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CONTACT: Morgan Edwards

Central Utah Art Center

86 North Main

Ephraim, UT 84627


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2012 Utah Ties Juried Exhibit 
The Central Utah Art Center is pleased to announce it’s 8th Annual Utah Ties Juried Art Exhibition. Artists with ties to Utah, as well as all Utah residents, are welcome to submit work.

The Utah Ties Exhibition, which has become a yearly tradition at the Central Utah Art Center, began as a way to showcase the work of exceptional artists in and around the state. The Art Center has been very careful to select jurors with world-class qualifications, and the Utah Ties exhibit becomes a valuable way to connect them with local artists at a critical level.

This year’s juror is Max Presneill, Head Curator for the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, as well as Director of ARTRA Curatorial(

The Utah Ties exhibit is always a strong show full of interesting and innovative work from artists working in Utah and artists that are tied to the state. Last year’s winners were Vanessa Gromek, Morgan Wakefield and Chris Coy.

Artsts are encouraged to apply online.  All media will be accepted.

Important Dates: 
Submission Deadline: January 26, 2012
Artist Notification February 4, 2012

Opening Reception: February 10th at 7 p.m

Delivery of accepted work: February 6, 2012

Pick up of exhibited work: April 7, 2012

Other Information 
Entry Fee: $20 for 3 images and $5 per each additional image

Prizes: 1st $500/$200/$100

Juror’s Bio

Max Presneill is a Los Angeles based artist and curator, originally from London, UK.

As an artist he has shown throughout the world including New York, London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Sydney and Tokyo and is represented by Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, as well as the Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills.

Currently he is the Head Curator for the Torrance Art Museum as well as Director of ARTRA Curatorial, an independent curatorial projects management team, who organized the CO/LAB art fair, 2011. He has extensive experience internationally as a curator having organized exhibitions for museums, institutes and galleries in the US and UK, the Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, Australia, and more.

He was the Founder and former Director of Raid Projects (1998 – 2009 – an artists initiative space with global reach – www.raidprojects) and Director of the Mark Moore Gallery (2005-8). He was the co-founder of BLOC Studios in the UK in 1996 and the founder of the Ntopia Group (an artists international collective).

Besides giving regular lectures on professional practices at universities and other venues he has also sat on the panels for the American Association of Museums Annual Conference 2010 for ‘On the Road: Ephemeral Exhibits and The Visitor Experience’, the Contemporary Art Roundtable, organized by CERA, at Pasadena Museum of California Art in 2010 and the City of Los Angeles Public Art Selection Panel for the Metro system, for the same year. He has worked briefly as an art critic, still writes essays occasionally for artist’s catalogs as well as for each TAM exhibition catalog and was previously Professor of Fine Art at several universities in the UK and the US – he holds 4 degrees, 3 of which are advanced degrees – teaching on various Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts courses. He has also sat on the Selection Committee’s for NOVA Young Art Fair (Chicago), PULSE Art Fair (New York/Miami/London), the PILOT program and publication (London), and for the McColl Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program, North Carolina amongst others.  He has lived in Los Angeles since 2001.


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