93rd an­nual Spring Sa­lon ex­hibit opens at Springville Mu­seum of Art

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The 93rd an­nual Spring Sa­lon, one of the long­est-run­ning art shows in the state of Utah, opened on April 26 at the Springville Mu­seum of Art.

The Spring Sa­lon is a juried ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing pieces by Utah artists from many back­grounds and cre­ated us­ing a va­ri­ety of medi­ums. A to­tal of 886 en­tries were re­ceived and judged and 242 pieces were ac­cepted into this year’s ex­hibit.

The Spring Sa­lon will be on ex­hibit through July 8 at the mu­seum, lo­cated at 126 E. 400 South in Springville. The mu­seum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tues­days, Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wed­nes­days. The mu­seum is closed Sun­days, Mon­days and hol­i­days (ex­cept for spe­cial events). For more in­for­ma­tion about the Spring Sa­lon or other events and ex­hibits at the mu­seum, visit smofa.org. Spring Sa­lon award win­ners were an­nounced at an artist’s reception on April 26 by Dr. Rita Wright, direc­tor of the mu­seum, along with County Com­mis­sioner Greg Graves and Springville City Coun­cil­man Rick Child. The ex­hi­bi­tion is spon­sored by Springville City, Utah County and the Ge­orge Q. Mor­ris foun­da­tion.

The Spring Sa­lon was first held in 1922. It was be­gun by stu­dents and teach­ers at 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 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.

The en­trants to the ex­hibit come from many back­grounds. There are many pro­fes­sional artists who en­ter their art for con­sid­er­a­tion, but many oth­ers are am­a­teurs. There is a wide va­ri­ety of art medi­ums in­clud­ing oil, acrylic and wa­ter­color painting, tra­di­tional sculp­ture, mixed me­dia and assem­blage sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy and dig­i­tal me­dia.

One tra­di­tion of the Spring Sa­lon is the Penny Vote. Early in the his­tory of the show, con­tes­tants for Art Queen from the high school re­ceived votes as pen­nies were cast into a box. The con­tes­tant with the most pen­nies was se­lected as the Art Queen and the money went to­ward new art pur­chases for the mu­seum. This Penny Vote has now evolved into a pop­u­lar vote for se­lected pieces of art that are in­cluded in the show. This along with other ac­tiv­i­ties for mu­seum vis­i­tors makes at­ten­dance more of an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

The an­nual Spring Sa­lon art ex­hibit is now on dis­play at the Springville Mu­seum of Art. The ex­hibit will re­main up through July 8.

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