About Connect

Connect is a dynamic community-based art program that spans the entire state of Utah. This program is designed to celebrate and nurture the artistic spirit of all visual artists. From photographers to painters to sculptors, Connect offers a platform where individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels can showcase their creativity. 

Connect is open to everyone, regardless of age, experience, or artistic background. Whether you’re an emerging artist or someone who’s never picked up a paintbrush before, you’re welcome to participate. We encourage non-artists to attend as well to enjoy local art and vote for your favorite pieces.


Salt Lake City – The capital city hosts a bustling art scene, and this location provides a platform for artists from across the valley. This is hosted on the second Friday of the month February-November at the Urban Arts Gallery from 6:30-9pm.

Ogden – Nestled in the northern part of the state, Ogden’s vibrant and evolving arts community is the perfect backdrop for artistic expression. This is hosted on the last Thursday of every month February-November at Nurture the Creative Mind located at the Ogden Union Station from 6:30-9pm.

St. George – Located in the southern region, St. George is known for its stunning red rock formations and is home to a thriving artistic community. This location ensures that artists from the southern part of the state can participate. This is hosted on the first Friday of the month February-November at the St. George Art Museum from 6-8pm. 


H0w it Works

Each Connect location functions a little differently, but generally you can expect networking, professional development, a chance to critique and vote on others’ artwork. 

Artists are encouraged to bring up to two pieces of artwork per event. Artwork can be any medium. Show up on time so you can sign in and set up before the activities begin.

Invite your family and friends. You don’t need to bring art to participate. 

Networking and Collaboration

Artists have the opportunity to network, collaborate, and share ideas with fellow participants, fostering a sense of artistic camaraderie. This program is not only about art; it’s about building a stronger and more connected artistic community across the state.

Professional Guidance

Established artists and art educators provide guidance and support to budding artists who wish to refine their skills or gain insights into the art world. You can learn about the specific upcoming professional development opportunities by following Connect on social media. 


Artists and patrons have the opportunity to vote on the artwork submitted in each event. Six artists are selected during every Connect. Winners have an opportunity to participate in the annual Connect Finals. This event offers the potential to win cash prizes and opportunities to participate in future events hosted by the Utah Arts Alliance.

Concurso de obras de arte

Stay tuned for information. As we get closer to December, we’ll share more details about how to be involved in this year’s Connect Finals. For now, the best way to get involved is to attend the other Connect events, submit your artwork, and vote for others. 

Connect is an inspiring and accessible program designed to celebrate the creative diversity of Utah’s residents. By bringing art to the forefront and creating opportunities for anyone to participate, it enhances the cultural landscape of the state and fosters a sense of unity and pride in the artistic spirit of Utah.

Para obtener más información sobre nuestros próximos eventos, suscríbase a nuestro boletín Connect — contacto connect@utaharts.org

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