Utah Women Artists Exhibition (UWAE)

Utah Women Artists Exhibition

Celebrating Women

Unlimited and Undaunted – 2018

Panel from Best of Show
“Desert Lullaby”
by Melody Jean Johnson

The 18th biennial juried Women Artists Exhibition opened May 10th 2018 for the 6th time at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center with a reception and awards ceremony attended by over 200 artists, donors, patrons, and viewers of the event.

The Exhibition attracted 199 entries and 76 were chosen for the exhibition.  The Juror Ashley Whitaker of the BYU Museum of Art noted “…it truly felt as if each one spoke out and told a unique and compelling story—insights into life’s beauties and tragedies; glimpses of people and places that fill us with strength, calm, hope, and love, narratives of personal discovery.”

Sixteen Awards were given totaling $9,850 in cash prizes.  A big thank you to AAUW members and friends who donated $4,690 to the UWAE Trust, as well as donations from AAUW of Utah and Wasatch Branch.  Other support came from grants from the ZOO ARTS and Parks (ZAP) and the Utah Arts and Museums.   Two new awards were created by artists who donated $3,000 each to honor their mothers, both artists of note.  $3,745 in entry fees by artists completed the funding.

This year’s exhibition was viewed and enjoyed by attendees to the AAUW Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, via a bus trip from the Downtown Radisson to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.  The Utah Women Artists Exhibition had been featured in the Utah reports to the last two Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, so the anticipation was high among the attendees, and they were not disappointed.

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center, and Michael Christensen provide major support for the success of our event.  This was the sixth exhibit held at the UCCC.  The next Art Show is scheduled for May-June 2020 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

The AAUW of Utah Committee for the Utah Women Artists Exhibition was chaired by Marilyn Shearer who also created the Catalog, Kathryn Horvat set up the online registration, Suzanne Nissen hosted the reception and researched the archives for historical data for the reception program, Claire Turner and Brenda Clausen coordinated the reception, Janet Bunger was the Art Show treasurer.  Assistance with the registration records was provided by ARTCall.org and Lysa McCarroll.

Marilyn Shearer,
Program Chair, AAUW of Utah
UWAE Committee Chair, AAUW of Utah

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Evening Watering by Barbara Ward

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