96th Annual Spring Salon [Fall Edition]

We would like to thank every artist who entered our Fall Edition of the 96th Annual Spring Salon. We received almost 1,000 entries and the jurors were blown away by the talent and timeliness of the submitted work. This made for a challenging jurying process, and we wish we had the space to exhibit more of your impressive and thoughtful works of art. The Museum staff thanks you for participating during this challenging time. It has lifted our spirits to see all the creative and ambitious work being created by all of you.

If you are unable to pick up your artwork during the designated pickup periods, please schedule your art pickup by emailing Hannah at hbarrett@springville.org. Scheduled art pickup is Thursday October 22nd - Saturday October 24, 2020 between 10am-5pm. 

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October 21, 2020 - January 13, 2021

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 96th Annual Spring Salon. This exhibition is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art.

Important Dates 

Wednesday September 23, 2020 - Saturday September 26, 2020, 10:00am-5:00pm
Taking in artwork for exhibition

Monday October 5, 2020 (before 5:00pm)
List of accepted works posted online

Wednesday October 21, 2020 
Exhibition Opens
*Online Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation, 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday October 22, 2020 - Saturday October 24, 2020 
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 hbarrett@springville.org

 Wednesday January 13, 2021 
Closing date of exhibition

Thursday January 14, 2021 - Saturday January 16, 2021
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 hbarrett@springville.org

SMA takes a small commission on artworks sold in exhibitions. All funds are put towards the growth and care of our Permanent Collection. 

Click here for a complete list of artworks available for purchase in the 96th Annual Spring Salon [Fall Edition]. Artworks can be purchased in person at the Museum or over the phone by calling 801-489-2727.

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. Artworks exceeding 150 pounds or over 7ft. on its largest dimension must be approved by SMA curatorial staff in advance by emailing hbarrett@springville.org. 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. 

Entry Information
Original artwork must be received at the Springville Museum of Art Sep 23-26, 2020 during Museum Administrative Hours (10am-5pm). Each entry will cost $18.00 and must be paid online in advance. 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 the online entry form. The entry form as well as the entry fee must be received with the artwork(s) at the Museum before 5 p.m. on Saturday September 26, 2020. Please be prepared to follow social distancing guidelines when bringing work to the Museum, including wearing a face covering. Those artists designated as “Most Honored Artists of Utah” may enter without a fee but all works will be subject to the jurying process.

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. Those statements submitted electronically may be reproduced on labels for display and/or in the printed catalogue. Statements submitted after 5:00pm on Saturday September 26, 2020 will not be printed on labels and not considered in the jurying process. Statements cannot be changed after 5:00pm on Saturday September 26, 2020.

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 15, 2020, 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
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.  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.
Kristian Anderson

Kristian Anderson is the Executive Director of Louisville Visual Art in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to his arrival in Louisville, Anderson was the Senior Policy Advisor for Arts and Culture to the Mayor of Salt Lake City and the Executive Director of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. He was the founder and host of “SLC Culture” – a weekly radio show highlighting arts, culture in Salt Lake. Anderson earned his B.A. in History and Classical and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology at the University of Minnesota.  He also holds a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Colorado.

David Ericson

David Ericson established David Ericson Fine Art in 1978, specializing in Utah painting and sculpture. David has been heavily involved in consulting for various artists and multiple art committees, including: Governor’s Mansion Foundation Board, Salt Lake County Art Advisory Board, Utah Arts Council Collection Committee, LDS Church Art Committee, University of Utah Special Exhibitions Committee and several others. David Ericson Fine Art has appraised a myriad of important collections throughout the country from personal estates to various institutions in the inter-mountain west. David continues to research early Utah artists and Utah’s unique pioneer art history.

A list of accepted work will be posted on the Salon webpage of the smofa.org website on Monday October 5, 2020. 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 22, 2020 - October 24, 2020, 10:00am-5:00pm 
  • Thursday January 14, 2021 - Saturday January 16, 2021, 10:00am-5:00pm

Upon entering the show, the artist or representative acknowledges that any works not picked up by January 16, 2021 will be subject to a storage fee of $5/dayArtwork 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 hbarrett@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 Catalogue 
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 pickup.
Exhibition Events
Online Opening Reception and Award Ceremony, October 21, 6:30-7:30pm

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.
Additional Questions?
Contact SMA’s Curatorial Staff at elarsen@springville.org or 801-491-5702