Artists in Rexburg are invited to submit their artwork to the Art Grows Rexburg adult art show and competition.
An award presentation will be held at Hemming Village on July 6, according to the Art Grows Rexburg website. Artists from Madison and Fremont counties are invited to submit entries in person at the Hemming Village lobby on June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Entries for the contest can be any two-dimensional art medium such as paintings, photography and drawings, according to the Art Grows Rexburg website. The artwork entered will be on display at Hemming Village July 7-21.
“In our exhibit, we show everything,” said Kyoung Dabell, the director of Art Grows Rexburg.
Dabell said all artwork that is submitted into the competition is displayed in the exhibit at Hemming Village. She said this is a rare opportunity because art contests are typically judged and only few of the pieces make it to the exhibit.
The art show has three different categories for competitors: student (BYU-Idaho students), amateur and professional.
“This is probably the only art competition that I can think of where all levels and types of artwork can be shown in one place in a friendly, collaborative way,” Dabell said.
Dabell said it is a fantastic opportunity for artists of any level to get great experience. She said it is great for artists who have never shared their art before to display their work in a non-threatening environment.
“If you are not 100 percent confident in your artwork, this is a chance for you to put your artwork next to the professionals,” Dabell said. “We are not going to say ‘no, you are not good enough to show here.’”
Dabell said that over the four years this competition has been happening, the participation has been growing and participants seem more serious about it.
“The participant numbers have gone up and the quality has gone up,” Dabell said. “A lot of artists are hopefully aware of our event and are getting ready to enter their paintings this year.”
Dabell said it is amazing to see artists come together in friendly competition and share their talents.
“That’s the most fulfilling part — to see people come out, create and enrich their lives,” Dabell said.
Money prizes are awarded to top participants in each of the three categories, according to the Art Grows Rexburg website.
“Obviously not everyone wins, but the winning is probably second concern to most of these artists,” Dabell said.
Dabell said she considers the experience and opportunity to be of greatest value in the competition. She also hopes to get more and more people in the community involved.
Brianne Groom, a freshman studying web design, said she thinks art helps people express things that their words cannot.
“I think art is important to Rexburg and our community because it adds beauty,” Groom said.
Art Grows Rexburg also holds a similar competition for children, according to the Art Grows Rexburg website. The children’s competition this year happened earlier this month, and the artwork can be seen on display in Hemming Village. A three-day art camp for children and youth also took place through Art Grows Rexburg on June 7, 8 and 9.
Dabell said she thinks these opportunities are amazing for young artists to get comfortable creating art and using new mediums. She said it is a great experience to see groups of children sitting together and creating their own art projects.
“They are all quiet and concentrating, making this art,” Dabell said. “There is nothing like it.”
Dabell said the kids were eager to return each day of the art camp and were so excited and happy to be working with art.
Matthew Geddes, an art professor at BYU-I, will be the guest speaker at the adult competition awards ceremony, according to the Art Grows Rexburg website. Geddes has been at BYU-I for 33 years and his work can be seen around campus, as well as in other collections. Many consider him to be one of the community’s finest artists.
Each entrant for the adult art contest is allowed up to two entries and must turn in a filled out entry form. Artwork must also be framed properly and ready to be displayed, according to the Art Grows Rexburg website.