(Provo, UT) On Friday, June 1, in conjunction with the First Friday Art Stroll, the Covey Center for the Arts hosted the opening reception for the first annual statewide Summer Art Showcase. Artists from across the state of Utah submitted artwork to be considered for exhibit at the Covey Center from June 1 to July 31. Out of over 100 entries, 57 were selected, representing 54 Utah artists. This is the first year for the Showcase, which was sponsored by the Provo Arts Council and the Covey Center for the Arts. It was designed to recognize talented artists in Utah and to encourage them to continue to produce their artwork and share it with the community. The Showcase is scheduled to become an annual event, with plans for future increases in participation and prize money.