^ Joseph Ostraff, (detail), 2020

Statewide Annual

2022: Painting, Sculpture & Installation

Visual arts competitions and exhibitions have been a project of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) since 1899. The Statewide Annual Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition that presents a survey of current, outstanding visual arts work by Utah-based artists through three rotating themes: Painting, Sculpture & Installation, Mixed Media & Works on Paper, and Craft, Photography, Video & Digital.

Entry to the call for submissions is free and open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, including students (18+), young graduates, emerging, and established artists. Exhibitions sponsored by UA&M are funded by public tax dollars. 

Ogden Contemporary Arts will be the host venue for the 2022 Statewide Annual Exhibition.


  • This competition is open to visual artists residing in Utah. 
  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Entries are limited to two (2) original works. Work must have been completed in the past 3 years. 
  • Works previously accepted in a juried competition sponsored by UA&M are not eligible.
  • Jurors will make final determinations on qualifying media within this year’s media categories (see page 3).


Jurors select one Best in Show award ($1,000), six Jurors’ Awards ($600) , and two Honorable Mentions ($200). One People’s Choice award ($150) is selected by the public.


Our host venue for the 2022 Statewide Annual Exhibition is Ogden Contemporary Arts. View a virtual tour of the space.


Monday, August 29 | Online submissions open
Friday, September 30 | Online submissions close
Friday, October 21 | Artists notified of results via email
Friday, November 4 | Exhibition opens with an artist reception at Ogden Contemporary Arts
Friday, January 6, 2023 | Exhibition closes

If accepted, artists must deliver work between October 26 – 29 at Ogden Contemporary Arts or in Salt Lake City (location TBA).


Q: What are the selection criteria?
A: This year's categories are painting, sculpture, and installation.

  • Painting: This category accepts work that involves painting of any kind upon any surface.
  • Sculpture: This category accepts any three-dimensional art object created by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques.
  • Installation: This category accepts large-scale, mixed-media constructions, designed to be displayed for a temporary period of time.

Q: What is the jury process?
A: The submission and jury process will be conducted virtually via Submittable. Applications are reviewed by staff for completion, eligibility, and adherence to published guidelines. Our 2022 jurors, Anna Valdez and Ya La’ford, will review all eligible applications and make final selections.

Q: What are jurors looking for?
A: The jurors are looking for compelling and skillful work in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and installation.

Q: Will I receive feedback on the work?
A: Due to the number of entries received, the jurors are unable to provide specific feedback.

Q: Where will the exhibition be on view?
A: This year’s Statewide Annual Exhibition will be on view at Ogden Contemporary Arts, located at 455 25th St, Ogden.

Q: If accepted, does my work need to be framed?
A: No. However, all works not framed, must be fully assembled, or otherwise ready for exhibition as the artist intends to present them (no sawtooth hangers, wires/D-rings preferred, or secure attachments).

Q: If accepted, can my artwork be for sale?
A: Yes. Sales will be handled directly by the artist with assistance from UA&M and OCA staff. Works not for sale must clearly be marked “NFS” (Not For Sale) on your loan agreement. If your work is not for sale you must indicate an insurance value. We will not be taking a commission on sales.

Works accepted for exhibition may not be withdrawn for any reason. The submission of entries presupposes the right to photograph the works for catalogs, publicity, educational, and promotion purposes in perpetuity. By applying, you agree to these terms.


Q: When is the deadline?
A: Applications open Monday, August 29 and close Friday, September 30, 2022 11:59 PM MT

We will not accept late applications. We recommend that you finish the application two days prior to the deadline in case you encounter any issues. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Q: Where do I apply?

Q: What are the file requirements?
A: Only digital images/files are accepted for consideration. All images must be uploaded through our online platform, Submittable (see link above).

Submit jpgs at 1500 pixels on the longest side with a minimum dpi of 72
File naming example: Smith_Jane_1.jpg or for detail, installation, or alternate view images: Smith_Jane_1_detail.jpg

Q: How many works can I submit?
A: You may submit a maximum of two artworks with up to three images per artwork.

Q: Can I apply to more than one category?
A: Yes. If you submit two works, you may submit two in one category or one in either category.

Q: I can’t log onto my Submittable account. Should I contact your staff?
A: Our staff does not have access to your Submittable account. If you are unable to login to Submittable, or are having other issues related to the website, we suggest you contact Submittable directly at

Q: Can we apply as a duo or group?
A: Yes, please use one artist’s name and information on the application, and in your project summary note that this is a collaboration and include all names.


2022 Jurors


Ya La'Ford, Bronx, NY

Ya La'Ford is an artist, educator, and foremost a transporter—working between the visual and the complexities of the human community with layered meanings—through a wide range of media including paint, sculpture, installation, video, and sound. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from The Art Institute of Boston and also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

As a first-generation American, she moves between her Jamaican heritage and vulnerable communities using the power of art as a universal language. Ya La’ford’s mission is centered on creating art and experiences, which exist to immeasurably transform and revolutionize the social, cultural, and historic contexts of creative expression within the human journey.

La’Ford’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Vinik Family Foundation. She has notably exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Fine Art, the Asia Contemporary Art Show, Venice Biennale Activation Projects, Yeelen Gallery, and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Presently, she has scheduled solo shows through 2025, where Survey: The West, from her residency and exhibition at Ogden Contemporary Arts will travel to The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, Fall-Summer 2025. Amongst many other large scale public work notably the exterior elevation at St Petersburg History Museum and a police tribute monument.

Her work can be found as sculpture, installation, mural design, and exterior façades with a focus on the language of geometric design, symbols, and ethnography to recreate the connections of a space and the divine intervention paths that preserve our destinies as individuals and as a community.


Anna Valdez, Los Angeles, CA

Anna Valdez is a multi-disciplinary artist who examines the relationship between objects, cultural formation, and collective consciousness. Creating epic tableaux in her studio, Valdez moves seamlessly between still life and landscape painting, collecting objects and making new ones, and cultivation, observation, and fictionalization.

Valdez received her MFA in painting from Boston University in 2013 and her BA in Anthropology and Art from University of California, Davis in 2009. Her work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR; North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT; Cañada College in Redwood City, CA; Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY; David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, CO; 1969 Gallery, Alexander Berggruen Gallery, and Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, NY; and OCHI in Sun Valley, ID and Los Angeles, CA. Valdez’s work has been featured in publications including Juxtapoz Magazine, New American Paintings, Artsy, and Artillery Magazine. Her work is included in various public collections including Pérez Art Museum Miami in Miami, FL and the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University in Orange, CA.

Lenka Konopasek, Mimicry 2, 2019


Nancy Rivera
Visual Arts Coordinator

Tory Guilfoyle
Visual Arts Assistant