94th Annual Spring Salon
The Spring Salon was first held in 1922, begun by students and teachers of Springville High School who wanted to exhibit and promote original artwork. The Salon has been held annually since that time, except during World War II when fuel and other goods were rationed nationwide. The Springville Museum of Art continues the tradition today and invites all artists in Utah to participate in the 94th Annual Spring Salon. This exhibition is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art.
March 5, 2018–April 7, 2018
Online entry form available, link will be provided on smofa.org website
Wednesday April 4, 2018–Saturday April 7, 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Taking in artwork for exhibition
*NO artwork will be accepted on the Tuesday of that week as in past years
Friday April 13, 2018 (before 5:00pm)
List of accepted works posted online
Wednesday April 25, 2018
*Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation, 6:00–8:00pm
Thursday April 26, 2018–Saturday April 28, 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
First artwork pickup period
*if you’d like to pick up your work outside of the designated pickup period an appointment must be made with the curatorial staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday July 7, 2018
Closing date of exhibition
Tuesday July 10, 2018–Saturday July 14, 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Second artwork pickup period
*If you’d like to pick up your work outside of the designated pickup period an appointment must be made with the curatorial staff by emailing email@example.com
Eligibility and Requirements
The Salon is open to all Utah artists, working in any media. Each artist may submit up to two works of art created within the last three years. Works over three years old are not eligible. All works MUST be original in concept and execution. Artwork must be prepared securely for display and “ready to hang” with appropriate hardware. Artwork cannot exceed 11ft. on its largest dimension. Framed works that hang on a wall cannot exceed 9ft in height. All participating artists must agree to the Conditions of Entry and the Art Pickup Policy listed on this page. Works that have previously been accepted into Springville Museum of Art juried exhibitions are ineligible.
Original artwork must be received at the Springville Museum of Art April 4-7, 2018 during Museum Administrative Hours (10am-5pm). Each entry will cost $17.00. Any digital media that is submitted must be accompanied with the necessary hardware and technology to exhibit the work. Online Entry Forms must be completed 24 hours prior to delivering work to SMA. These Online Entry Forms may be found on the Upcoming Exhibitions section of our website: www.smofa.org. Artist Statements and label information should be included with this Online Entry Form. The Entry Form, as well as the entry fee must be received with the artwork(s) at the Museum before 5pm on Saturday April 7, 2018. Those artists designated as “Most Honored Artists of Utah” may enter without a fee but all works will be subject to the jurying process.
The Springville Museum of Art requests that each artist include an “Artist’s Statement” about their work with each entry submitted. Please keep statements between 25 words minimum and 100 words maximum. Artists will be able to electronically submit their statement at the time they complete the Online Entry Form and it may be used in the jury process. Those statements submitted electronically may be reproduced on labels for display and/or in the printed catalogue. Statements submitted after 5:00pm on Saturday April 7, 2018 will not be printed on labels and not considered in the jurying process. Statements cannot be changed after 5:00pm on Saturday April 7, 2018.
SMA’s insurance policy insures artwork on loan (except for high risk art) for the "fair market value" of the artwork, not necessarily the sales price of the piece. The "fair market value" is subject to an appraisal by a professional appraiser or art consultant, as determined by SMA’s insurance carrier. All works accepted for the exhibition will be insured through July 14, 2018, also for the fair market value. Frames and pedestals will not be insured for damage.
High Risk Art: (If you are not sure if your work falls in this category, please talk with SMA staff when you submit your piece):
- Paintings that are still wet or soft beneath the paint skin
- Any unframed works of art or works of art whose surface extends beyond and in front of the frame
- Works of art with previous condition problems
- Particularly fragile artworks, mixed media, installation, multi -part or assemblage works, glass, ceramic, plaster, exposed paper, etc.
- Poorly prepared pieces and frames (faulty wires, screw eyes, clips, etc.)
- Works of art behind regular silica glass (Pastels may be behind silica glass and be insured. Other works must be behind Plexiglas.)
- Artworks with exposed backs or simple paper backing (To be insured, works of art on canvas must have the back of the stretcher-bar covered by cardboard, foam core, etc., to protect the canvas.)
- Artwork that requires special handling provisions
All artists will be asked to sign a Release Agreement upon entry which affirms that they are the owner of the artwork being entered into the show. The artist will also (1) expressly waive any and all claims or causes of action that he or she has or may have in the future against SMA and Springville City arising from or in connection with the Exhibition and (2) agree to indemnify SMA and Springville City for any damages caused by artist and artist’s artwork and actions.
The Salon exhibition will be selected by jurors. ALL ARTISTS - including those recognized as “Most Honored Artists of Utah” - will be subject to the jurying process. SMA curators will conduct a round of pre-jurying prior to official jurying, if volume of works necessitates. The jurors will select the final artwork for the exhibition, in consultation with SMA Director, Dr. Rita R. Wright. SMA curators reserve the right to make final curatorial decisions regarding works in the exhibition and their placement. All work exhibited must comply with the SMA Community Standards policy. The Community Standards can be found here.
Beth Krensky, Professor of Art Education and Area Head of Art Teaching at the University of Utah
Elliott Wise, Assistant Professor of Art History at Brigham Young University
A list of accepted work will be posted on the Salon webpage of the smofa.org website on Friday April 13, 2018. Award winners will be notified via email before the opening reception, where the award winners will be announced publicly.
Art Pickup Policy
All artwork will be considered on temporary loan to the Springville Museum of Art (SMA) from date of entry, through the duration of the exhibition, until final pickup date listed below. Due to increased numbers of art submissions, artists must pick up all pieces from the Museum within the time frame specified here:
- Thursday April 26, 2018–Saturday April 28, 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm OR
- Tuesday July 10, 2018–Saturday July 14, 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
An exhibition catalogue will be printed with reproductions of select works. Not all accepted artworks will be illustrated in the catalogue. All artists receive one copy of the catalogue for every accepted entry. Catalogues cannot be mailed but should be picked up at the Museum by the artist during the exhibition dates or at time of art pick-up.
Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation – April 25, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
All submitting artists are invited to attend this public opening event of the exhibition. Accepted artists should come prepared to engage with public and answer questions regarding their work. Award-winning works will be announced at this event.
Awards, Purchases, and Sales
Artworks from the exhibition will be selected for cash and/or purchase awards. Awards are determined by jurors and curators. SMA retains a 30% commission on all art sales during the exhibition. Please price your work accordingly. If applicable, please coordinate with your gallery in pricing pieces. SMA staff will not set prices for artists.
Contact SMA’s Curatorial Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-491-5702