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Ryan Moffett, Liz Lemon, Weird Utah, BDAC Winners, Ernesto Balderas, Statewide Annual Winners

9/30 BYUTV ARTFUL: Ryan Moffett and Liz Lemon

After contracting Multiple Sclerosis, Ryan Moffett rediscovers his faith by sculpting. Liz Lemon Swindle thinks her art days are behind her until she finds inspiration in The Chosen, and a new appreciation for the life of Christ.


9/29 SLTRIB: From a sphinx of Joseph Smith to the Ninth and Ninth whale, these landmarks help keep Utah weird.

Utahns like to tell the newcomers to check out the sites — and there are plenty of familiar landmarks, such as Temple Square, the This Is the Place monument, Delicate Arch and Zion National Park.

But there are some landmarks that defy description, and sometimes belief. They are locations you’re kind of surprised exist anywhere — let alone in Utah.

Here are seven one-of-a-kind Utah landmarks, listed roughly in order of creation:



Olga Hegner, “Chasing Light”

9/29 BDAC Announces winners of its Golden Hour Plein Air Competition


1st Place: “Chasing Light” by Olga Hegner (pictured at right)

2nd Place: “Kodachrome Color” by Alan Brockbank

3rd Place: “Pink Salt Beach” by Olivia Glascock


1st Place: “Success Lies in its Sloping Typography” by Sarah Nystrom

2nd Place: “Scrap Backyard” by Rosanna Lynne Welter (cropped)

3rd Place: “Light My Sight” by Annette Campbell

Honorable Mention: “Golden September” by Alicia Finlayson (cropped)

Honorable Mention: “Sanpete” by Robert Fuerer (cropped)



9/15 Ernesto Balderas becomes interim director of Utah Cultural Alliance

“Balderas was hired as the organization’s Communications Director in 2020 and more recently served in the Deputy Director role. Under his leadership, UCA will continue its work to support and represent the arts and cultural community in Utah and to measurably expand investment in the sector. A skilled dance performer, Ernesto graduated from Southern Utah University (SUU) Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration in 2017. During his undergraduate and graduate work at SUU, Ernesto worked for and with many nonprofit organizations including at Southern Utah University, with TURN Community Services, at Southern Utah Museum of Art, and for the last three years at
Utah Cultural Alliance.

In his new role at the helm of UCA, Ernesto plans to expand the community of artists, performers, museums and cultural institutions that UCA supports and showcase the evidence of the sector’s positive impact on the State’s economics and quality of life. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Utah as Interim Director of the Utah Cultural Alliance,” Ernesto said. “UCA is the industry organization for the cultural sector, which significantly contributes to Utah’s employment, tourism spending, and overall GDP. A thriving arts & cultural sector benefits Utahns and visitors alike.”



Jean Richardson, “Linear”

9/8 Utah Arts & Museum’s Announces Winners of Statewide Annual 

BEST OF SHOW: Linear, Jean Richardson (artwork pictured above)

Juror’s Award: Two Turtles at Gikal, Brandi Chase

Juror’s Award: Nepantla, Rocio Cisneros-Vasquez

Juror’s Award: Obsessive Love Disorder, Jamie Clyde

Juror’s Award: Skeletons in the Lake, Jim Frazer

Juror’s Award: Void, Lenka Konopasek

Juror’s Award: Last Tasmanian Tiger, Alison Neville

Honorable Mention: Binding Death, James Rees

Honorable Mention: Light in Her Countenance, Evelyn Roundy

People’s Choice: Binding Death, James Rees

Thank you to all of the artists who took part in all aspects of this juried exhibition. The 2023 Statewide Annual, on display through September 16 at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, is composed of 28 artworks of mixed media or works on paper selected from nearly 400 artists’ submissions received from across the state. We were honored to have Julio César Morales of Arizona and Pat Hickman of New York as this year’s jurors, as they brought a vast array of knowledge to the selection process regarding material use, concept, craft, experimentation, and the art world at large.

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