Announcement of the Theme for 2017

The theme for the Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts’ contests in 2017 is “Once In a Lifetime”!

A strong shift is occurring this year as some major changes have been made in the rules… and everyone is automatically entered in the “theme”!

We want to see the best you’ve ever had… that “Once In a Lifetime” piece that will never be duplicated!

First of all, there is no time limit for your entries. In the past, it has been a requirement that your art (or photo) must have been created within the last two years. Not this time… you may have a drawing or a photograph that was created 10, 25, or 40 years ago, if it is your “Once In a Lifetime” piece, you may enter it, as long as you created it and as long as it has never been entered in one of our previous shows. That would be Uintah Arts Council, Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts, or any contest at the Western Heritage, or now the Uintah County Heritage Museum. If it was shown but no prizes were awarded for that show… it may be entered in our show this year.

The second big change is that each artist may now only enter two (2) pieces of artwork. So pick you two very best items.

The last big change is that we have had to revamp the prize matrix. In well over twenty years of paying out more prize money than we have taken in, we have had to trim back the cash prizes somewhat.

Our greatest hope is that all of you artists and photographers will continue to enter these shows/contests for the recognition, exposure, and just the sheer pleasure of showing off your wonderful creations.

Most of the rest of the rules are staying nearly the same, but you should double-check all of them as you prepare your entries.

Click on the tabs at the top of the web page at, to get to the information you need, whether its for the Photo Shootout or whether it’s for the Art Show. I think you’ll find everything you need.

Four Important Points

Hello Artists,

A few things, first, check your promotions folder or junk mail  if you didn’t receive the meeting invitation already sent.

Second, The Library in the large conference room has wonderful artwork and photography featuring  Lori Burchinal, Jay Stocks, Deena Millecam, Susan Dart, and two other artists work.  They are hosting an Open House on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 PM.  Hope to see you all there!

Third, a reminder that we will be presenting our Uintah Mountain Artist group, our intentions and goals to the Chamber of Commerce at their luncheon on Tuesday, November 15 at noon at the Golden Corral.  If you want to show 1 or 2 pieces of work be there by 11:30, and bring your own easel.  You can buy lunch if you’d like but it’s not necessary.

Fourth, our next meeting is Wednesday, November 16.  I know…busy busy busy!  Creative people tend to be busy people…true?

And think on this….we need someone to oversee the “Trees for Charity Event” Artwork will be displayed in the back foyer, and the UBOC Christmas concert also wants artwork displayed that Saturday, Dec. 3rd and someone needs to oversee that Event,  Be prepared to volunteer!  We’ll talk about these needs on Wednesday

Till we meet again…
Nila Jane
Event Coordinator

Uintah Mountain Artists Invitation

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Uintah Mountain Artists

Presentation by Marjorie Reynolds
‘The Art of Composing Your Composition’

Please bring your sketchbook and your favorite sketching tools!

Help us make the Uintah Basin an Art destination
Any type of visual artist is welcome…quilting, crafts, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, woodworking, pottery, origami…

Remember to bring your “Resurrect” challenge!
Wednesday, Nov. 16
7:00 PM
Split Mountain Conference room in the Uintah County Building
152 E 100 N, Vernal, UT

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Featured ‘High Contrast’ artwork:
Rebecca Ipson
Marjorie Reynolds
Lori Burchinal
Kenna Rieske
Josephine Moellmer

My mailing address is:
Nila Jane Autry
2381 West 550 North
Vernal, UT  84078

Call For Entries

It’s time to start preparing your entries for the 27th Annual Juried Art Contest

Flyer with dates and info for Juried Art Show 2016

Downloadable Rules HERE

or read about the contest HERE

Downloadable Entry Forms HERE

Flyers and forms are also available at the Uintah County Heritage Museum during regular business hours.

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Specifics Announced for Juried Art Show

The 2016 Outlaw Trail Festival Juried Art Show, celebrating its 27th Year, will feature the theme of “Boots, Buckles & Bling”. The contest offers up to $1,400 in cash prizes available.

Art entries (oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawings and sculpture) will be accepted at the Uintah County Heritage Museum, 155 East Main Street, Vernal, Utah on Thursday and Friday, June 2nd and 3rd, 2016 during regular museum business hours.

Artwork will be on display from Monday, June 6th through Thursday, June 29th. A reception for the artists, families and the community will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 6:30 – 8 PM.

For rules, entry forms, artwork labels and everything you may need, please click on the links below.

Art Show Rules-2016     Art Show Entry Forms     Art Show Entry Labels

Forms and Rules Are Ready to Go

Entry Forms, Rules & Entry Labels are all ready to go for the Annual Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts Juried Art Contest–and you can get to them right HERE. All applicable dates are listed in the rules.

“Circles, Columns & Rows” is the theme for 2015. If you want to compete in the “theme” area, it’s totally up to you to decide if your artwork relates to one, two or all three parts of that theme. Just be sure that a juror will be able to tell that it is obviously theme related.

Our Photo Shootout will be coming up in October–with the same theme–so keep those cameras handy, too.

Theme for 2015 Art & Photo Contests Announced

Here’s the theme for this year’s contests:

Circles, Columns & Rows

Our Annual Juried Art Contest will be back to its traditional spot in June–entries will be accepted May 28th & 29th… and the Annual Juried Photo Shootout will again be in October. Detailed dates are published. There have also been some very minor rule adjustments for the Photo Shootout for this year.

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Last Chance To See This Year’s Art Show

The 2014 Juried Art Show will be on display through Tuesday, September 30th at the new Uintah County Heritage Museum. Housed in the former library building at 155 East Main Street in Vernal, the Art Show will be taken down after the 30th to make way for the Photo Shootout. Entries for this juried photography contest are due on Thursday & Friday, October 2nd & 3rd.

Drop by during regular business hours and see the marvelous artwork of our local artists. In the meantime, start planning your artwork for the same show, tentatively set for next June… or figure out which photos you would like to enter in the Photo Shootout.

All of the details are at We would love to see you there!

Artist’s Award Reception Tonight!

The Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts Annual Juried Art Show Awards Reception will be held tonight, Thursday, September 11, 2014, to announce the winners and let all of the artists show off to the friends, family and the whole community.

6:30 PM at the new Uintah County Heritage Museum at 155 East Main Street in Vernal (the former library). Free admission. Everyone is welcome.

The winners will be announced at approximately 7 PM… and the reception will end at 8 PM.