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Statewide Annual competition and exhibition call for entries Utah 2011: Painting & Sculpture (SLC: Deadline Sept 22 - 23)

For immediate release
September 1, 2011

Contact: Wendi Hassan, Communications Specialist, 801.860.6396
Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Claudia Nakano, Communications Director, 801.859.8443
Utah Department of Community and Culture

Statewide Annual competition and exhibition call for entries
Utah 2011: Painting & Sculpture

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has issued a call for painting and sculpture entries for the 2011 Statewide Annual competition and exhibition. Utah artists residing in Utah aged 18 or older may submit up to two entries. Original artworks will be received Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Rio Gallery, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West) in Salt Lake City.

Accepted media rotate in a three year cycle. Craft and photography entries will be accepted in 2012, mixed media and works on paper in 2013, and painting and sculpture works will return in 2014. Jurors will disqualify artwork that does not fit in the requested category.

“The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has sponsored visual arts competitions and juried exhibitions since 1899,” said Division Director Margaret Hunt, “making it one of the first activities of the first state arts council. Each year we look forward to discovering new artists as well as seeing the new works of established artists.”

The jurors for the exhibit will be Ivar Zeile of Denver, Colorado and Julia Latane of Los Angeles California. Ivar Zeile is owner and director of Plus Gallery, one of Denver’s most reputable programs for contemporary art and a member of the Denver Mayor’s Commission for Cultural Affairs. Julia Latane has been making sculpture and drawings for the past 20 years and exhibits her work nationally and internationally, showing in galleries and museums such as the Oakland Museum of California, Diverse Works in Houston, and the Tucson Museum of Art.

A public awards reception will be held Friday, October 21 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and works selected for exhibition will remain on display in the Rio Gallery Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through November 23, 2011.

For guidelines, entry forms and more information, please visit artsandmuseums.utah.gov. Questions from interested artists may be directed to Laura Durham, 801.533.3582, ldurham@utah.gov and media queries should go to Wendi Hassan, 801.860.6396, whassan@utah.gov.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

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