State Flag Semi-Finalists on Display at Beverley Center

Published: September 20, 2022 | Author: Kenzie Lundberg | Read Time: 2 minutes

State Flag Semi-FinalistsTwenty Utah state flag semi-finalists will be on display at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts on the campus of Southern Utah University from September 22 through October 5, 2022. The flags include new colors and new symbols and express Utah’s shared identity.

“It’s exciting that Cedar City and the SUU campus was selected as an ideal location to come and see these final flag ideas actually flying,” said Donna Law, executive director of development and government relations at SUU and a member of one of several public More Than a Flag subcommittees. “This is an opportunity to bring your family and friends to participate in a broad statewide conversation to explore the colors, symbols, and meaning of elements that will become our new state flag.”

The pop-up exhibition is part of More Than A Flag, a year-long initiative of the Utah State Flag Task Force to consider a new design. Last spring, Utahns from across the state submitted more than 7,000 ideas and designs for a new flag. In the summer, artists on the flag’s Design Review Subcommittee first narrowed those submissions and then worked with flag artists to select and refine 20 semi-finalists.

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox, along with legislative leaders, believe a public conversation about designing a new state flag offers Utahns the chance to talk about who we are now, as a people and as a state. It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be part of history and part of Utah’s future.

“I get teary-eyed when I think of all these people helping design the flag,” says Rep. Elizabeth Weight, who is a member of the flag task force. “The new flag will be one that people can point to and say: ‘I was part of the evolution of that flag.’”

In offering feedback, commenters are asked to consider whether each flag represents Utah and Utahns, and why. Those that are unable to see the exhibit in person can see each design and provide feedback at Public feedback will be accepted through October 5.

After reviewing the public feedback, the Design Review Committee will select four to six finalists to be presented to the Utah State Task Force, led by Utah Governor Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson. The task force will then present a final design to the Utah Legislature later this year.

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