36th ANNUAL SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS ART OF UTAH
October 12, 2022 - January 11, 2023
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
This exhibition is juried in conjunction with the SMA curatorial staff.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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