25 Years of Juried Art Shows

Many Vernal area residents don’t realize that the Uintah Arts Council has been holding an annual juried art show/contest for a quarter century. In fact, it’s the only juried art contest in northeastern Utah and cash prizes are awarded, too!

Many art mediums are exhibited every year… including oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, pencil or charcoal drawings, carving and sculpture. The other main visual art that is not represented in this show is photography… that’s because we have a separate juried Photography Shootout for the shutterbugs.

“Juried”… means judged. We engage someone, usually from outside of our immediate area who is accomplished and experienced in the visual arts, to come spend a day and judge all of the artwork that is submitted for the contest. Artists pay a modest fee with each piece they enter and the money collected goes toward the prizes awarded.

For the most part, artwork is judged only against items in the same category. For example, watercolors only compete against watercolors; drawings are only judged against other drawings; sculptures are only compared to other sculptures, etc.. Ultimately, one piece of artwork is singled out for “Best of Show”, but then there are prize winners in each category, a 1st and 2nd prize for each.

Each year, a theme is announced. Artwork may be entered in the “theme” division, where the subject is specific to the announced theme… or can be entered into the “open” division where there is no specific subject. Prizes in the “theme” division are a little larger than in the “open” division.

The best part of all is that this contest and show are open to anyone. It’s not just for professionals… and it’s not just for amateurs. If you’ve never been to one of our shows… come see what goes on. See what kind of artwork gets entered. See what won the prizes. Get a feel for it and maybe you’ve got something that you would like to enter next year. It’s free. It’s fun!

Theme for 2014 Juried Contests

There were a few recent posts that had the theme wrong for the 2014 Juried Art Contest and Show, our mistake, and has since been corrected. Entry forms, rules and all other docs have had the correct information all along… so hopefully no one based their whole artwork preparation on the misleading posts from the last week or so. If so, I’m sorry… we’ll make brownies for you. The theme is:

Windows, Water & Winding Roads

… and this will be the theme for both the 2014 Juried Art Contest and Show and the 2014 Juried Photography Shootout in October.

Artwork will be be accepted at the Thursday, September 4, 2014 and Friday, September 5, 2014.

Artwork will be judged on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The show will be hung at the new Uintah County Heritage Museum and will be on display from September 8, 2014 until Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

The reception and awards announcements will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014; 6:30 – 8 PM.

The show will end on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and artwork will need to be picked up on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to make way for the Juried Photography Shootout which will follow in October.

All rules, entry forms and entry labels that you need to enter the contest are here.

The Juried Art Show is usually held in June or July, but the move and the anticipated grand opening of the new museum precipitated the modification of dates for 2014. The Juried Photo Shootout will follow straight away in October. That’s exciting… the Uintah Arts Council gets to strut our stuff for two straight months in the new museum!Art pallette with many colors

10 Days Left to Prepare for the Annual Art Contest

2014 Juried Art Contest and Show.

The theme for 2014 is “Windows, Water & Winding Roads

Artwork will be be accepted at the Thursday, September 4, 2014 and Friday, September 5, 2014.

Artwork will be judged on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The show will be hung at the new Uintah County Heritage Museum and will be on display from September 8, 2014 until Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

The reception and awards announcements will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014; 6:30 – 8 PM.

The show will end on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and artwork will need to be picked up on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to make way for the Juried Photography Shootout which will follow in October.

All rules, entry forms and entry labels that you need to enter the contest are here.

The Juried Art Show is usually held in June or July, but the move and the anticipated grand opening of the new museum precipitated the modification of dates for 2014. The Juried Photo Shootout will follow straight away in October. That’s exciting… the Uintah Arts Council gets to strut our stuff for two straight months in the new museum!Art pallette with many colors

2014 Juried Art Contest and Show

2014 Juried Art Contest and Show.

The theme for 2014 is “Windows, Water & Winding Roads

Artwork will be be accepted at the Thursday, September 4, 2014 and Friday, September 5, 2014.

Artwork will be judged on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The show will be hung at the new Uintah County Heritage Museum and will be on display from September 8, 2014 until Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

The reception and awards announcements will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014; 6:30 – 8 PM.

The show will end on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and artwork will need to be picked up on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to make way for the Juried Photography Shootout which will follow in October.

All rules, entry forms and entry labels that you need to enter the contest are here.

The Juried Art Show is usually held in June or July, but the move and the anticipated grand opening of the new museum precipitated the modification of dates for 2014. The Juried Photo Shootout will follow straight away in October. That’s exciting… the Uintah Arts Council gets to strut our stuff for two straight months in the new museum!