John Wesley Powell Museum calls for artists to participate in annual river runners show

An artist overlooks the Green River. The Annual Canyon River Runners Art Show is looking for artists for this year’s event.
Photo courtesy of the John Wesley Powell Museum

The John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River invites artists to participate in the 14th Annual Canyon River Runners Art Show. Professional and amateur artists of any medium are encouraged to participate, said museum Director Tim Glenn in a statement.

“The Canyon River Runners Art Show at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum exists to provide an annual opportunity for regional artists to showcase their work,” said Glenn. “In recent years, the museum has worked to expand the reach of this program to include artists of all ages and skill levels. Artists are encouraged to submit original work that relates to river running, desert canyons, local fauna, and the landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.”

The museum hopes that the show provides an opportunity for artists to sell their work and to reach new audiences. “This show has provided a great opportunity for the museum to reach out to regional artists and to build relationships with them,” said Glenn. Past winners have gone on to display their work in the museum in solo shows and to consign pieces in the museum’s gift shop.

Last year, the museum partnered with Book Cliff Elementary to highlight local students’ work and to promote the arts in education. That partnership continues this year, and the museum will once again host the school’s art fair at 6 p.m. April 11. “It was encouraging to see the look on the students’ faces as they showed their work in the same room as so many other talented and professional artists,” said Glenn. “We’re looking forward to hosting that again.”

The art show opens April 4 and will run until April 22. As always, ribbons and prizes will be awarded for each entry level and category. Artists that are interested can find entry forms on the museum’s website at www.johnwesleypowell.com or at the museum’s visitor center.