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Visual Arts Show Looking for Submissions

Oct 04, 2016 03:15PM ● By Kelly Cannon

By Kelly Cannon | [email protected]

The Sandy Arts Guild is calling all Utah artists for submissions to their annual Visual Arts Show, held Oct. 18 to 28, with the opening gala at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. The arts show has been going on in Sandy for over 10 years and started from the desire of Sandy residents. 

“It was a group of Sandy citizens who wanted to have a Sandy arts show. I think they came to Sandy City to receive some support,” said Lynne Naylor, the community events assistant. “

“Sandy City does support the visual arts show financially and with some administrative support.”

Categories include watercolor, oils, acrylics, clay art (either pottery or sculpture) and photography. There is also a separate category for those with disabilities. The show is open to any Utah resident over the age of 18. 

“We have entrants as far away as St. George,” Naylor said. “It would certainly limit the number of entries that we had to just have Sandy. Sandy has amazing artists, a lot of talent but it’s just like the art show at the Utah State Fair. That’s open to everyone in the state. It’s just a way of making it bigger.”

Artists can submit up to three entries and can register at Art drop off is from noon to 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Sandy Senior Center, 9310 S. 1300 East. The entry fee for the first piece is $20. The second and third entries are $15. 

“The fee goes toward the prize money. It varies from year to year but the best of show in 2013 won $750. It does vary from year to year,” Naylor said. “First place winners in 2013 won $450 and second place $325 but it does vary from year to year.” 

Artists using online registration will receive a $5 discount toward their first entry. Online registration ends Oct. 12 at noon. 

The show will be judged by judges hired by the Sandy Arts Guild. 

“We hire three judges, one for the clay arts and sculpture, one for photography and one for the oils, acrylics and watercolors,” Naylor said. “These are professional artists.” 

First, second and third place will be given out in each category. However, if the judges feel there are exceptional pieces, fourth and fifth place will be added. There will also be honorable mentions. 

The People’s Choice Award is also available and will take place each day through Oct. 25.

According to Naylor, the show usually receives around 300 pieces but varies year to year. 

For more information about the Sandy Visual Arts Show, visit or call 801-568-6097.