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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 announce a call to designers for the DesignArts Utah ’17 juried exhibition, held September 8, 2017 – October 20, 2017, at the Rio Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City. Designers in any design field are encouraged to submit their work: realized, conceptual, or prototype designs are eligible. The deadline to submit work for consideration is July 10, 2017.

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. Admission for the reception is free and open to the public.

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


DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

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

2016

Juror: Jim Childress, Chair of the AIA Committee on Design. A frequent lecturer on architecture, Centerbrook Partner, Jim Childress is well traveled due to his work and to grown children who are scattered around the world. What he learns from these international sojourns informs not only his architecture, but also the garden he is nurturing and expanding with his wife

Click to view the full catalog

2015

Juror: Randy J. Hunt, is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship.

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2014

Juror: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program and the Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institute College of Art.

DA 2014 Catalog

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2013

Juror: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning   

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2012

Juror: David Revere McFadden from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, New York 8 Utah designers’ 11 designs were selected for exhibition from 28 Utah designers’ 55 submitted projects.

Design Arts 2012 Logo

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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:

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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)

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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

Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Department of Environmental Quality Technical Support Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Selection Committee will collaborate with an artist to develop an installation that reflects the important role the Department of Environmental Quality plays in safeguarding Utah’s air, land and water. The artist should consider that the Support Center is designed to help the Department ensure that all data collected is accurate, the science is reliable, and decisions are made based on the best available information. The Department also engages numerous stakeholders to participate in dialogue about environmental protection. The Committee encourages the artist to consider all of this, as does DEQ, in the spirit of service, protection, collaboration.
Applications are accepted via CaFE or digital copy (information / instructions available here.)
Budget: $40,500 – Deadline: June 30, 2017

Utah State University Life Sciences Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Life Sciences Building on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The Life Sciences Building will be a stunning addition to the beautiful USU campus. The selection committee seeks to incorporate an artist’s voice into this important project. The facility, and the art integral to it, will allow students to discover, experience, and share world-changing ideas. Applications are accepted via CaFE or digital copy (information / instructions available here)
Budget $313,000 – Deadline: July 21, 2017

Projects in process:

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

Murray City is requesting public art proposals/bids for the plaza at the newly remodeled Murray Park Amphitheater. The artwork should visually interpret a variety of art forms, acknowledge the surrounding park environment, and have the ability to recognize donors in some way on or around the artwork. Potential artists may obtain a color illustration of the amphitheater plaza by contacting Mary Ann Kirk at 801-264-2638 Kim Sorenson at 801-264-2619. Please be advised this is a call for proposals.
Budget: $10,000 – $30,000 – Deadlines: due at the Murray Parks Office (296 E Murray Park Avenue) on June 19, 2017 by 5 pm

Alta Community Enrichment is seeking artists to create site-specific outdoor mural art on the Alta Community Center in Alta, Utah. This opportunity is open to all Salt Lake County artists, with a focus on, but not limited to, those who love Little Cottonwood Canyon. Alta Community Enrichment (ACE) is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities in the Little Cottonwood/Alta, Utah community for individual and group participation in arts, cultural events and education. Since inception, ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality, diverse programs for free or very little cost to its attendees. ACE strengthens the community by bringing people together who live, work and play in Alta.
Budget: $1,000 – Deadline: July 23, 2017


National & International Public Art Opportunities

The Public Art Program  [Dallas, Texas] of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from artists or artist teams to design, fabricate and install of a work of public art in the median at Canada Drive and Coronet Boulevard in Dallas, Texas. The project will celebrate and pay tribute to the service of veterans especially those who reside in West Dallas. This project is a citizen-initiated proposal led by residents, veterans and veterans advocates from the West Dallas neighborhood with the support of the City of Dallas, Planning and Neighborhood Vitality Department and the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: June 26, 2017

The Minnesota State Arts Board [Minneapolis, Minnesota] on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, requests proposals from working, professional artists or artist–led teams for permanent, site–specific public artwork at the Minnesota Veterans Home.
Budget: $155,415 – Deadline: June 28, 2017

Rhode Island State Council On the Arts [Kingston, Rhode Island] will commission artwork for the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art.  Through this program, the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens.”
Budget: $430,000 – Deadline: June 30, 2017

The San Antonio River Authority [San Antonio, Texas] seeks exceptional emerging and established public artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches for its Pre-Qualified List of Artists. The purpose of the List is to provide a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects at the San Pedro Creek Culture Park.  Artists will be commissioned for temporary, permanent, and performance-based artwork and may also be commissioned to participate in planning future phases of the Park.  The first phase of the Park will open on May 5, 2018 as part of San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebrations.
Deadline: June 30, 2017

The Conservatory Metropolitan District [Aurora, Colorado] is seeking an artist to complete an exterior sculptural commission for this unique residential community located within southeastern Aurora. The name “Conservatory” references the nearby Plains Conservation Center and signifies that wildlife and nature are a focus of this community. Birdwatching, hiking, and bike rides are among the outdoor activities commonly enjoyed by the residents in this area.
Budget: $72,000 – Deadline: July 7, 2017

The City of Peoria [Peoria, Arizona] is seeking submittals for its latest public art project at Happy Valley Road and 83rd Avenue.  The ideal artist should thrive on the challenge of creating exterior artwork that compliments the environment of the designated location.  The artist should also consider the vast view of this location from a distance, both daytime and nighttime. One artist will be awarded the project; however, depending on the quality of the submittals, the City reserves the right to select runner’s up from this call for a possible alternate location in the City within the next 12 months.
Budget: $140,000 – Deadline: July 7, 2017

The City of Peoria
 [Peoria, Arizona] is seeking submittals for its latest public art project at Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway. The ideal artist should thrive on the challenge of creating exterior artwork that compliments the environment of the designated location.  The artist should also consider the vast view of this location from a distance, both daytime and nighttime. The height of the piece will be a strong consideration when choosing the final submission. This location has a very high volume of traffic passing it from the Loop 303 and on their way to Lake Pleasant.
Budget: $180,000 – Deadline: July 7, 2017

Art Spaces
 [Terre Haute, Indiana] has issued a Request for Qualifications for artists interested in honoring writer Theodore Dreiser and his legacy to American literature through a site-specific public sculpture in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana, on the grounds of the Vigo County Public Library. The location is on Terre Haute’s Arts Corridor, which now features five Art Spaces sculptures. Courage in Language and Thought – The Dreiser Legacy is the working title for the project.
Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: July 14, 2017

The City of Loveland [Loveland, Colorado] Art in Public Places is accepting Requests for Qualifications for a sculptural work to be installed in a new roundabout at the intersection of Mountain Lion and North Boyd Lake Avenues, south of Highway 34. This 100’ radius roundabout will be constructed in fall 2017 and will allow for sculpture installation shortly thereafter.
Budget: $26,000 – Deadline: July 14, 2017

The City of San Diego [San Diego, California] Commission for Arts and Culture is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the Presidio Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport a permanent or semi-permanent new media artwork for Presidio Park and consult during installation of artwork at the site by the City.
Budget: $525,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2017

Transit Oriented Retail Development [Aurora, Colorado] are seeking an artist or artist team to design and install three new art selections for the public park spaces. The art should be site specific, iconic, contemporary in character, and coordinate with the materials and modern aesthetic of the architecture (building materials include mix of metal, concrete, wood and masonry). The artwork will help create a sense of place and must have visibility including integral lighting and daytime and nighttime interest. The art installations must be unique and memorable, as the art pieces themselves are intended to become a destination as well as a draw for visitors.
Budget: $391,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2017

4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) want to commission four Associate Artists to create intrigue and stimulate curiosity, raise awareness, and foster an emotional connection to the largely invisible Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system and make its importance resonate at a city-wide scale. Through new, commissioned work centered on a curatorial framework of topics developed by lead planning artists Sans façon, they envision a program of global significance and reputation. The works and experiences created throughout the Seattle CSO system by a cohort of artists should engage an international audience and reflect practices at the forefront of contemporary art in relation to water, infrastructure, society, and the environment.
Budget: $190,000, $100,000, $80,000, AND $40,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2017

The City of San Jose Public Art Program [San Jose, California]  is creating a Roster of Pre-Qualified Artists. The purpose of the Roster is to streamline the artist selection process for a range of upcoming mural projects. Artists who are chosen for inclusion in the Roster will be eligible to be considered for future public art mural projects in San Jose. Inclusion in the final Roster will be for a period of three years.
Deadline: July 31, 2017

The City’s Visual Arts Commission [Loveland, Colorado] seeks an Artist or Artist Team to create a vibrant 5’ x 8’ two-dimensional work of art to be installed on the interior hallway wall(s) of the Chilson Recreation Center located at 700 East 4th Street in Loveland. This hallway serves as a main connector to all areas of this very active, family-friendly recreational facility. The location receives prime exposure to an average of 1,400 daily visitors.
Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: August 25, 2017

The City of Brentwood Arts Commission [Brentwood, California] seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along an island median on Sand Creek Road across from “The Streets of Brentwood”. This is the first of four major “Gateways” into the City of Brentwood. This is also a heavily used thoroughfare located between two shopping centers.
Budget: $175,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2017

England Airpark and Community,  [Alexandria, Virginia] home to Alexandria International Airport, is seeking request for qualifications and preliminary proposals from individual artists or artists teams for the creation of a monumental gateway sculpture located in a site specific roundabout entrance to the Airpark. This site was specifically created for the installation of a public art centerpiece. This is a high visibility, high traffic opportunity with hundreds of thousands of vehicles utilizing the Airparks roundabout on an annual basis. The roundabout location is one of the most notable and prominent public spaces within the Central Louisiana community.
Budget: $125,000 – Deadline: September 9, 2017

The City of Ocala [Ocala, Florida] in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL. Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice awards will be selected.
Budget: Total Awards $24,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2017

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.

Congratulations to 2017 Utah Champion, Ben Engel of Skyline High School!

  • For details regarding Utah’s POL activities, email pol@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.

The 2017 competition closes Friday, June 23, at 5 p.m. MDT. All submissions must be made through our online portal. The link to the online submissions portal is contained in the 2017 guidelines. Please read through all of the guidelines before submitting. Please note that this year, self-published manuscripts are not eligible.

You will use file-sharing to share your manuscript(s) with us. If you’re new to file-sharing, click HERE to see how to use Dropbox to share documents, and click HERE to see how to use Google Drive to share documents.

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

Happy writing!

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 Rio Gallery
Opening Reception: November 17, 2017

Online Registration will be open September 22-October 23, 2017Stay tuned for guidelines and juror information.

Past Exhibition Catalogs

swa-imageMixed Media & Works on Paper ’16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SWA CoverCraft, Photography & Video/Digital Works ’15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SWA 2014Painting & Sculpture ’14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


am_ops_comp_statewide_catlog_13Mixed Media & Works on Paper ’13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2011 Statewide Annual CatalogPainting & Sculpture ’11

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010 Statewide Annual CatalogMixed Media & Works on Paper ’10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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.