Judges Talk

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

If you’ve always wondered how judges of an art competition make decisions on who wins, this is an event you want to be sure to attend.  Join this year’s plein air competition judges to learn how they evaluate the work submitted and ultimately make decisions on who receives awards.

Jennifer Barton is an artist who works predominantly in painting and mixed media. She has a BFA and an MFA from Brigham Young University and is a recipient of the Utah Arts Council Fellowship and the Utah Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. She was accepted to Art Space Studios in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been part of national invitational exhibits such as Boxes Beyond Borders in Santa Barbara, California, the Western Regional Women’s Invitational in Scottsdale, Arizona, Utah Art, Utah Artists: A 150-Year Survey at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah, Waiting in North Adams, Massachusetts, and Western Wild in Chester, England. Her work has been exhibited at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Rio Gallery, the Art Access Gallery, and the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jennifer has taught many subjects such as figure drawing, painting, drawing, composition, and color in her twenty years as an adjunct instructor at BYU. She also enjoys teaching art to children in her community.  See more of Jennifer’s work at here.


Peggy Immel

Peggy is a Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, and a Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Her background includes architectural studies at Arizona State University and classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, the DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA, and the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT.

Featured in major publications and included in national exhibitions, Peggy’s paintings have been recognized with numerous awards including four Best of Shows. Her most recent are an Award of Excellence for “Flower Dance” at the 2018 Plein Air for the Park event in Grand Teton National Park, WY, and a Best of Signature Members Award for “Furrows” at the 22nd Plein Air Artists Colorado 2018 National Juried Exhibition.

Peggys work can be seen at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM and Sorrel Sky Gallery Durango, CO, and Santa Fe, NM.  Visit Peggy’s website to see more of her work here.


Carol Johansen

Carol Johansen is the 2019 Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument’s Plein Air Artist-in-Residence.  She has lived her adult life in Mount Pleasant, UT, on the Colorado Plateau’s northwest cusp. Her first experience in the GSENM was as a plein air painter during the 2008 Escalante Canyons Art Festival Competition. Carol forms a link to the viewer with emotional content of her painting. The expressive color, the sweep of history in place, the awareness of all are products of how she lives. They make her journey of discovery about nature and herself a path of possibilities and commonalities that others discover they can share.  Carol has exhibited her work throughout the west and is currently represented by Spring City Arts, Spring City, Utah.

Visist Carol’s website to see more of her work here.