NEWS: Best of Utah Design Showcased at Rio Gallery (SLC)

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Utah Department of Heritage & Arts 
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From Bundt Pans to Buildings, Utah’s Best Design Honored in Exhibit


SALT LAKE CITY — Projects by graphic designers, architects, and product designers will be showcased in the annual exhibition of the best of design in Utah.

DesignArts ‘17 is open at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City through October 20th. A reception coinciding with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll will be hosted in the gallery on October 20th from 6-9 pm for the designers, friends, family and public. 

Juror Brooke Hodge selected ten designs by Utah designers with projects ranging from bakeware to architecture. The juror’s award winner in the professional category are graphic designers Nick Mendoza and Andrew Scott Galloway with BYU Arts Creative. Two student designers were awarded the juror’s award. They are DesignBuildBLUFF for their “Lone Tree” architecture project and product designer Joshua Siebert for his “Origami Bundt Pan.”

“This year’s submissions showed me that design is not only alive and well but is thriving across the state, from campus to classroom to studios large and small,” Hodge said. “Everything is designed and, if it is good design, it will solve a problem and make our lives easier. If it is really good design it will do that and more, adding beauty, surprise, and sometimes even fun to everyday life.”

Hodge is the Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Before her move to Palm Springs, Hodge was the Deputy Director at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Director of Exhibitions and Publications at the Hammer Museum, and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. From 1991-2001, she was Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Hodge has published widely on design, art, fashion, and architecture and from 2008-2014 was a regular contributor to the New York Times T Magazine blog.

The Design Arts Program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums sponsors DesignArts Utah annually with exhibitions featuring designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Further information, is available online at If you have questions about the DesignArts Utah program or the exhibition please contact Jim Glenn at [email protected] and 801-245-7271. The Rio Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and is located at 300 S. Rio Grande in Salt Lake City.

The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities visit

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