300 Plates Annual Fundraiser
Every year since 2003, Art Access has hosted the 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition. This unique event features over 185 emerging and established Utah artists creating small masterpieces on 10"x11" plates (a smooth flat thin piece of material). A full history of 300 Plates is below.
2023 Artist Application
If you are interested in participating in 300 Plates 2023 please fill out a form below.
2022 Participating Artists
Jackie Aaron, Amber Alvarez, Kathleen Anderton, Heather Angelone, Frank Baker, Maria C-Baldwin, Carina Barajas, Max Barnewitz, Pamela Beach, Brian Bean, John Bell, Ryan Bench, Katie Benson, Paul Vincent Bernard, Brandt Berntson, Erin Berrett, Namon Bills, Amber Bird, Eric Boothe, Tim Boschert, Valori Boss, P. Reeve Boyd, Jennifer Broschinsky, Eileen Guernsey Brown, Sally Browning, Jordan Brun, Aspen Brunner, Susie Bytheway, Esther Candari, Joe Carter, Doug Chase, Rob Chipman, Cynthia Clark, Jennifer Coppersmith, Patrice Showers Corneli, Blue Critchfield, Whitney Dame, Ben Davis, Olivia Dawson, Kate Donjuan, Marla Duggins, Jenni Eames, Jennifer Ely, Hannah Emerson, Trisha Empey, Lisa Benson, Engelhard, Nick Estrada, Tara Carpenter Estrada, James Fagedes, Jeremy Fagergren, Kindra Fehr, Katherine Felgar, Mason Fetzer, Stephanie Figgat, McGarren Flack, McKay Francom, James Frankoski, Dennise Gackstetter, Ryan Gee, David Gianfredi, Renee Gilson, Rosemary Gioielli, Roberta Glidden, Elisa Gomez, Michelle Goodman, Joshua Graham, Kyle Greene, Melody Greenlief, Cary Griffiths, Fae Hadlock, Chris Haggqvist, CJ Hales, Barbara Hall, Cara Jean Hall, Jessica Hancock, Katelynne Rose Hansgen, Jerry Hardesty, Lyn Hargis, Brooke Hargis, Ryan Harrington, Dara Hartman, Joshi Haskell, Erin Hayes, Megan Hayes, Paula C Hayes, Kelie Hess, Ruth Hewlett Pope, Kendra Hitchcock, Christian Holets, Valerie Hollstein, Erica Houston, Trevor Howard, Willamarie Huelskamp, Kimberly Ipson, Shilo Jackson, Alex Jacobson, Janell James, Janna Jensen, Chrysalis Jiri, Shauna Kawasaki, Morgan Keller, Brian Kershisnik, Brian Kershisnik + Joe Adams, Susan Kirby, Chandler Kiser, Rebecca Klundt, Vita Kobylkina, Jamie Kyle, Jeanette A Lee, Limbism, Bee Losee, Jamie Love, Jeanette Lukens, Sarah Lyon, Shari Lyon, Wendy Madsen, Vort Man, Sue Martin, Brecca Marvin, Vincent Mattina, Hank Mattson, Sarah Maynard, Coreen McCuistion, James McGee, Candace McLane, William McLaughlin, Sara Meade, David Meikle, Trish Melander, Cheryl Merkley, Denise Miller, Chloe Mizantzidi, Michael Monson, Kylie Montes, Sabina Morrey, Linda Morrison, Barbara Murphy, Mercedes Ng, Jonathan Norberg, Heather Olsen, Tyler Pack, Hilary Packham, Cat Palmer, Papillon Skies, Maryann Paradise, Cassandria Parsons, John Parsons, Lance Peacock, Donna Penrod, Mattea Perkins, Terry Coker Peterson, Tyler Pierce, Neena Plant, Ruth Pope, Steve Prentice, Donald Prys, Jolene Pugh, David Raleigh, Hadley Rampton, Irene Rampton, Lovetta Reyes-Cairo, Dennis Reynolds, Lauren Richens, Mimi Rogers, Michael Rusnack, Zubaidah Sadeq, Jane C. Santoro, Alicia Schilder, Chauncey Secrist, Steven K Sheffield, Rick Shorten, Katie Shupe, Deborah Shurtleff, Anthony Siciliano, Brekke Sjoblom, Jessica Smith, Laura Sommer, Haily South, Christina Stanley, Scott Stanley, Steven Stradley, Penina Strong, Julie Strong, Stephanie Swift, Beki Tobiasson, Kalani Tukuafu, Lauren Underwood, Amy Ungricht, Susan VanFrank, Terrel VanLeeuwen, Eileen Vestal, Catherine Vogt, Miroslava Vomela, Cheryl Walden, Derrek Wall, Elizabeth Walsh, Barbara Ward, Mike Warren, Nataly Welch, Justin Wheatley, Thayne Whiting, Clinton Whiting, Katie Willes, Sandra Williams, Margaret Willis, Rachel Willson, Jane Wilson, Simon Winegar, Vio Wolf, Lauren Woodward, Daren Young
Helen Cardon Household
David L. & Kerry Ellen Carlson
Mary Ann Ellis
Carol & John Firmage
Daniel & Tina ZvonekBenjamin Damstedt
The 300 Plates 2022 was held at Venue 6six9 on May 19. There were 213 participating artists who together created 362 plates. Live music was presented by The Pickpockets. Special thanks to Mackenzie Exhibit, Ritual in Bloom, Saltgrass Printmakers, and Utah Metal Works for their in-kind donations.
History of 300 Plates
Art Department Chair, BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications
Former Art Access board member
The story of the 300 Plates Fundraiser begins in Thailand in the summer of 1993. My family and I were the invited guests of a family living in Cha-am, Thailand. As part of our weekly activities, we would visit one of the many Buddhist Wat (monasteries) found in almost every community. On one such visit, a monk approached me and gave me a packet of photos of King Rama V. He blessed me and promised that if I incorporated the images in my art I would bring about good fortune. I held on to the images for many years, waiting for an appropriate time to use them.
In fall of 1998, I was driving home from a field trip with BYU art students. John Ohran was among the group. He and I got into a discussion about art ideas and he shared his interest in a project that Ed Kienholz (an internationally acclaimed installation artist) had completed, numbering prints one through one thousand and selling them for the corresponding number. It seemed to me a critical statement on the commodification of art, and John and I wondered if we could give the idea a positive twist.
During the conversation, I mentioned my Thai experience and one thing led to another. Hence, John and I had a two-person exhibition at Art Access in 1999 entitled Restoration of Good Fortune: One Through Three Hundred and Fifty, with the prices matching the numbered art. Images of King Rama V as king, military leader, and father found their way into all the mixed media paintings on aluminum plates, and the sale proceeds were divided between Art Access and the Sudanese Refugee Fund.
In 2002, Art Access was looking to diversify its funding base since the majority of the organization’s funds came from a single source. I was a board member at the time and suggested that we try a fundraiser using progressive pricing, and that we invite multiple artists to participate. It was very successful, and I feel that the Thai monk’s blessing continues to be realized each year through the 300 Plates fundraiser.