Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: Winners announced for Artist Marketplace, Literary Arts competition, IAMA songwriter

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Art Fans UniteThe Utah Arts Festival has announced various awards for the 38th annual event. Nine awards were presented for the artist marketplace. All of the award winners are eligible for invitation to the Utah Arts Festival in 2015. Best of Show and People’s Choice Award winners also will have their booth fees waived.

The 39th annual Utah Arts Festival will be held June 25-28, 2015 on Library Square and Washington Square.

ARTIST MARKETPLACE

BEST OF SHOW:

Sponsor Award: Sondra Wampler, Paso Robles, California, Digital

Gallery Association Award: Dan Bi, Markhan, Ontario, 2-D

Board Member Award: Johanna Mueller, Fort Collins, Colorado, Graphics/Printmaking

Artist Marketplace Award: Lugana Nzalamba, Los Angeles, 2-D

AWARD OF MERIT:

Sponsor Award: Katherine Goulandris, Abiquiu, New Mexico, Jewelry

Gallery Association Award: Aaron Memmott, Helper, Utah, Painting

Board Member Award: Carlos Page, Union City, New Jersey, Sculpture

Artist Marketplace Award: Kali Mellus, Murray, Utah, Fiber/2-D

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:

Jennifer Lashbrook, Dallas, Texas, 2-D

 

Additional awards from various venues were announced (Fear No Film awards are announced in a separate article).

Wasatch Iron Pen Contest, The Salt Lake Community College Writing Center

FICTION, ADULT:

1st: Jessica Payne, ‘My Brief Affair with Lonnie Anderson’

Honorable Mention: Ian Cummings, ‘The Final Journal of Everett Reuss’

FICTION, YOUTH:

1st: Mia Schmidt, ‘Capture The Beauty’

Honorable Mention: Madeline Galian, ‘The Journey Of Everett Ruess’

POETRY, ADULT:

1st: Rachel White, ‘Desert Sonnet’

Honorable Mention: Trish Hopkinson, “A Man Misplaced’

NONFICTION, ADULT:

Winner: Diane Lockard, ‘Monument Valley Woodcut-Everett Ruess Mystery’

ULTRA IRONPEN, ADULT:

Andrew Writt, ‘The Drive South,’ ‘Everett, Where Have You Gone?’, ‘Almost Home’

ULTRA IRONPEN, YOUTH:

1st: Aubrey K. Nyberg, ‘I’m Still Lost,’ ‘Wild Things,’ ‘Lost’

Honorable Mention: Suresh lalith, ‘The Great Everett Ruess’

SLAM COMPETITION, BIG MOUTH STAGE:

Individual: Gray Brian Thomas

Team: Slam NUBA

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, LOCAL PERFORMER: Motown Sounds

 

INTERMOUNTAIN ACOUSTIC MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S SUSANNE MILLSAPS PERFORMING SONGWRITER SHOWCASE:

1st: Kray Van Kirk, Alaska
2nd:  Paul Fritzler, Utah
3rd:  Jim Svendsen, Utah/Arkansas

 

 

 

 

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Les Roka
I am a native of Toledo, Ohio, having received my Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication from Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism in 2002. In addition to teaching at Utah State University and the University of Utah, I have worked extensively in public relations for a variety of organizations including a major metropolitan university, college of osteopathic medicine, and community college. When it comes to intellectual curiosity, I venture into as many areas as possible, whether it’s about music criticism, the history of journalism, the practice of public relations in a Web 2.0 world and the soon-to-arrive Web 3.0 landscape, or how public debates are formed about many issues especially in the political arena. As a Salt Lake City resident, I currently write and edit a blog called The Selective Echo that provides an entertaining, informative, and provocative look at Salt Lake City and its cosmopolitan best. I also have been the U.S. editorial advisor for an online publication Art Design Publicity based in The Netherlands. And, I use social media tools such as Twitter for blogging, networking with journalists and experts, and staying current on the latest trends in culture and news. I also have been a regular monthly contributor to a Utah business magazine, and I have recently conducted a variety of editing projects involving authors and researchers throughout the country and the world, including Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Lebanon, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan. I’m also a classically trained musician who spent more than 15 years in a string quartet, being involved in more than 400 performances.

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