’s POL activities, email 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.

2017 Poetry Out Loud

Ben Engel of Skyline High School took home top honors from the state finals for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented by Utah Arts & Museums on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at co-host Westminster College’s Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Engel received $200 and travel expenses to represent Utah in the national championship April 25-26 in Washington, D.C. His school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-up Cody Howell of North Sanpete High School received $100, with $200 for his school library. Poetry Out Loud awards a $20,000 college scholarship to the national champion.

Approximately 32 high schools, 4,113 students, and 90 teachers around the state participated in Poetry Out Loud activities and competed in school and region competitions held in Brigham City, Gunnison, Provo, St. George, Salt Lake City, and Ogden. At the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, students recited works they selected from an anthology of nearly 600 classic and contemporary poems.


Past Winners

  • 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 (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.

Click HERE to see photos from the 2017 Utah Original Writing Competition awards event, held at Finch Lane Gallery on November 4.

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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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

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.