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2021 President's Art Show


The President’s Art Show is an annual, juried exhibition that awards $5000 in prize money, and is open to all Utah artists, amateur or professional.


South City Campus
Multipurpose Room SCM 1-030 / 1-032

Exhibit Dates

October 29-November 11, 2021
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

3D Virtual Tour



Stefani Anderson, "I'm Fine," 2021

Oil on Canvas
60 x 48 x 2 inches

"This represents the last year for me. There has been so much stuff (not just COVID), it's overwhelming. During a very emotional day this image came to me. I knew I had to paint it. I also knew no small painting would do. So, I got the biggest canvas that would fit in my car and for two weeks I poured all my emotions into this painting. It was every emotional to finish it."

Lisa Benudiz, "Intrepid," 2020

Acrylic, Floetrol, gloss medium, silicone oil, gloss varnish on canvas
12 x 24 x 1 1/4 inches

"This piece was done with acrylic paints, Floetrol mixing medium along with silicone oil. My idea was to create something otherworldly and unique. I was feeling out how metallics colors (copper) would flow with the opaque colors. I decided to take it a step further to make the lighter color cells- each one by hand. The design was intended, the result made my eyes dance."

Paola Bidinelli, "Lockdown, a Meditation on the 2020 Pandemic," 2020

Acrylic, dried flowers, rope, cardboard on canvas
36 x 48 x 4 inches

"As part of my nearly decade-long journey researching themes of Identity and Time, this unforeseen and completely autobiographical work is born from the desire to give body and voice to a personal pain that has struck my family during this pandemic: my father's loss.

'Lockdown…' shows the image of a city crystallized in isolation, in a surreal stasis, that becomes a metaphor for the chaotic malfeasance of spaces, times, and the identity of every person, and where the absence of liberty robs people of the ability to breathe.

Choice and use, like customizations of my creative process, of scrap materials, in this case, the insides of cardboard boxes and worn-out ropes, lent themselves perfectly to sharpen the sense of a general boxing-up, a physical and emotional binding of people. The massive use of white spread all over like a curtain of death intensifies the sense of immobility and mourning. At the center of the work, the presence of a square of pulsating nature created a clean contrast with the image of a phantom city. The flowers, recycled materials constantly present in my works, here became elements used purposefully for their symbolic and commemorative value."

Darryl Erdmann, "Covers," 2020

Acrylic, paper on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches

Colton Hughes, "Consumption," 2021

Acrylic on paper
32 x 24 inches

Shabnam Siddiqui, "Memories of the Maghreb," 2021

Stained glass on wood
12 x 12 x 3/4 inches

"A glass mosaic of the DarjwKtaf pattern found in Morocco. Made entirely of scrap pieces of stained glass."

Christina Stanley, "Outlook," 2021

Oil on board
20 x 16 x 1 1/2 inches

Christina Truong, "Attain," 2021

Digital painting, Procreate
20 x 16 x 1 inches

"This piece is a digital painting of a friend. It is referenced from a photo I took of her one afternoon right after we had finished our meal at a restaurant that was relatively posh. Neither of us come from affluent backgrounds nor have we enjoyed the privileges that come from being in the majority group. We didn't allow it to keep us from enjoying what we worked so laboriously to attain. When we first entered the restaurant, we felt out of place, but by the time we were leaving I felt gratified by something more than the meal. I noticed how well the environment complimented her and that we weren't so estranged after all. It was a moment where I appreciated how far we had come."

Rose Wambsganss, "Paper Doll 3," 2019

Micron ink on multimedia paper
25 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Jane Anne Woodhead, "Holding Strong," 2021

Oil on board
24 x 24 x 2 inches

MönSr Yusef, "About Face 1," 2021

Colored pencil on paper
14 x 12 inches

In 2020, MönSr (Men Overcoming Negative Stereotypes Respectfully) Yusef's T.A.N.G. collection was included in the Design Arts Utah 2020. There are 26 individual designs in the collection. These drawings were created during the artist's 16 years of incarceration. MönSr Yusef intended these designs to be a clothing line to be worn as art. His poetry was added to these images in 2020 and the MönSr Initiative was started. He is currently working with an award-winning fashion designer developing these concepts and is hopeful to realize the full TANG fashion collection on the runway and in production.

"I didn't do just a sneaker; I wanted to make sure it came across as art as well. As artsy as possible but also a fly sneaker, because I wanted it to be worn. I want you to WEAR the concept. On the sole of the sneaker reads the year 1997, this was the year this concept was developed and I wanted to make sure that if you wore this sneaker would be wearing a production from 1997 that just so happened now to come to life. The blue, polka dot shoestrings literally came from the United States of America. I took the concept from the stars on the flag, that's how I got the shoelaces."

"The design pattern doesn't change unless the stitch is radicalized. In order to defy gravity, understanding who, what, when and how became radicalized. The pattern is adopted by 'The Militants.'" 


Best in Show ($1500)


Lacee Black
“Lunch Break,” 2021
Paper collage
28 1/2 x 52 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches

President’s Award ($1000)


Julie Strong
“Spring,” 2020
Linen canvas, hand embroidered threads, hand beaded with glass beads
24 x 24 inches

Community Award ($1000)


Kelen Nora Wright
“Chaton,” 2021
Oil on mulberry paper on canvas panel
8 x 8 x 1/8 inches

2nd Place ($500)


Bea Hurd
"Deflation of the Flesh," 2020
Balloons, red thread, broom
60 x 30 x 4 inches

3rd Place ($500)


Rachel Henriksen
"Layers of Contradiction," 2021
Acrylic and 3D puff paint on
layered panel
21 x 21 x 3 inches

Dennis Klaus Honorary Award ($500)


Courtney Hart
“Violet Rose,” 2021
Oil on canvas
93 x 117 x 1 1/2 inches