October 12, 2022 - January 11, 2023

The Springville Museum of Art invites all Utah artists to enter this exhibition which celebrates the diversity of religious experience and belief in our community. Using different media to express these ideas, artists create works which will engage and inspire viewers to contemplate and reflect on the vibrant spiritual traditions we share. 

photograph of a man and woman sitting down next to each other facing the viewerrelief sculpture with various figures in contorted shapespainting of three men in traditional Jewish attire standing with arms over each other's shoulders, smiling at the viewer

Thank you to all who entered the 36th Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah Exhibition. We had close to 550 entries from artists across the State. Our jurors spent hours reviewing your works and artist statements and discussing the incredible works you made. They were so impressed with your visual interpretations of spirituality and religion. As always, they wished they could accept more works. There are so many talented and thoughtful artists in our State. Thank you again. 

We will not have staff to facilitate art pickups on Saturday October 1st or Saturday October 8th. To make an appointment to pick up work outside of the pickup window (October 13th-15th, 10am-5pm) email kkimball@springville.org


Important Dates 

August 29, 2022 (before 5:00pm)
Online entry form available

Wednesday September 21, 2022 - Saturday September 24, 2022, 10:00am–5:00pm
Taking in artwork for exhibition during SMA administrative hours

Friday September 30, 2022 (before 5:00pm)
List of accepted works posted online

Wednesday October 12, 2022
Exhibition Opens
*Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation, 6:30-8:30pm 

Thursday October 13, 2022 - Saturday October 15, 2022, 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 

Wednesday Nov 16, 2022
SMA unframed: Sanctuaries, 6:30-8:00pm

Wednesday January 11, 2023
Closing date of exhibition

Thursday January 12, 2023 - Saturday January 14, 2023, 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 kkimball@springville.org

Eligibility and Requirements

All Utah artists are eligible to participate in this annual exhibition of spiritual and religious fine art. Artists may submit one or two works of any medium or style of visual art produced in the last 3 years. All works must be original in conception and execution. Artwork must be prepared securely for display and cannot exceed 11 feet on its largest dimension. Works that hang on a wall cannot exceed 9 feet in height. Artworks exceeding 150 pounds or over 7 feet on its largest dimension must be approved by SMA curatorial staff in advance by emailing kkimball@springville.org. All participating artists must agree to the Conditions of Entry and the Art Pickup Policy listed on this page. All work exhibited must comply with the SMA Community Standards policy. The Community Standards can be found here.

Entry Information

Original artwork must be received at the Springville Museum of Art September 21-24, 2022 during Museum Administrative Hours (10:00am-5:00pm). No entry fee will be charged. Any digital media that is submitted must be accompanied with the necessary hardware and technology to exhibit the work. Online Entry Forms should be completed at the latest before 9:00am on the day that you plan to bring your work to the Museum. 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 Museum encourages a diversity of beliefs and religions represented; if you have any questions about what kind of work may be submitted, please contact the Museum.

Distance Jurying

It is to your advantage to bring material artwork for the jurors to see in person.

Artists living over 100 miles from the Museum are eligible for digital entry. In addition to the standard online entry form, artists must email the Museum registrar at kkimball@springville.org to inform them of a digital entry in advance and to submit jurying images, attaching up to three images per work. This email must be received and online entry forms submitted by Saturday, September 24 at 4:00pm. Should your artwork be accepted, the Museum will contact you on Monday, September 26, and artwork must be physically present at the Museum by 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 

Works selected by jurors through the digital entry process are conditional upon quality of actual object/image and presentation/framing/quality etc.

Artist’s Statement

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. Statements submitted electronically will be reproduced on labels for display.

Insurance Policy

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 January 11, 2023 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.

Jury Process

This exhibition is juried in conjunction with the SMA curatorial staff. 

Jurors: Dr. Rita R. Wright, SMA Director and Esther Candari. 

Esther Hi’ilani Candari is a mixed race artist and educator from Hawai’i. She has an BFA from BYU-H, an MFA from Liberty University, and studied at the New York Academy of Art. 

Her work is primarily figurative and explores concepts such as; multiracial identity; gender and the female gaze in the context of religion; and the nuance of human psychology that can be expressed through portraiture. As an academic, her research and written work complement her visual artistry and serve to enrich and inform conversations related to race, gender, and Latter-day Saint theology.

In addition to her studio work she teaches art courses for Southern Virginia University, manages programming for Writ & Vision Gallery, and serves on the Board of Directors for Dialogue Foundation. Currently, she lives in Utah County with her husband, two rescue dogs, and an ever-growing collection of houseplants. 


A list of accepted work will be posted on the 36th Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah webpage of the smofa.org website on Friday September 30, 2022 before 5:00pm. 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 October 13 - Saturday October 15, 2022, 10:00am–5:00pm
  • Thursday January 12 - Saturday January 14, 2023, 10:00am–5:00pm

Upon entering the show, the artist or representative acknowledges that any works not picked up by the dates specified above will be subject to a storage fee of $5/day. Artwork picked up between these dates will be subject to a $5 handling fee.  *Any exceptions to these dates must be arranged in advance with SMA Curatorial Staff by emailing kkimball@springville.org. Storage and Handling fees will be waived if arrangements are made in advance with the SMA curatorial staff. After six months, any unclaimed artworks may be divested as SMA sees fit. Only the artist and those listed on the Online Entry Form as “Persons approved to pick up work” may take any art from the Museum.

Exhibition Events

Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation
Wednesday October 12, 2022, 6:30 - 8:00pm

SMA unframed: Sanctuaries
Wednesday November 16, 2022, 6:30-8:00pm
Join us for an evening of dialogue and exploration in conjunction with the invitational exhibition, Sanctuaries. 

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, coordinating with galleries if necessary. SMA staff will not set prices for artists. Prices cannot be changed after works have been dropped off and entry forms signed. Artwork will be sold as is, including any frames, pedestals, or other display supports provided by the artist.

1st Place Award - $1500

2nd Place Award - $1000

3rd Place Award - $750

(6) Awards of Merit - $150 each

Honorable Mentions - no cash prize 

Additional Questions?

Contact SMA’s Curatorial Staff at kkimball@springville.org or 801-491-5702 

stained glass of christ with arms extended next to a treebronze sculpture of Joseph of egypttwo young boys in the traditional attire of tibetan buddhist monks sit next to each other reading a bookpainting set in a stable of a figure leaning over a baby wrapping him in clothes, with a sheep and other livestock in the backgroundabstract encaustic work with stark contrast between dark grays and cream colors

Images (left to right, top to bottom):

Megan Geilman, Adam's Dilemma

Michael Aaron Hall, Sons of Helaman

Willamarie Huelskamp, The Brothers Rubinfeld

Darren Gygi, Sermon on the Mount

Holdman Studios, Consider the Lilies

Ben Hammond, Joseph, the Overseer

Thomas Horton, Lesson

Walter Rane, Prince of Peace

Cindy Clark, Remember, Remember, It is Upon the Rock