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Utah high school students are encouraged to enter the annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Competition for a chance to win up to a $5,000 scholarship and have the artwork shown in the state Capitol.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah high school students are encouraged to enter the annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Competition for a chance to win up to a $5,000 scholarship and have the artwork shown in the state Capitol.

The competition is open all Utah students in grades nine through 12, including those attending a private, parochial, charter or home school. The competition is sponsored by Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

This year’s theme is “The People of Utah,” and all artworks must include at least one human figure. Most visual arts mediums are accepted, except for photography or 3-D.

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The winning artist will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Other scholarship awards include $3,000, $1,000, seven at $500, and 15 at $300. Awards will be given during Arts Day on the Hill, which is set for Feb. 5.

The top 25 entries will be on exhibition at the Capitol during the legislative session, and the first-place entry will become the property of the Senate and be exhibited in the Senate suite. All other work will be available for pickup after the legislative session.

Entries are due by Friday, Dec. 15. For complete guidelines and to submit an entry, log on to artseducationprogram-utahartsmuseums.submittable.com/submit.