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DesignArts ’15 Opens at the Rio Gallery, Celebrating Design Across the State – 31 Aug 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — DesignArts ’15 celebrates the best of design in Utah. This annual exhibition featuring designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields.  This year, Juror Randy J. Hunt selected seventeen Utah designer’s projects ranging from snack containers to architecture for an Emigration Canyon home.

“Design, in its many forms, is alive and well in Utah” said Hunt. “This is no more evident than in the submissions and selections for DesignArts Utah 2015. The ingenuity and creativity that come from a designer’s mind always impress, and this year’s selections are no exception.”

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. Etsy is a global commerce platform empowering independent creative business in nearly every country in the world. Etsy was honored with the National Design Award in 2014. 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.

Hunt chose Epicenter’s “This is Green River” magazine, exhibit and film as the juror’s award winner in the professional category. “This is Green River” examines the past, present and future of Green River, creating a portrait of a small western desert town in the twenty-first century. Hunt chose two award winners in the student category.  BYU Student and industrial designer Carter Zufelt’s  HDPE Milk Stool and Side Table was awarded recognition for his furniture created with the goal of recycling thousands of compressed and recycled plastic bags while creating useful and beautiful objects. University of Utah student and architect Massih Nilforoushan received recognition for his work on the concept for a Maritime Museum on the Chicago River. Nilforoushan’s design incorporates wooden facades with solar responsive openings all the while recalling traditional methods of wooden boat and ship making.

DesignArts ’15 opens at noon, Sept. 4 at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City and will continue through Oct. 16, 2015.  A reception and celebration coinciding with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll will be hosted in the gallery on Oct.16 from 6-9 p.m. for the designers, friends, family, and public. The Rio Gallery is located at 300 S. Rio Grande Street and it is open Mon. through Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will be closed Monday, Sept. 7. Further information is available online at

If you have questions about the DesignArts Utah program or the exhibition please contact Jim Glenn at and 801.245.7271