Apply to be an ILLUMINATE artist

ILLUMINATE is seeking individuals and groups from the art and technology sectors to create and/or display installations using light as their medium. Think BIG! (Projection Art, 3D Sculptures, Glowing Performance Art, Augmented Reality). ILLUMINATE’s headquarters are at the Gateway and Library Square, the surrounding architecture is the canvas.


ILLUMINATE is a Light Art & Creative Technology Festival in Downtown SLC, the first of its kind in the region. This free event, produced by the Utah Arts Alliance, invites the community to explore our city in a whole new light, by highlighting our history, culture and community using light, art and technology.

Festival Dates and Hours:

November 12 and 13, 2021

Dusk to 10 pm (indoor activities may open earlier and some installations may be displayed until midnight)


Activities and installations will be centered at the Gateway and Library Square, spilling out into the rest of the Downtown SLC. Projections onto outdoor walls will be permitted. There are indoor and outdoor spaces available.


Applicant inquiry and site visit at the Gateway: Monday, August 2 at 6 pm

Submissions due: Monday, August 30 at 11:59 pm

Artists selected and notified: September 15

Installation: November 11 and 12

Removal: November 13 and 14

Existing and new installations and projects will be considered. Funds are available to support selected projects. We also have a shared resource program with access to donated materials, equipment and building space. If you have questions about the event or the artist selection process, contact

Need some inspiration? 

Light festivals are making impacts around the world:

LUMA Southern Light Project

Vivid Sydney: Light, Music and Ideas Festival

Fete des Lumieres


Aurora: Light, Video, Sound Biennial