Visual arts competitions and exhibitions have been a project of the state since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to all Utah artists over the age of 18.
The theme rotates between Mixed Media and Works on Paper, Craft and Photography and Painting and Sculpture. Works are chosen for display by two out-of-state artists or arts professionals who travel to the Rio Gallery to jury the exhibit in person.
The Statewide Annual Competition is shown at the Rio Gallery.
Utah '12: "Craft & Photography "
Exhibition held at the Rio Gallery
October 19 – November 30, 2012
Congratulations to this year's award winners!
Kathleen Carricaburu and David Hyams
An Italian native, Stefano Catalani relocated to Seattle in 2001. His classic studies in Italy provided him with a strong theoretical background in art history and philosophy. In 2005 he joined Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) as Curator and was appointed Director of Curatorial Affairs/Artistic Director in February of 2010. He has conceived and organized 20 (and rising) acclaimed exhibitions exploring the dynamic field of art, craft and design. He also serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College and other educational institutions.
At BAM, he focuses on "craft as a cultural signifier," stressing the social implications of craft. Highly regarded in the field of contemporary art, Catalni has been chosen as nominator for many awards, including the Neddy Fellowship Award (Behnke Foundation, Seattle, WA), the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Artist Trust, Seattle, WA) and the Contemporary Northwest Arts Awards (Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR). Six exhibitions curated by Catalani have gone on nationwide tours to other museum venues, introducing on-the-rise craft artists to new audiences across the continent.
Mary Anne Redding has been the Chair of the Photography Department at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design since January 2012. For the past five years she was Curator of Photography at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors where she curated two major exhibitions: Contemplative Landscape and Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe.
Previous professional positions include: Director and Curator at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, and Executive Director and Curator of the Light Factory in Charlotte, NC. Redding has published numerous essays on photography and contemporary art including Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe published by the MNM Press, Grasslands/Separating Species published by Radius Books in conjunction with the exhibition at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque; the introduction to Light in the Desert: Photographs by Tony O'Brien; and the forthcoming book, The Gila: Radical Visions/The Enduring Silence, Photographs by MIchael P. Berman due in October 2012.
September 19 & 20
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