Derek Hegsted of Provo was honored recently in a ceremony at the Hubbard Gallery, Hollywood, for winning the L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award for artistic achievement in the first worldwide "Illustrators of the Future" contest. He received the award for an illustration he had created for the story "A Foreign Exchange."

Hegsted, 26, works as a free-lance artist. Joni Labaqui, public relations director for the Hubbard Gallery, said, "It is very unusual to see such competence in one so young."As a result of winning this competition, Hegsted has completed a series of illustrations for a Bantam book. Other commissions have also opened, including the opportunity to illustrate Hubbard's classic horror fantasy "Fear," which will be rereleased next year. An advanced, uncorrected copy has been received by book editors of newspapers across the country. Hegsted has eight full-page illustrations in the book.

Illustrators interested in entering the next Hubbard contest can obtain a set of rules by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future Contest, P.O. Box 3190, Los Angeles, CA 90078.

- "Earth and Fire," an exhibition of ceramics by Brigham Young University art students, opened Nov. 20 in the Springville Museum of Art.

BYU ceramics professor Von Allen said, "My students continue to amaze me. Their approaches are very diverse, and the show this year reflects this diversity."

Featured works include low-fired vessels by Alethea Shalbetter, coiled pieces by Gary Killpack, shrines by Paul Hopkins and salt-fired ware by Russell Wrankle.

Other ceramists include Janis Wunderlich, Norma Tolman and Fae Swinyard.

Rounding out the show are works by Chuck Allred, which depict Western imagery rooted in myth and legend.

The annual show continues through December.

- Al Rounds, Utah watercolorist, is introducing two limited edition prints - "The Beehive House" and "The Job Pingree Farm" (Worcester, England). Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. Both measure 18 by 24 inches. For information, call 278-4961.

- An art show by students of television artist Kendra Burton is set for Friday, Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gledhills, 2707 Parleys Way.

Burton, who has taught art for 11 years, has invited her students, ages 13 to 82, to show off their favorite works. A variety of styles and subject matter will be represented. For more information, call 942-8989.

- Lectures, workshops, classes.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Tour of "New Portraits" exhibit conducted by Cheri Piefke.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 4:30 p.m., Caine Gallery, NEH Museum of Art, Utah State University - Free gallery talk by Rose Milovich to introduce public to works in the museum's permanent collection.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Workshop for children and young adults to create their own nutcrackers. A fee of $35 includes materials.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Free gallery talk about "Nutcrackers" exhibit by artist Mark England.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Public forum to discuss the theme "Art as Therapy." Beth Ames Swartz, Cathy Malchiodi and Dr. Agnes Plenk will lead the forum and share their ideas.