A red and blue painting of a tree trunk.

The People Have Spoken

Our Statewide Annual Exhibition is on display in our Rio Gallery until January 10. This year, we introduced a new award to the Statewide Annual: the People’s Choice Award. Visitors to the exhibition voted for their favorite piece in the show, selecting Cody Chamberlain’s Source (seen above) as the winner. 

Our staff received more than 200 entries for this year’s Statewide Annual, from Logan to Cedar City, including 50 cities statewide. This is a record number for this media category (mixed media and works on paper). Engaging artists across the state through this annual exhibition is a longstanding tradition of our Visual Arts Program. The show surveys the best emerging and professional artists in the state and serves as a celebration of their creative contributions. 

The entries were juried by Emily Endo from Joshua Tree, California, and Jason Franz from Cincinnati, Ohio, who each traveled to Utah to share their knowledge and expertise with us. Endo is a visual artist and co-director of the Dust to Dust Gallery and the High Desert Observatory, and Franz is the executive director and chief curator of Manifest Gallery.