97th Annual Spring Salon

Out of nearly 1,000 entries in this year's Spring Salon only around 250 were accepted for display. The jurors were blown away by the work they saw and impressed with the skills and thoughtfulness of Utah artists. As always they wished there was more room to accept more entries. There were so many great pieces they had to ultimately let go. Thank you for entering and for participating in the show! We love seeing your work and being a venue to celebrate the work of Utah's living artists.

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. No art pickups will be facilitated on Saturday, April 10th. Scheduled art pickup is Thursday April 22 - Saturday April 24, 2021, 10:00am-5:00pm. 

April 21, 2021 - July 3, 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 97th Annual Spring Salon. This exhibition is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art.

Important Dates 

Friday, March 5, 2021
Online entry form available

Wednesday March 31, 2021 - Saturday April 3, 2021, 10:00am-5:00pm
Taking in artwork for exhibition

Friday April 9, 2021 (before 5:00pm)
List of accepted works posted online

Wednesday April 21, 2021 
Exhibition Opens
*Awards Ceremony, via Zoom, 6:30-8:00pm

Thursday April 22 - Saturday April 24, 2021, 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

Saturday July 3, 2021 
Closing date of exhibition

Wednesday July 7, 2021 - Saturday July 10, 2021, 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

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 97th Annual Spring Salon. 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 Agreement 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 March 31-April 3, 2021 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, at latest, 24 hours prior to delivering work to SMA. These Online Entry Forms may be found on the Spring Salon webpage after March 5, 2021. 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 April 3, 2021. 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. Artists may choose to ship their artwork to the Museum for jurying at their own expense; artists are responsible for any return arrangements.

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 3, 2021 will not be printed on labels and not considered in the jurying process. Statements cannot be changed after 5:00pm on Saturday April 3, 2021.

Insurance Agreement
SMA’s insurance agreement 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 10, 2021, 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 Guidelines. The Community Standards can be found here.
Micah Christensen, Ph.D.

Micah earned his doctorate in the History of Art from University College London, where he travelled throughout Spain, Italy, France, and United Kingdom to study how artists were trained in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He received his Masters in Fine Art from Sotheby’s Institute (London). There he worked with the founder of the Antiques Home Roadshow and other experts in the London auction world. Micah has lectured at the British Library and for the University of Cambridge on the History of Art. He is currently a partner at Anthony’s Fine Art & Antiques (Salt Lake City) and a Board Member of the Springville Museum of Art. He regularly lectures on continues to lecture, write, and consult with public institutions and private collectors. He is a co-author of the forthcoming Dictionary of Utah Art & Artists.

Scotti Hill

Scotti Hill is a Salt Lake City-based attorney, art critic, and curator. Her criticism has appeared in a number of publications including The Deseret News, 15 Bytes: Utah’s Art Magazine, and the New Art Examiner. She's curated exhibitions for Granary Arts, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Topaz Museum, Modern West Fine Art, and the Rio Gallery, and worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Art History at Westminster College and the University of Utah from 2011-present. 

A list of accepted work will be posted on the Salon webpage of the smofa.org website on Friday April 9, 2021. Award winners will be notified via email before the opening reception, where the award winners will be announced publicly. 
Art Pickup Agreement
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 22- Saturday April 24, 10:00am-5:00pm 
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 - Saturday July 10, 2021, 10:00am-5:00pm

Upon entering the show, the artist or representative acknowledges that any works not picked up by July 10, 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, April 21, 6:30-7:30pm
To allow for social distancing, please do not visit the Museum the evening of April 21

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 hbarrett@springville.org or 801-491-5702