Associated Utah Artists, Utah's oldest professional art organization, is sponsoring its second annual exhibit for artists who are not affiliated with the association. It is being held at the Murray Arts Center, 4868 S. State, 269-1400.

Since more entries were submitted this year than last, it was necessary to not only judge the show, but jury it as well.This year's juror/judge, Richard Christenson, awarded first place ($50) to "Hello, Dolly," a large watercolor of hollyhocks by Diane Pratt. Second-place ($25) went to Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero for her drawing "Birds of Mar-Shariff." C.H. Bradford captured third place ($10) for a watercolor "A Dozen Eggs." Winning honorable mentions were Clarence Bush, Walter Heller, Danette Lyman and L. Diehl Williams.

The exhibit continues through May. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

- The Contemporary Arts Group is sponsoring a free public forum on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Panelists will explore chaos theory, a new perspective on randomness and order in the natural world. Panel members are Anna Bliss and Kenvin Lyman. Russ Brown will present slides to illustrate some of the theory's abstract principles. Joan Woodbury will discuss ways that choreographers can use these principles in dance.

The forum will be held at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane.

- Women artists from Utah will have an opportunity to exhibit their works in March 1993, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. A Utah committee has already been selected and has made preliminary plans and arrangements so that the exhibit will represent women from all across the state. Kathy Wilson is general chairwoman; Lila Larsen, exhibit coordinator; and Dr. Kathryn McKay, education committee chairwoman.

During the summer of 1992, four juried regional Utah exhibits will be held. Jurors/curators for these exhibitions are Lori Arnall, Linda Jones Gibbs and Katherine Nelson. The selected works will be displayed at the Springville Museum of Art from October through December 1992, prior to being shipped to the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

"All these exhibits will present opportunities to spotlight the talents of women artists of Utah," says Wilson.

Call for entries is scheduled to be mailed in the fall of 1991, with entry dates anticipated for May 1992.

- Local artist Lanny Barnard will make a special offering of her hand-signed prints, framed prints and original paintings at two ZCMI stores this weekend. She will be at the ZCMI downtown store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 24; and at the ZCMI Cottonwood Mall store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.

Barnard initially began selling her art to clients with specific requests. "But after feeling stifled by constantly suiting the customer, I began trying offbeat things such as house paint, stains - and even toasting art works in the kitchen oven. I want to try everything."

The art to be exhibited this week ranges from pastels and chalk to oils and acrylics.

Barnard paints daily in her Salt Lake home. She is the wife of Chalk Garden clothing store owner John H. Barnard.

- Lectures, workshops, classes.

Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Natural History - Gallery talk about Hadza child-rearing practices by Nicholas Blurton Jones.

Wednesday, May 22, noon, Salt Lake Art Center - Art-lunch tour with Patrick Hoagland. He will discuss the Darin Biniaz installation.

Thursday, May 23, 5-6:30 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center's Creer Auditorium - Open forum discussion with Allison South, Bri Matheson and Dolores Kohler on "Art Auctions, A Growing Dilemma." Guidelines will be presented on how art auctions can be more equitable to artists. Artists' comments will be encouraged.

Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center - Final film in the Shock of the New series: "The End of Modernity, Avant-Garde."

- By Richard P. Christenson