Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2015: Winners announced for Artist Marketplace, Literary Arts competition, IAMA songwriter

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The Utah Arts Festival has announced various awards for the 39th 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 2016. Best of Show and People’s Choice Award winners also will have their booth fees waived.

utah arts festival logo 2015The 40th annual Utah Arts Festival will be held June 23-26, 2016 on Library Square and Washington Square.

ARTIST MARKETPLACE

BEST OF SHOW:

Sponsor Jury Award: Sandy Murphy, jewelry, Colorado Springs

Gallery Association Award: Robert Hall, photography, Lehi, Utah

Board Member Award: Steph Mader, glass, Freeland, Washington

Artist Marketplace Award: Natalie Wall and Kellie Murphy, fiber, Salt Lake City

AWARD OF MERIT:

Sponsor Jury Award: Moss Shacter, 3-D mixed media, Laguna Niguel, California

Gallery Association Award: Dawn LaGrave, 2-D mixed media, Kenmore, Washington

Board Member Award: Bryan Schulz, wearable art, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Artist Marketplace Award: Jake Buntjer (Mister Pauper), 3-D mixed media, American Fork, Utah

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:

Chris Bodily, graphics/printmaking, Salt Lake City

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

Honorable Mention: Doc Luben

FICTION, YOUTH:

1st: Bess Bateman

Honorable Mention: Liam Thomas

POETRY, ADULT:

1st: Jon Sebba

Honorable Mention: Jesse Parent

POETRY, YOUTH:

1st: Jane Galian

NONFICTION, ADULT:

1st: Sarah Rose

Honorable Mention: Lisa Christensen

ULTRA IRONPEN, ADULT:

1st: Bill Pierce

Honorable Mention: Devin Sams

ULTRA IRONPEN, YOUTH:

1st: Audrey Nyberg

SLAM COMPETITION, BIG MOUTH STAGE:

Individual: Jesse Parent, Salt Lake City

Team: Battleborn, Las Vegas

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

1st: Mindy Dillard, Berkeley, California

2nd: Dan Weber, Vancouver, Washington

3rd: Michelle Moonshine, Salt Lake City

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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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