Young Creators Program announced in Washington County, Utah

The Art Around the Corner Foundation is excited to announce a new initiative to encourage young artists of high school age who live in Washington County.  We’re calling it the “Young Creators Program”. We know there are wonderfully talented artists among our young people, and are looking for ways to discover and foster their creativity.  

The Young Creators Program is a sculpture/three–dimensional art contest which will launch this fall, to be completed in the spring of 2017.  The contest will involve a juried process, ultimately nominating up to 12 student artists. The selected young artists will then present their pieces at the opening Gala Dinner for Art Around the Corner’s annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on April 7, 2017.  

The young artists will be invited to attend the Gala, where their pieces will be available for purchase by interested buyers.  All the proceeds from the sales go directly to the student artists, in order to encourage their creative development. Additionally, Art Around the Corner will award cash prizes at the Gala.  There are three categories: Award of Outstanding Achievement ($500), Award of Excellence ($300), and Award of Merit ($200).

The program’s purpose is to provide a platform for young emerging artists to gain exposure and confidence.  They will be exposed to successful professional artists and gain a real-world opportunity to publicly display their art for purchase.

The key guidelines for program participants include:  

  • All entries must be a physical structure (not digital, computer-generated or 3D-printed).  
  • Each student can submit up to 2 pieces.  
  • Acceptable media includes (but is not limited to) bronze, steel, ceramics, fired clay wood, stone and found objects.
  • All pieces must be able to fit into a box measuring 15” by 15” by 15”.    
  • All participating artists must submit a color photo of their artwork.  

The deadline for entry is March 1st.  All pieces are judged in the blind according to the same criteria used for the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit; concept, composition, design, movement, balance, creativity and presentation.  The selected student artists will be notified and invitations extended for the Gala. For additional information or questions, students should talk to the art teacher of their school.

We hope you and your students will be excited about the program, and consider working it into your plans for the 2016/17 school year.  

The Art Around the Corner Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, enriching the community, and bringing fine arts to the heart of historic St. George.  The foundation’s flagship project is the Art Around the corner Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, a collection of sculptures from -nationally renowned artists. The show changes each spring with approximately two dozen pieces installed annually.  The Foundation also provides educational tours to students in the Washington County School District, showing and discussing the current sculpture gallery and explaining the casting process. The Young Creators Program was developed to encourage and support secondary students in connecting their art with the community.  

Cindy Trueblood
Director of Sales & Community Relations