95th Annual Spring Salon

We would like to thank every artist who entered their work into the Spring Salon. We received the most submissions we have in the past eight years and the jurors were overwhelmed by the technical quality and skill demonstrated. The creativity exhibited made for a very difficult jurying process and we appreciate how challenging it can be to submit work to a show this competitive. It was incredible to see the diversity of styles and mediums being created by Utah artists. Thank you again for sharing your work with us.

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 April 25th, 2019 - Saturday April 27th, 2019 between 10am-5pm. 

April 24, 2019 - July 6, 2019 

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 95th Annual Spring Salon. This exhibition is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art.

Important Dates 

March 8, 2019 - April 6, 2019 
Online entry form available, link will be provided on smofa.org website

Wednesday April 3, 2019 - Saturday April 6, 2019, 10:00am-5:00pm
Taking in artwork for exhibition
*NO artwork will be accepted on the Tuesday of that week as in past years

Friday April 12, 2019 (before 5:00pm)

List of accepted works posted online

Wednesday April 24, 2019
Exhibition Opens
*Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation, 6:00–8:00pm

Thursday April 25, 2019 - Saturday April 27, 2019, 10:00am-5:00pm

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 May 22, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Artist Round Table Event

Saturday July 6, 2019
Closing date of exhibition

Wednesday July 10, 2019 –Saturday July 13, 2019, 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 hbarrett@springville.org

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. 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 April 3-6, 2019 during Museum Administrative Hours (10am-5pm). Each entry will cost $17.00. 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 this 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 April 6, 2019. 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 April 6, 2019 will not be printed on labels and not considered in the jurying process. Statements cannot be changed after 5:00pm on Saturday April 6, 2019. 

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 July 14, 2019, 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.
Jorge Rojas, Director of Education and Engagement at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Jessica Farling, Director of the Southern Utah Museum of Art

Click here to learn more about this year's Spring Salon jurors!


A list of accepted work will be posted on the Salon webpage of the smofa.org website on Friday April 12, 2019. 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 April 25, 2019 - Saturday April 27, 2019, 10:00am-5:00pm 
    • Wednesday July 10, 2019 - Saturday July 13, 2019, 10:00am-5:00pm

Upon entering the show, the artist or representative acknowledges that any works not picked up by July 14, 2019 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 pick-up.
Exhibition Events
Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation – April 24, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
All submitting artists are invited to attend this public opening event of the exhibition. Accepted artists should come prepared to engage with the public and answer questions regarding their work. Award-winning works will be announced at this event. Award winners will be notified via email before the opening reception.

Artist Round Table - TBD
Join us for a free networking event for art professionals. All are invited to participate in conversations about important topics chosen by local artists.

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