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Visual Art in Utah

The 1899 “Art Bill”, created by the Utah legislature, was the first state-funded arts council in the nation. The law’s purpose was to advance the interest of fine arts; expand the influence of art in education; sponsor an annual art exhibition; present public lectures on art; and establish a state art collection.

Exhibition proposals for the Rio & Alice Galleries will be open January 1-February 1, 2018.

2018 Guidelines


The Alice Gallery, located in the Glendinning Home and main offices of Utah Arts & Museums, features selections from the State Fine Art Collection as well as exhibits of local artists works.






The Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande building, hosts the Statewide Annual Exhibition, the Design Arts exhibition, and artist group exhibitions chosen from community proposals.





Visual Art Exhibitions and Fellowships

Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition

The Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition provides exposure to both emerging and established Utah artists through public display, publicity, awards and publication of catalogs. This juried exhibition focuses on different disciplines, rotating categories in a three year cycle that includes: painting, sculpture & installation work; fine crafts, photography & video/digital works; and mixed media and works on paper. Statewide Annual is juried by two distinguished out-of-state jurors.

Statewide Annual 2017: Painting, Sculpture, & Installation

Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship Program awards two $10,000 fellowships annually to outstanding professional artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Exhibitions featuring invited past fellowship recipients are periodically held.

Traveling Exhibition Program

Traveling exhibitions are curated as a collaborative partnership with local artists, arts organizations, and institutions. Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools all register for the exhibitions annually. By traveling these exhibits around the State and the use of the accompanying educational materials, the exhibits provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.

Download an information sheet on the Visual and Public Art programs.

Design Arts Utah

Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We strive to help the citizens of the state see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us. Design Arts Utah sponsors and mounts an annual exhibition. The Design Arts Competition is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. This exhibition features work submitted by Utah designers that have been selected by a juror prominent in the design field. Each year’s exhibition displays designs, prototypes, and produced samples by some of the best in Utah’s various design fields.

Public Art in Utah

Public art   "Escher's Elevator" (detail) by Jack Archibald is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go 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 artists and architects.

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.

Public Art Call for Qualifications

Find out about local, regional, national and international calls for public arts commissions.

Public Art Collection

There are over 200 pieces in Utah’s Digital Public Art Collection, all created since 1985. Look here to find out what public art is in your community.

State Fine Art Collection

Utah’s state-owned art collection began in 1899. Alice Merrill Horne was a candidate for the state legislature on a platform of support for the arts. Once she was elected to the House of Representatives she sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and to establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsor, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.”  The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.

The collection continues to grow annually by purchases and donations and provides impressive documentation of the history of Utah art. The collection is on display at the Governor’s Mansion, the Glendinning Home, the Rio Grande Depot, the State Capitol building, the Scott Matheson Courthouse, and other state buildings. Selections from the collection are also included in the Traveling Exhibition Program.

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Past Exhibitions

Below is a chronological list of past Rio and Alice Gallery exhibitions. For more information on how to submit a proposal to show in one of our galleries, please visit our galleries page.



Sticks Laid in Patterns and Other Mundane Oracles – July 14 – September 8, 2017

Artists: Wren Ross

Alice Gallery





Under the Influence: Eight Local Artists Influenced by AnimationJuly 15 – September 1, 2017

Artists: Robin Banks, Trent Call, Jason Jones, Heather Mahler, Evan Jed Memmot, Michael Murdock, Athena Splett, Sri Whipple

Rio Gallery




All of Us Beasts – May 12 – July 7, 2017 

Artists: Claire Taylor

Alice Gallery




Specific Abject – March 17 – May 12, 2017

Artists: Jared Clark, Christopher Lynn, Abraham Kimball, Allan Ludwig, Joseph Penrod, and Jean Richardson

Rio Gallery




Great Good Place – March 10 – May 5, 2017

Artists: Greg Caldwell, Aloe Corry, Pearl Corry, Madeline Rupard, David Raleigh, and Lim Kheng Saik

Alice Gallery




Collect: Recent Acquisitions from the Utah Fine Art Collection & Salt Lake County Collection January 20 – March 3, 2017

Artists: Various

Alice Gallery 




En Plein Air- January 20 – March 10, 2017

Artists: Adam Bateman and Levi Jackson

Rio Gallery




Beyond the Narrative – November 18 – January 13, 2017

Artist: Megan Gibbons

Alice Gallery 




Statewide Annual Competition: Mixed Media & Works on Paper- November 17-January 12, 2017 


Artists: Various

Rio Gallery



Iterations – September 16, 2016 – November 11, 2016

Artists: Sue Martin and Nancy Vorm

Alice Gallery




DesignArts Juried Exhibition ’16 – September 8 – October 20, 2016


Artists: Various

Rio Gallery



Architecture of Place – July 15, 2016 – September 9, 2016

Artists: David Brothers, Daniel Everett, Andrea Jensen, LeConte Stewart, Ada C. Irvine, Jeronimo Lozano, Mary H. Teasdale, Heidi Moller Somsen, and others.

Alice Gallery



Demographics – July 15, 2016 – September 2, 2016

Artists: Paige Anderson, Rebecca Klundt, Liberty Blake, Jenna von Benedikt, Justin Wheatley, Linnie Brown, and Joseph Ostraff.

Rio Gallery




kloTH – May 13, 2016 – July 8, 2016

Artists: Downy Doxey-Marshall

Alice Gallery





The Painted Veil – May 20, 2016 – July 8, 2016

Artists: Christine Baczek, Daniel Everett, Jared Steffensen, Stephanie Leitch, Colour Maisch, Jenevieve Hubbard, Lizze Määttälä, Brian Usher, Roland Thompson, Amy Jorgensen, Beth Krensky, Trent Alvey, Jan Andrews, Sarinda Jones

Rio Gallery



History of Photography – Mar 11, 2016 – May 6, 2016

Artist: Laurel Caryn

Alice Gallery




Griswold (1)A Call to Place: The first five years of the Frontier Fellowship – Mar 18, 2016 – May 13, 2016

Artists: Dylan Adams, Shawn Creeden, Ryan Troy Ford, Raphy Griswold, Andrew Hamblin, Geoffrey Holstad, Emily Howe, Sarah Lillegard, Nicole Lavelle, Miles Mattison, Mary Rothlisberger and Molly Goldberg, Charlotte Sullivan, Bennett Williamson, Gina Abelkop, Sarah Baugh, Michelle Benoit, Colin Bliss and Lucia Carroll, Zach Bulick, Cabin Time, Pete Collard and Alice Masters, Shawn Creeden, Erica Ruth Dixon, Grayson Earl, Eliza Fernand, Justin Flood, Kristina Fong, Spencer Kroll, Laurelin Kruse, Corbin LaMont, Nicole Lavelle, Rob Loucks, Zoe Minikes, Rafael Griswold, Catherine Harris, James Herman, High Desert Test Sites, Celia Hollander, Jordan Gulasky and Phil Dagostino, Russell Kerr, Aidan Koch, Ali Osborn, Jordan Topiel Paul, Zorth Pilonieta, Richard Saxton, Sincerely Interested, Cyrus Smith, D. Strauss, Lisa Ward, Nick Zdon

Rio Gallery



Cultivate – Jan 22, 2016 – March 4, 2016

Artists: Jason Metcalf, Craig Law, Blanche Wilson, Jeffrey Pugh, Gordon Cope, Cecil Smith, William Parkinson, Mahonri Mackintosh Young, Elzy Jay Bird, Adam Bateman, John Fery, Tom Till, Edwin Evans, Earl Jones, Pang Lee, Roger Chamberlain, Mary Jim, Norma Shurtliff Forsberg, Fred Eugene Wright

 Alice Gallery



Raw and Cooked – Jan 15, 2016 – March 11, 2016

Artists: Jim Jacobs, Josh Winegar, Paul Crow

Rio Gallery






Statewide Annual Competition – Nov 20, 2015 – Jan 8, 2016


Rio Gallery




Summer Day

Reformation: A Rearranging of Elements – Sept 18, 2015 – Nov 13, 2015

Artists: Rebecca Klundt

Alice Gallery




TillFlora and Fauna – July 17, 2015 – Sept 11, 2015

Artists: Donald Beauregard, Catherine Kuzminski, John Telford, Josh Winegar, Rose Howard Salisbury, Sam Wilson, V Douglas Snow, Tom Till, Patricia Kimball, Henry Rasmusen, Michael Keogh, Joseph Cancilla, Lena Konopasek, Grace Begay and Marvin Jim, Henry Holiday, Keisha Goeckeritz, David Meikle.

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection



Articles of Clothing – July 31, 2015 – Aug 28, 2015

Artists: Daniel Barney, Jennifer Barton, Fidalis Buehler, Brian Christensen, Gary Barton, Von Allen, Jen Harmon Allen, Joseph Ostraff, Sunny Taylor.

Rio Gallery



Cost of Anything – May 15, 2015 – July 10, 2015

Artists: Chris Purdie, Abraham Kimball, Adam Larsen, Madison Smith, Paul Woods

Alice Gallery




Spring City Atelier – June 19, 2015 – July 24, 2015

Artists: Joan Durfey, George Olson, Lanny Britsch, Randall Lake, Kathleen Peterson, Eileen Guernsey Brown, Ruth Olson, Ed Soper, Sophie Soprano, Ken Baxter, Shirley McKay Britsch, Lynn Farrar, Loni Carter, Richard Gate, Cassandria Parsons, M’Lisa Paulsen, Lisa Potter, Kerry Soper, Jaime Webb, Susan Gallacher, Lee Bennion, Joe Bennion, Larry Campbell.

Rio Gallery


Seven – May 8, 2015 – June 12, 2015

Artists: Hadley Rampton, Steven Lee Adams, Brandon Cook, Craig Cleveland, Eric Thompson, Janell James, Nathan Florence.

Rio Gallery



Other Places – March 13, 2015 – May 8, 2015

Artists: Anna Laurie MacKay, Meredith Prévot, Jean Richardson.

Alice Gallery




Collective Experience – March 20, 2015 – April 29, 2015

Artists: Joey Behrens, Sandy Brunvand, Stefanie Dykes, Michael Handley, Jenevieve Hubbard, Satu Hummasti, Beth Krensky, Colin Ledbetter, Dawn Oughton, Suzanne Simpson and Jim Frazer, Heidi Somsen, Amie Tullius, Lucia Volker.

Rio Gallery



Utah Artists Elsewhere – Jan 23, 2015 – March 6, 2015

Artists: Brent Franklin Larsen, Brent Shaw, Carlos Anderson, Charles Woodbury, Edward Maryon, Florence Ware, Francis Horspool, G. Vaughn Forsyth, Gaell Lindstrom, Gary Earnest Smith, Girard Hale, James Taylor Harwood, J. H. Stansfield, Joseph Ostraff, Robert Marshall, Rosalind Newmark, Ella Gilmer Smyth Peacock.

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection




Next – Jan 16, 2015 – March 13, 2015

Artists: Jan Andrews, Colby Brewer, James Charles, Jared Lindsay Clark, Alison Denyer, Christopher Gauthièr, Mark Hedengren, Joseph Ostraff, Kathy Puzey, Josh Winegar, Wendy Wischer, David Wolske.

Rio Gallery




Statewide Annual Competition – Nov 21, 2014 – Jan 9, 2015
link to catalog


Rio Gallery




Natural Order – Nov 21, 2014 – Jan 16, 2015

Artists: Kent Budge

Alice Gallery




Between Worlds – Sept 19, 2014 – Nov 14, 2014

Artists: Bernard C. Myers

Alice Gallery




Devotees and their Shrines – July 18, 2014 – Sept 12, 2014

Artists: George Wesley Browning, Henry Lavender Adolphus Culmer, Myra Sawyer, Mary H. Teasdale, John Hafen, Avard Fairbanks, Mahonri Macintosh Young, Alma B Wright, George M. Ottinger, Donald Beauregard, Dan Weggeland, Lee Greene Richards, Edwin Evans, James Taylor Harwood, J. Leo Fairbanks

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection



Spaces – July 18, 2014 – Aug 22, 2014

Artists: Holly Jarvis, Andrew Rice, Marcus Vincent

Rio Gallery




Collision: Ballstaedt, Crosby and Frioux – June 13, 2014 – July 11, 2014

Artists: Andrew Ballstaedt, Lisa Crosby, Jonathan Frioux

Rio Gallery




Family of Things – May 16, 2014 – July 11, 2014

Artists: Mary Baum, Tiana Birrell, Ronald Linn, Hannah Mortensen, Jena Schmidt

Alice Gallery




Plural and Partial – March 28, 2014 – April 30, 2014

Artists: Valerie Atkisson, Liberty Blake and Shawn Rossiter, Angela Ellsworth, Jann Haworth, Amy Jorgenson, Annie Kennedy

Rio Gallery




Abstract – May 9, 2014 – June 6, 2014 

Artists: Jean Arnold, Mike Bernard, Paul  Bernard, Fidalis Buehler, Carlisle, Oonju Chun, Carolyn Coalson, Denise Crane, Meri DeCaria, Toni Doilney, Darryl B. Erdmann, Josanne Glass, Brent Godfrey, D. Hake Brinckerhoff, Nel Ivancich, Rebecca Jocoby, Jeff Juhlin, Bill Lee, Randee Levine, Dave Malone, Layne Meacham, Kathy Minck, John O’Connell, Denis Phillips, Emily Plewe, Jennifer Rasmusson, Paul Reynolds, Bruce Robertson, Steven K. Sheffield, Sunny Taylor

Rio Gallery


Mark by Mark – March 14, 2014 – May 9, 2014

Artists: Al Denyer, Lydia Gravis, K Stevenson

Alice Gallery




Utah’s 15 – Feb 21, 2014 – March 21, 2014

Artists: Paul Davis, Brian Kershisnik, Trent Alvey, Sandy Brunvand, Anna Campbell Bliss, Ruby Chacon, Anne Cullimore Decker, John Erickson, Stephen Goldsmith, Bonnie Phillips, Brad Slaugh, Terry Tempest Williams, Sam Wilson, Frank McEntire, Joan Woodbury

Rio Gallery



Only Light – Jan 17, 2014 – Feb 14, 2014

Artists: Alex Moya, Lynn Hoffman-Brouse & Annie Brewer, Lenka Konopasek, Beth Krensky, Jorge Rojas, Trevor Southey, Fidalis Buehler, Margaret R. Tarampi, Christopher M. Faithier, Carlos Anderson, Lily Havey, Cori Redstone, Mary Toscano, Trent Alvey, Darnel Haney

Rio Gallery




Statewide Annual Competition – Oct 18, 2013 – Nov 22, 2013
link to catalog


Rio Gallery




Borderline – Dec 6, 2013 – Jan 10, 2014

Artists: Chuck Landvatter, Megan Mitchell, Joe Strickland

Rio Gallery





There Must Be Black – Nov 15, 2013 – Jan 3, 2014

Artists: Catherine Downing, Nancy Steele-Makasci, Tawni Shuler

Alice Gallery




The Green Show – Oct 11, 2013 – Nov 8, 2013

Artists: Blia Lee, Ada C. Irvine, Jerry Fagerlund, Andy Watson, Lee Deffebach, Gaylen C. Hansen, Gordon Cope, Kathryn G. Gordon, Edwin Oberbeck, Dale T. Fletcher, Wendy Chidester, Michael Herbert, Mark Petersen, Verla Birrell, Everett C. Thorpe, M.J. Alldredge

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection



That Thing You Hate – Aug 2, 2013 – Oct 4, 2013

Artists: Namon Bills and Jeffery R. Pugh, Linnie Brown and Casey Childs, Christopher Terry, Justin Wheatley

Alice Gallery




This is the Place – Aug 16, 2013 – Sept 13, 2013

Artists: Paul Adams, Fidalis Buhler, Brian Christensen, Jim Jacobs, Amy Jorgensen, Jessica Li, Joe Ostraff, Linda Reyholds, Clay Wagstaff, Adam Larsen, Adrienne Winter, Claire Wilson, Jennifer Barton, Sandy Brunvard, Paul Heath, Nathan Ellis Perry, Tali Hafoka, Andrew Ballstaedt, Meri DeCaria, Brian Kershisnik, Andrea Jensen, Michael Parker, Janelle James, Josh Ostraff, Margaret Willis, Jared Clark, Trent Call, Paul Allred, Lois Anderson, Gary Barton, Shami Kaneker, Jason Lannigan, Fahimeh Amiri, Jeffrey Hale, Jessica Li, Kim Martinez, Sunny Taylor, Sam Wilson, Nathan Florence, Chris Thornock, Alexandra Furlong, Dorothee Martens, Brittany Knudsen, Elise Boucher, Justin Kuntz, Alexis Fryer, Roland Thompson, Martin Blundell, Lindsay Frei, Jean Richardson, Derek Rigby, Rachel Stallings

Rio Gallery




Love Hours – June 21, 2013 – July 26, 2013

Artists: Leah Moses, Kelly Brooks, Nathan Florence, Trevor Southey, Susan Kruger Barber, Brad Barber

Alice Gallery




Tin – May 10, 2013 – June 14, 2013 

Artists: Antony Cox, Christopher Lynn, Chelsea Hertford-Taylor, Nancy Olson, Ai Childress, Jared Latimer, Daniel Everett, Amy Webb, Carleton Christy, Raquel Smith-Callis, Mike Whiting, Ike Bushman, Kate Mooth, Kelly Humphrey, Colby Brewer, Jen Harmon-Allen, Rebekah Smith, Madison Smith, Jean Richardson, Pam Bowman, Ashley Baker, Ryan Browning, Roland Thompson, Todd Chilton, Katie Rojas, Sunnie Bybee, Namon Bills, Susan Krueger-Barber, Joe Penrod, Casey Smith, Chris Purdie, Sean Morello, Emily McPhie, Chris Coy, Pamela Beach, Paul Woods, Jared Lindsay Clark, Allan Ludwig, J. Kirk Richards, John & Robin Gumaelius, Joanne Smith Seal, Gian Pierotti, Chip Rich, John Sproul, Allan Ludwig, Abraham Kimball, Ruel Brown, Anne Goodrich

Rio Gallery


Mélange – April 5, 2013 – June 14, 2013

Artists: Francis L Horspool, Frank McEntire, Carole Doubek, Roscoe A Grover, Boyd Reese, Rose Howard Salisbury, Sam Wilson

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection




Lenzi, Reynolds, Tachinni – March 15, 2013 – April 26, 2013

Artists: Kristina Lenzi, Eugene Tachinni, Gretchen Reynolds

Rio Gallery




Portrait as Narrative and Narrative as Portrait – Feb 15, 2013 – March 30, 2013

Artists: Andrew Ballstaedt, Jethro Gillespie, Rebecca Pletsch

Alice Gallery




Arrivals/Departures – Jan 18, 2013 – March 8, 2013

Artists: Juan Aldape, Edward Pultar, Ellen Bromberg, Sam Hanson, Prentice Whitlow, Ashley Anderson, Diana Crum, Danielle Short, David Rousseve

Rio Gallery






“This Is the Place” Opening in Rio Gallery – 13 Aug 2013

“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”

– Joan Didion, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the exhibition “This Is the Place,” from August 16 – September 13, 2013 in the Rio Gallery (300 South 455 West, Salt Lake City). There will be a public reception on Friday, August 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

The exhibition showcases a group of visual artists as they consider this place so many call home. Just as we shape and build the landscape around us, the landscape has a remarkable effect on us, shaping and building culture. Utah has been the place for many people: indigenous peoples prior to the arrival of the Mormons, then the Mormon pioneers, followed by the many generations of more recent migrations to the state. This show explores the diversity and value of Utah through artists, community participation, and historical photographs.

“We’re pleased to highlight the various perspectives on Utah presented by this exhibition,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “A state as diverse as ours — geographically, demographically, culturally — provides fertile ground for some really engaging artwork.”

There will be special weekend hours on Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate “National Can-it-Forward Day” at the Downtown Farmers Market. There will be a canning display, food preservation experts on hand, raffles, giveaways, hands-on demonstrations, and vendors offering canned goods (pickles, jams, sauces, etc.) with samples and special deals. The show also coincides with the Utah State History Conference, “The Making of Place,” September 5 – 8, 2013.

Invited artists for “This Is the Place” include Vicki Acoba, Paul Adams, Fidalis Buhler, Jim Jacobs, Amy Jorgensen, Jessica Li, Joe Ostraff, Linda Reynolds, Will Varner, and Clay Wagstaff. In addition, Joe Ostraff’s installation, “Potluck,” features 50 individual panels by 50 additional Utah artists. The exhibition also features a digital slideshow with photographs submitted by the public.