Statewide Annual

2021: Craft, photography, video & digital

The Statewide Annual theme rotates between Painting & Sculpture, Mixed Media & Works on Paper, and Craft, Photography, Video & Digital works. Works are chosen for display by two out-of-state artists or arts professionals. Jurors select one $1,000 Best in Show award, six $600 Jurors’ Awards, and two Honorable Mention awards. One People’s Choice award is selected by the public.

Visual arts competitions and exhibitions have been a project of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to all artists across the state of Utah. This year, the Statewide Annual Exhibition will be hosted at Finch Lane Gallery, in partnership with the Salt Lake Arts Council.

The 2021 call for submissions opens September 17 – October 22, 2021.

2021 Media Categories & Guidelines


This category accepts work in all forms of craft, including but not limited to, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, textiles, needle work and book arts.


This category accepts work in traditional photography or any work in which photography or photographic techniques are the primary media. This includes, images captured by either an analog or digital camera or created using alternative processes. Examples (including but not limited to) inkjet prints, silver gelatin prints, cyanotypes, etc.


This category includes film, video, and digital based works but does not include narrative or documentary film.


This category includes art made or presented using digital technology, including but not limited to digital paintings, digital collage, animation, etc.


  • 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.
  • There are no entry fees. Exhibitions sponsored by UA&M are funded by public tax dollars.


9/17/2021 – 10/22/2021
Call for submissions opens at 
Artist notified of results via email 
11/18-19 & 11/22-23
Selected artwork drop-off 
Exhibition opens with Artist Reception at Finch Lane Gallery, 6 – 9 PM
Exhibition closes

Criteria & The Jury Process

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 2021 jurors, Andres Payan Estrada and Adriene Hughes, 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 craft, photography, video, and digital artwork.

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: If accepted, does my work need to be framed?
A: All works must be framed, 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: 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.

Application Faqs

Q: When is the deadline?
A: Applications open Friday, September 17 and close Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM MT

Q: What are the file requirements?

  • Submit JPGs – size at 1500 pixels on the longest side with a minimum dpi of 72
  • Video & digital submissions may not exceed 400MB per file / 800MB per application.
    • Total run time per clip may not exceed 5 minutes.
    • As an alternative, video applicants can also include a link to platforms such as Vimeo or Youtube in the “Description” section of the Submittable application.

Please include the following as it applies to your submission:

  • Description, total run time, technological format/medium.
  • We have a limited variety of audio, video, and projection equipment for video, web-based, and digital works available for use. Please indicate in an attachment if you have your own equipment available in the application.

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: If accepted, can my artwork be for sale?
A: Yes. Sales will be handled directly by the artist with assistance from UA&M and Finch Lane Gallery 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.

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




2021 Jurors


Andres Payan Estrada, Los Angeles, CA

Andres Payan Estrada, born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, currently lives and works in Los Angeles. An artist and curator whose practice focuses on issues revolving around contemporary craft along with material and object practices with a focus on ceramics and queer theory. He is currently the curator of public engagement at Craft Contemporary and recently served as special visiting art faculty at the California Institute of the Arts and mentor at Warren Wilson College’s Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies. Payan Estrada is also the co-curator and co-founder of Craft Contemporary’s National Clay Biennial, founded and leads the annual fundraiser and sale CLAY LA, and recently curated the exhibition Total Collapse, Clay in the Contemporary Past for the Arizona State University Museum, along with establishing POTLUCK, a large-scale biennial clay and ceramics fundraiser, auction, and free public program series that benefits Craft Contemporary.


Adriene Hughes, San Diego, CA

Adriene Hughes holds an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,
and Tufts University. She is a multimedia artist, currently working with infrared
technology, photography and video installation—focusing on grand landscapes, and the
effects of global warming on the environment.

Hughes’ work has been exhibited widely, including a video installation at Venice
Biennial at the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, and solo exhibitions with the Lishui
International Photo Festival, China and BlackBox Projects, London UK. She has
completed a number of large-scale public art installations of infrared imagery of the
California Desert. Publications featuring her work include Wired, Lenscratch, Harper’s
Magazine, and PDN among others.

Awards include being named a 2018 Critical Mass Top 50, 2020 Critical Mass Finalist,
and winner of the 2018 Rhonda Wilson Award with Klompching Gallery, NY.

Adriene Hughes lives and works in San Diego, CA.

Lenka Konopasek, Mimicry 2, 2019


Nancy Rivera
Visual Arts Coordinator

Tory Guilfoyle
Visual Arts Assistant