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Viktor Hartmann: Plan for a City Gate in Kiev. This image is in the public domain due to its age. This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

Call for Young Artists artwork depicting
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Thank you everyone for the 100+ submissions!

All submissions will be shown during the performance!

Pictures from an Exhibition - A Remembrance of Viktor Hartmannis a famous suite in ten movements composed by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874 originally for piano. Ravel's orchestral arrangement of this piece is the most performed and recorded.

Utah Valley Symphony will be performing Pictures at an Exhibition on October 19 & 20, 2011 in the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo. We will display submitted artwork in a slide show format while the movement is being performed.

We invite artists of Utah Valley, age 25 and younger, to submit their artwork of one or more the following movements:

  1. The Gnome - "A sketch depicting a little gnome, clumsily running with crooked legs."
  2. The Old Castle - "A medieval castle before which a troubadour sings a song."
  3. Dispute Between Children At Play -
    "An avenue in the garden of the Tuileries, with a swarm of children and nurses."
  4. Cattle - "A Polish cart on enormous wheels, drawn by oxen."
  5. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
  6. Samuel Goldberg and Schmuyle - "Two Jews: Rich and Poor"
  7. The Market at Limoges - "French women quarreling violently in the market."
  8. The (Roman) Catacombs
  9. The Hut on Chicken's legs (Baba-Yaga, the Witch)
  10. The Heroes Gate at Kiev

Some of the original artwork that inspired Mussorgsky can be found here.

  1. Artists must be age 25 or younger residing in Utah Valley or outlying rural areas.
  2. College students attending any Utah Valley college/university are eligible.
  3. Elementary and Secondary students living within Utah Valley (or outlying rural areas) are eligible.
Selection and Display of Art:
  • Some movements are less than 2 minutes while the longest movement is almost 7 minutes. Depending on the amount of submissions, there is a chance that some artwork may not be displayed during the performance and slide show.
  • Artwork in the slide show will be timed according to the music. We suggest that you listen to the entire piece to determine what movement you would like to depict. We want you to show us what you hear within the movement - either a certain section, or as an overall theme for that movement.
    (Mussorgsky composed according to the paintings. However, we are asking you to paint according to the composing!)
  • Comp tickets are not available.
  • Use "StudentArtist" as a discount code when purchasing tickets ($6).
  1. Deadline - October 1, 2011
  2. Please email your artwork in 5 MB (or higher) JPG or PNG format to
    • If digitizing your artwork requires something other than a scanner, here are some guidelines for photographing your artwork.
  3. Follow this format for your artwork's file name: movement#-Last nameFirst initial.jpg (for example: 3-SmithJ.jpg)
  4. Include the following in your sumbission:
    • Full Name, Age
    • Movement Number and Name
    • School
    • If under 18, parent(s) name
    • Email
    • Phone

For any other questions not addressed here, please email