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State calls for entries in Utah painting, sculpture competition

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, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 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 Nov. 23.

For guidelines, entry forms and more information, visit Questions from interested artists may be directed to Laura Durham, 801.533.3582, and media queries should go to Wendi Hassan, 801.860.6396,

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