-Twenty original paintings by American Impressionist Gordon Nicholson Cope will be exhibited from Feb. 1 to March 1 at Maxwell Galleries in San Francisco.

Born in Salt Lake City in 1906, Cope studied under LeConte Stewart, A.B. Wright, Lawrence Squires and J. Leo Fairbanks. He later attended the Julien Academy in Paris.Motivated by a love for nature, Cope painted this theme as simply as possible. He believed that, to preserve the intended result, every part of the work should contribute to a simple statement or motive or be discarded.

-Three artists have been awarded commissions for 1 percent-for-Art projects. Local artists Richard Johnston and John Swain will create an earthwork sculptured environment in the space between the Dixie College Science Building and the Browning Learning Resource Center.

Sculptor Jeff G. Smith of Dallas has been commissioned to make a series of transparent glass sculptures to be suspended in the atrium of the new Education Building at USU.

According to the Utah Arts Council, $28,000 has been budgeted for the first project and $25,000 for the second.

-Stephen Moody of Artistic Images has just been officially recognized as a certified professional photographer. To receive this degree, he had to pass a rigorous written examination, demonstrate his artistic competence to a national jury of professional photographers and pass a review of personal and business ethics. Moody joins the ranks of 1,300 photographers nationwide who have earned this degree.

-The Utah Arts Council is still accepting applications for the two $5,000 Visual Artists Fellowships presented annually by UAC. Top professional working artists from Utah who work in crafts, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or other new genres are invited to apply.

For applications, write the Utah Arts Council, 617 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 or call 533-5895.

-Lectures, art classes, workshops, etc.

Jan. 22, 4 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts (U. of U.) - Gallery talk by David Schwarz, whose blown-glass sculpture is on display at the museum.

Jan. 26, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Fine Arts Bldg., USU campus, Logan (750-1395) - Visiting Artists Lecture Series will feature photographer Mark Klett.

Jan. 28, 7 p.m., Dolores Chase Gallery (328-2787) - Artists Brian Kershisnik and Jana Pullman will discuss their work.

-Richard P. Christenson