The Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) President’s Art Show opened on Friday, October 10, with an awards ceremony that was held in the multipurpose room of the Center for Arts and Media, located at the South City Campus.
“This show showcases Utah art and this year appears to be the best show we’ve had,” says SLCC Academic Advisor Gordon Storrs. “We have a large variety of artists and they’re very well-known and respected artists here as well as artists that are brand new.”
The President’s Art Show features art from SLCC students as well as local Utah talent.
Attendees may purchase some of the art in the show, depending on whether or not the respective artist has the piece for sale at the event.
The evening reception saw judges picking first, second and third place winners.
Each of the winners received a cash award; $1000 went to first place with $500 given to second and third place winners.
There were other awards, such as the President’s Choice Award, which was presented by President Huftalin, and a purchase award, in which SLCC will purchase the piece to hang within the campuses.
“We’ve collected through all these years around 375 pieces of art and all of those pieces are located in the buildings of the college,” says Storrs.
There were one hundred submissions in this year’s show, with each piece varying in medium and style.
Artists were able to submit two pieces of art at $20 for each submission. There was no restriction of mediums nor was there a set theme. Artists could enter anything from photography pieces to sculptures and oil painting.
The art show has been around SLCC’s history for 20 years, but only has had the title of President’s Art Show for 8 years.
“It started out as a community art show and had several names throughout the years,” says Storrs. “The art show had actually become the President’s Art Show during the term of President Bioteau here at the college, she wanted to support the effort.”
The show’s effort was that of Storrs and Professor Terry Martin to help the visual beauty of SLCC campuses.
“The things hanging in the hallways were faded posters, they were old with no value at all,” says Storrs.
“We have an art program, we should have good art to look at and see.”
The art show will remain will remain open through Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.