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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 ’18
The results are in! Juror, Christine Gaspar, selected design work by AJC Architects, Benjamin Evjen, Benjamin Grove, Camrie Dance, Epicenter, Esther Ly, Jorge Ruegemer, Lucy Allen, McCall Keller and Myra Payne. Please come see the great work of these Utah designers at the Rio Gallery for DesignArts Utah ’18 – Opening September 10 through October 19 at Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City. There will be an opening reception for the designers, friends, families, clients and the public on September 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Rio Gallery. We are proud to partner with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Craft Lake City.

 Benjamin Evjen and his Allay Series was selected as the Juror’s Award Winner $3,000 award. Camrie Dance’s Hype Machine and Tatler Magazine designs along with McCall Keller’s Koda Farms Rebrand were awarded the Juror’s Student Award of $500.

The DesignArts Program would like to thank Christine Gaspar, juror for the DesignArts Utah ’18 exhibition.

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:

Please feel free to refer any questions to Jim Glenn 801.245.7271 or Lisa Greenhalgh 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!


DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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


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


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


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


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
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week


Jim Glenn at 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

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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.

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.

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.


Contact Felicia Baca at 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 Davis Technical College Allied Health Facility – Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork for the Allied Health Building at Davis Technical College in Kaysville, Utah. This building will serve as a dynamic and engaging learning environment that will help students develop competence and confidence to provide life-saving care for the health and physical well-being of the community they serve.
This project is open to professional artists / artist teams.
Applications being accepted via or by other means identified in the above document.
Budget: $221,000 – Deadline: November 9, 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,

Utah Department of Environmental Quality – Artist commissioned: Day Christensen

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

Utah State Archives expansion project – Artist commissioned: Kana Tanaka

Uintah Basin Technical College – Artist commissioned: Scot Olson 

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Artist commissioned: Tim Watkins 

Dixie State University Human Performance Center – Finalists: Cliff Garten, Douwe Blumberg, Mark Aeling, and Roger Stoller

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

Kearns Public Library Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists residing in the
State of Utah who are interested in participating in an open competition for a
work of public art for the new Kearns Library project.
Budget: $117,000 – Deadline: October 31, 2018

Daybreak Public Library Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists both local and national who are interested in participating in an open competition for a work of public art for the new Daybreak Library project. The County plans to contract with an artist or artist teams to create a unique exterior sculptural artwork that will be installed at the new Daybreak Library.
Budget: $130,000 – Deadline: October 31, 2018

Donor Walls for Peace House New Community Campus – In Spring 2019, Peace House plans to open a newly constructed Community Campus on Round Valley Drive near the Park City Hospital in Utah. Peace House is requesting proposals to design, fabricate and install two donor recognition areas within the new facility to provide meaningful public recognition for significant private philanthropic support. Questions/More info: Kendra Wyckoff This project requires uncompensated completion of preliminary design(s) as part of the application process. 
Budget: $90,000 – Deadline: October 31, 2018

Martha Huges Cannon Statue – The Martha Hughes Cannon Statue Oversight Committee was chartered and commissioned by the Utah Legislature to oversee the creation and placement of a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. This project requires uncompensated completion of preliminary design(s) as part of the application process. 
Budget: $ 200,000 – Deadline: November 4, 2018

National & International Public Art Opportunities

The Foundry Parking Garage [Loveland, CO] The City of Loveland Art in Public Places is accepting Requests for Qualifications for artists working in two-dimensional media to design and create artworks for The Foundry parking garage in downtown Loveland. The commission has a strong preference for artists working with dynamic and colorful media (painters, multi-media, mosaic artists, etc.).
Budget: $150,000 – Deadline: October 19, 2018

Midtown Parking Deck [Montclair, NJ] Developer seeks a qualified artist with specific and proven expertise to design, fabricate and install art components onto the facade of the Midtown Parking Deck to be constructed in Montclair, NJ.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: October 21, 2018

Athletic Dining Facility [Texas Tech – Lubbock, TX] The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific sculpture(s) or installation to be placed at the Athletic Dining Facility, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.
Budget: $46,000 – Deadline: October 24, 2018

Public Art for Downtown McCall [McCall, ID] The City of McCall is seeking an artist or artist-team to create public artwork to complement the reconstruction of its downtown core streetscape. The City seeks to commission artwork to be integrated into the upcoming reconstruction of 2nd Street at the heart of the city’s downtown core.
Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: October 26, 2018

Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park Memorial [Loveland, CO] The City of Loveland seeks an Artist/Artist Team to design, fabricate and install public artwork for the Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park located in the Big Thompson Canyon in Loveland.
Budget: $55,000 – Deadline: October 26, 2018

Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project [Chicago, IL] The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) invites professional artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for a public art design project in response to sites along Riverwalk East, located on the south bank of the Chicago River, between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Through the Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project, artists at the height of their field will develop ambitious, innovative design proposals that activate and enhance this beloved natural amenity and recreation area.
Budget: $10,000 honorarium for finalist proposals – Deadline: October 26, 2018

North Shore Drive Pedestrian Bridge [West Palm Beach, FL] The artist/artist team will create new artwork designs that will be integrated into the overall structure of the bridge and/or create enhanced pedestrian experiences towards both entry points of the bridge.
Budget: $95,000 – Deadline: October 29, 2018

Gateway Sculpture [Augusta, GA] Augusta, Georgia is soliciting statements of qualifications from qualified artists, or a team of artists, that are interested in providing professional services for the design, construction and installation of a Gateway Structure.
Total Budget: $225, 000 – Deadline: November 1, 2018

Collyer Park [Longmont, CO] Collyer Park is one of three of the original parks located within the original square mile of downtown Longmont. Surrounded by mature trees and historic homes, the neighbors to this park take great pride in their neighborhood as is evident with a walk in this Historic Eastside neighborhood.
Total Budget: $35,000 – Deadline: November 1, 2018

Convention Center Atrium [Oklahoma City, OK] The City of Oklahoma City announces this call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered for public art for the two atriums of the new MAPS 4 Convention Center currently under construction.
Budget: $1,300,000 – Deadline: November 7, 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

39th Avenue Greenway and Open Channel [Denver, CO] The City of Denver’s Public Art Program, now in its 30th year, seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create multiple artworks for the 39th Avenue Greenway and Open Channel Public Art Project.
Budget: $400,000 – Deadline: November 12, 2018

Market and Bank Project [Morristown, NJ] The Town of Morristown, in collaboration with Morris Arts, seeks a professional visual artist or artist team, to create public artwork within one of the most prominent redevelopment areas in the Town.
Budget: $178,000 – Deadline: November 12, 2018

PDX International Airport [Portland, OR] The Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Port of Portland invite artists/teams living in the U.S. and Canada to submit qualifications for two permanent suspended art installations as part of the Concourse E Extension at PDX International Airport.
Budget: $600,000 – Deadline: November 12, 2018


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Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partners with 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 Student Registration           

  • 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 or call 801-236-7557.
  • For full details on the national poetry recitation competition, visit
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.

2018 Utah Original Writing Competition Winners

Category A: Novel, judged by Benjamin Reed
First Place: Lightheaded, by Shane Camoin (Salt Lake City)
Second Place: Thoughts and Prayers, by Sydney Husseman (Layton)
Honorable Mention: The Birds of Eurasia, by James Ure (Salt Lake City)

Category B: Creative Nonfiction Book, judged by Darlin’ Neal
First Place: Walking Through Walls, by Michelle Forstrom (Provo)
Second Place: Cold Desert, by David Pace (Salt Lake City)
Honorable Mention: Terroir: Essays on Otherness, by Natasha Saje (Salt Lake City)

Category C: Book-length Collection of Poetry, judged by Sidney Wade
First Place: After Earth, by Michael Lavers (Provo)
Second Place: Easy Street, by Cindy King (St. George)
Honorable Mention: Lily or Bone, by Kim Welliver (Kearns)
Honorable Mention: Utah Reclamation Project, by Amy Brunvand (Salt Lake City)

Category D: Children’s Book, judged by Rachel Searles
First Place: B&T Detective Agency, by Lori Seppi (North Salt Lake)
Second Place: The Solitary, by Courtney Cope (Provo)
Honorable Mention: Mrs. Hecht Will Give You Heck, by Sabrina Vienneau (Salt Lake City)

Category E: Poetry, judged by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
First Place: “Thriving,” by Kim Welliver (Kearns)
Second Place: “Circadian,” by Danielle Dubrasky (Cedar City)
Honorable Mention: “Topography of Light,” by Pam Tucker (Washington)

Category F: Short Story, judged by Martin Cloutier
First Place: “Through a Glass but Darkly,” by Daniel Robertson (Provo)
Second Place:Bombay Curry Kitchen,” by Ranjan Adiga (Salt Lake City)
Honorable Mention: “Rescue Dog,” by Coleton Smith (Draper)

Category G: Creative Nonfiction Essay, judged by Joseph Rein
First Place: “War and Peace. And Music,” by Gerald Elias (Salt Lake City)
Second Place:Leaven,” by Sunni Wilkinson (Ogden)
Honorable Mention: “Juliet,” by Danielle Dubrasky (Cedar City)

Here’s a list of the 2018 UOWC judges and their bios.

For reference only, here are the 2018 guidelines.

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


Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at 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

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.



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

Important Dates for Statewide Annual 2018:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 21 – October 22

DROP OFF AT RIO GALLERY: October 23 – 24, 8am – 6pm 

OPENING RECEPTION: November 16, 6 – 9pm 

Please read full guidelines before registeringClick here for 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










Contact Felicia Baca at 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 Artists must register online to participate in the exhibition. The registration form, full bios of the jurors, and other information can be found at