* Two best-of-show prizes have been awarded in this year's art show at USU's Festival of the American West. Carol Harding of Pleasant Grove won for her sculpture "Echo Leah," as did Julie Jeppsen of Spanish Fork for her painting "Casual Contact."

Harding also won a people's choice award for "Echo Leah" as well as for a painting, "Friendly Persuasion." People's choice awards also went to Tim Whitworth, Craig D. Jones and Lynne Millman-Weidinger.* Winners of the quilt contest that was also part of USU's Festival of the American West have been selected. Best-of-show award was captured by Anna Mae Hill Ebert of Salt Lake City for "Richmond's May." People's choice award went to Darlene Scow of Salt Lake City for her "Rose Sampler." Feature category (applique) winner was Elline M. Craig of Bountiful.

In the special centennial quilt competition, the South Cache Quilters submitted the winning entry. Top score winners in this competition also included Betty A. Roberts, Gunnison; Eunice Young, Sandy; Marva E. Dalebout, St. George; and Adraine Ruth Moon, Sandy.

* The dynamic father-and-son duo Knud and Soren Edsberg are currently exhibiting their paintings in the new George H. Brimhall Gallery at BYU.

Both artists received artistic prominence in their native Denmark. Knud Edsberg debuted in Denmark in 1935 with a portrait of his mother. Since that time, he has painted several hundred portraits of the leading men of industry, state and municipality in Copenhagen. His art is in many galleries and public collections, including the Carlsberg Museum where 48 of his portraits hang. At 76, he is still active in painting.

Soren Edsberg started out painting naturalistic subject matter. However, in the late 1960s, he became dissatisfied with this style and moved to a more spontaneous abstract style.

He says his paintings, filled with straight lines and crisp edges, are interpretations of views of the Earth as seen from a "visitor from elsewhere" while traveling at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

Believing that the world is beautiful and filled with wonderful possibilities, Soren Edsberg accentuates the positive. He purposely stays away from art that focuses on the negative - war, catastrophe, famine and pollution.

The show can be seen through Sept. 5 on the main level of the George H. Brimhall Bldg. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* Salt Lake County has introduced a proposal to have the Salt Lake Art Center and the Hansen Planetarium exchange buildings. The Concept and Options Committee of the Salt Palace Expansion Feasibility Study is presently evaluating this proposal.

The Salt Lake Art Center Board of Trustees has expressed great concern. Chairman of the board Shari H. Quinney said that the SLAC was built and designed for an art gallery and to make such a move makes no sense. Not only would the move substantially reduce the center's programming, but the cost of the move would be equivalent to the original cost of its present building.

Anyone interested in expressing feelings about this proposal should write Truman Clawson, chairman, Salt Palace Feasibility Task Force, 966 E. South Temple, SLC, Utah 84102.

* Most people think that the Meyer Gallery is in Park City. Well, they're partly right. There's one there, as well as in Santa Fe. Both are owned by Darrell Meyer.

Currently being featured at his New Mexico gallery are paintings by Gary Collins, a prominent Southwestern artist based in Utah. This is Collins' first southwestern semi-abstract show outside Utah.

* The Nora Eccles Museum at USU will be closed Aug. 29 through Sept. 26. It will reopen Sept. 27 with "Ceramics of the Weimar Republic" and selections from the permanent collection.

* Lectures, Art Classes, Workshops, etc.

Aug. 22-26, Kimball Art Center (649-8882) - Life and Figure Structure Drawing Workshop with Paul Davis.

Sept. 6-11, Kimball Art Center (649-8882) - Watercolor workshop titled "Natural Way to Painting," with Cecile Johnson.

* Richard P. Christenson