Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Winners announced for Artist Marketplace, Literary Arts competition, IAMA songwriter


The 41st Utah Arts Festival has announced various awards for visual arts, literary arts and the Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase competition coordinated by the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA). Nine awards were presented for the Artists Marketplace. All of the visual artist award winners are eligible for invitation to the Utah Arts Festival in 2018. Best of Show and People’s Choice Award winners also will have their booth fees waived.

The 42nd annual Utah Arts Festival will be held June 21-24, 2018 on Library Square and Washington Square.



Sponsor Jury Award: Frank Falk, 3-D Mixed Media, Salt Lake City

Gallery Association Award: Matthew Sievers, Painting, Rigby, Idaho

Board Member Award: Phil Kutno, Drawing and Pastel, Tucson, Arizona

Artist Marketplace Award: Gerald Arrington, Ceramics, Sebastopol, California


Sponsor Jury Award: Tai Taeoalii, Drawing and Pastel, Hannibal, Missouri

Gallery Association Award: Kathleen Carricaburu, Jewelry, Salt Lake City

Board Member Award: Adam Homan, Sculpture, Tucson, Arizona

Artist Marketplace Award: Michael Paul Cole, Photography, Hannibal, Missouri

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Justin Hillgrove, Painting, Snohomish, Washington

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

Wasatch IronPen/UltraPen Contest, The Salt Lake Community College Writing Center, 11th anniversary

Adult Fiction:

1st: Tom Liljegren, “Alone at the Rally”
Honorable Mention: Molly Fitzell, “A Historical Movement”

Adult Poetry:

1st: Trish Hopkinson, “State of Stone”
Honorable Mention: Rachel White, “Protest Song”

Adult Nonfiction:

1st: Stephanie Garahana, “More Than A Movement”
Honorable Mention: Ashley McFarland, “I Know My Place”

Adult Ultra:

1st: R.J. Walker
Honorable Mention: Janice Houston

Youth Fiction:

1st: Madeline Galian, “Standing Up

Youth Poetry:

1st: Jane Galian, “Consolidate”

Youth Nonfiction:

1st: Beatrice Teigen, “This Is What Democracy Looks Like”

Youth Ultra:

1st: Elizabeth Bateman



1st: Marquis Ealy
2nd: Johnny Osi
3rd: Jose Joaquin Soto


1st: Berkeley Slam (Team Xenon)
2nd: Battleborn Slam (Las Vegas)
3rd: Olympia People’s Mic


1st: Alicia Stockman, Park City, Utah

2nd: Molly McGinnis, Park City, Utah

3rd: Dave McCormick, Massachusetts

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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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