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ZCMI department stores received seven first-place awards, five second-place awards and four honorable mentions at the 1995 International Display Competition sponsored by Visual Merchandising and Store Design magazine. According to Nancy Mortensen, vice president of marketing services for ZCMI, "The thing that makes this accomplishment noteworthy is that window displays have to sell merchandise or promote events as well as be artistic." Three of the award-winning displays involved community efforts: The Utah Symphony, Ballet West and the Salt Lake Medical Alliance.

- Karl Thomas, Provo, was recently selected as one of the 1995 Arts for the Parks Top 100 artists. The Arts for the Parks paintings will be on exhibit from Sept 17-23 at the Community Visual Art Association's Artwest Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming.- The Hippodrome Gallery sponsored artist Wayne Geary and his outdoor mural that adorns a wall of the FHP ChildCare Center at 2500 S. State. The mural (16 by 40 feet), adjacent to the children's playground, depicts a fanciful, colorful scene including medieval castles, boats, knights and dragons. Geary has worked on dozens of murals.

- The Kimball Art Center will host the "Northwest Rendezvous Group" show and sale again this year. Four of the 37 nationally acclaimed artists are from Utah: Jim Morgan, wildlife painter from Mendon; Salt Lake sculptor Ed Fraughton; Jim Norton of Santaquin, winner of the 1994 Gold Medal at the Cowboy Artists of America show, and Provo's Gary Kapp. The show will feature a wide range of subjects ranging from landscapes, harbor scenes, historic renderings, wildlife, still life and Western scenes. For more information, contact Rebecca Samson at the Kimball Art Center, 279-1040 or Gary Swenson, 266-6721.

- A bronze sculpture depicting the hardship and tragedy endured by Mormon pioneers is on display in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Whitney Gallery of Western Art. "Winter Quarters," created in 1935 by Avard T. Fairbanks, was recently donated to the Historical Center by Fairbank's son, Jonathan Fairbanks.

- The Art Directors of Salt Lake City will hold a meeting on Thursday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. at the Finch Lane Gallery to explore issues of graphic design and social responsibility. The evening will include: Brooke Williams, author and consultant, talking about "The Third Duty: Reconciling Wildness and Work"; Gary Bucci, Cross Pointe paper representative, talking about "The paper manufacturer's part in producing environmentally responsible paper"; and an open discussion on ideas and concerns. For more information, contact Kinde Nebeker at 364-3730.

- Lectures, workshops, classes:

- The University of Utah will host papermaker Jana Pullman, University of Iowa's Center for the Book, and her workshop on Aug. 21-25. The workshops will include training in Western and Japanese paper-making techniques as well as instruction in marbling and other decorated paper production. For more information, contact the University of Utah DCE at 581-8113 or Madelyn Garrett, rare book curator, Marriott Library, 585-6148.

- The Kimball Art Center will present a "Black & White Infrared Exposure & Print & Tinting" workshop by Scott Sanders and Dana Bishop Sanders, Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Cost is $200. University of Utah credit - 2 hours - is also available for an additional $50. For more information and registration, contact the Kimball Art Center at 279-0140.

- The Entrada Institute will present "Canyon Dreams," a watercolor workshop with artist Jerry W. Fuhriman, Friday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 27. Participants should bring ample painting supplies. Cost is $105 (participants must plan for own accommodations and meals). Classes will be held near Capitol Reef National Park. For more information, call the Entrada Institute at 801-425-3265, or Jerry Fuhriman at 801-755-6720.