The Utah Arts Council announces a call for entries for the statewide annual competition for fine craft artists and photographers. Entry deadline is Friday and Saturday. Also, the next fellowship deadline is Friday, Sept. 29. For more information, call 533-3582.

The Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple, will present another Art Talk on Wednesday evening at 7. Fiber artist Lia Cook will discuss the interplay of thread with digital imaging. For more information call 328-4201.

Weber State University's Department of Visual Arts has named Monika Del Bosque as the new gallery director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery. Del Bosque has an MFA in Studio Arts and a certificate in museum collections management from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, Calif.

TURN community services will host its fourth annual benefit dinner, auction, art exhibit and sale, "Art & Soul," on Friday, Sept. 29, from 6:30-10 p.m. in the South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 S. State in Sandy. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 per table of eight. For more information call 524-8618.

The College of Architecture + Planning will hold a design charrette, "Downtown Rising: Design Initiatives for the Next Century," to be moderated by Brenda Scheer, dean of the college. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information e-mail baird@arch.utah.edu.

The Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., Park City, invites students ages 13 through 18, living in Summit or Wasatch counties, to join the Kimball Young Artists' Academy. Students will develop their art portfolio and resume, discuss art history, meet local artists, explore possible visual art careers. The academy is free, but students need to apply and meet nomination requirements, which can be found at www.kimball-art.org. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. For more information call 435-649-8882.

Contemporary Design & Art Gallery announces a call for entries for Utah ceramic artists interested in exhibiting work in the juried show, "Clay Remains," running from Oct. 6-31. Entries are due at the gallery, 30 E. Broadway, No. 105, on Friday, Sept. 29, between 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 30, between 2-6 p.m. For more information and entry form, call 364-0200.

The City Library System is accepting entries, through Oct. 10, by artists wishing to exhibit in the city libraries. Exhibits are chosen by a staff committee according to the needs and interests of the community, the variety of shows, the artistic quality of the works and the suitability of format for the space provided. For more information, contact The City Library at 524-8200.

Utah State University department of art's "Visiting Artist Program" will host drawing and installation artist Alice Leora Briggs at a public lecture on Monday evening at 7 in the Eccles Conference Center, Room 216. For more information, call 435-797-7373.

The Cedar City Arts Council will hold its 2006 Cedar City Arts Festival on Friday and Saturday in conjunction with the opening weekend of the Shakespearean Festival fall season. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and is open and free to the public. For more information contact Todd Prince at 586-9290.