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ABOUT THE PROJECT
Thrive125 in partnership with Utah Division of Arts & Museums invites visual artists and creatives working in all mediums to create contemporary interpretations of the 125 year anniversary of Utah Statehood. Artists are requested to submit a Statement of Interest to create a new artwork or submit existing work that fits into this project’s intent of exploring this anniversary. Selected artists will receive $3,000 in exchange for a high-quality digital image of the artwork and the unrestricted use of the image in the promotion and celebration of Thrive125 and the Utah arts community. The artist retains the work and the copyright.
This 125th anniversary of statehood includes all of the people who have shaped Utah during the past 125 years, as well as all the indigenous peoples who lived in the region for thousands of years before statehood. And while it is a celebration for some, it may not be for others. This is a chance to honestly discuss our relationships to each other, to the nation as a whole, and to the land itself.
Since joining the United States on January 4, 1896, after a 50-year effort, Utah has evolved into a dynamic and diverse state. It is a crossroads for America and an economic hub of the Rocky Mountains, anchored by a vibrant culture.
Your statement of interest may include why you are interested in the project, conceptual ideas for a new work, or explanations of how the existing work proposed responds to this project.
Artworks may be in any visual medium and in any style.
Up to 10 images or video files may be submitted. Please size at approx. 1500 pixels on the largest side for still images and .mov sampling no longer than 2 minutes. Entries cannot exceed 400MB per file or 800MB total.
A minimum of ten artists will be selected from the applications. Selected artists will be invited to create a new artwork based on their statement of interest, past work samples, or images of the proposed existing works. All of the digital images accepted will become part of the archive of the State’s marking of this anniversary. The artist will retain the work and the copyright, with the aforementioned usage rights granted to the Department of Heritage and Arts as an agency of the State of Utah. This project is for artists 18 and older.
Thrive125 is an initiative developed by the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts with support from the Governor’s Office and the Utah Legislature. Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Department of Heritage and Arts within Utah state government.