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Utah Artists Exploring Outside of Utah in the Alice Gallery – 22 Jan 2015

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Arts & Museums announces a new exhibition featuring work from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection. “Utah Artists Elsewhere” will be on display at the Alice Gallery from Jan. 23 – March 6, 2015.

This exhibition features selected works by Utah artists interpreting non-Utah places and things. “Utah artists, like any other, travel the world and the Fine Art Collection reflects that” explains Collections Manager Jim Glenn. “It is interesting to see the artist’s interpretation of the world through their work and think about how much, if any, being a Utahn influences that interpretation.”

This exhibition includes its earliest work from the 1930s and spans through the end of the 20th Century.

Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey says, “The career trajectory of Utah artists is a fascinating story. Many of our artists traveled abroad and some were fortunate to study with some of the most famous artists the world had to offer. From destinations like Chicago, New York, Paris, Italy; to studying at some of the most reputable art colleges and academies; earning the most sought after scholarships; and exhibiting at the largest national and international art fairs; Utah artists have offered an immense contribution on an international scale, while enriching the local landscape in an invaluable way.”

One of the works, Fanongo Kia Hiko by Brigham Young University professor Joseph Ostraff, was created as a result of one of his many visits to Tonga. “While living on the island of Foa in Tonga, my family and I met Hiko, a nobleman from the neighboring island of Kau Vai” recalls Ostraff.  “He was the living heir from a family line with the ability to call in schools of skipjack tuna. While we were there, Hiko went out into the bay and called in the fish. Both our villages ate tuna for weeks to come. There were several ‘tapu’ associated with the event. The most significant condition being that all the fish caught must be shared among the people and not sold for profit. This painting is about the movement from myth to belief founded in shared experience. Going abroad has enabled me to return to Utah and to appreciate the diversity found in my own backyard.​”

Other artists include: James Taylor Harwood, Francis L. Horspool, Edward Maryon, Rosalind Newmark, JH Stansfield, Florence E. Ware, along with many others. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Alice Gallery is located in the Glendinning Mansion, located at 617 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City.

Fellowship Retrospective Exhibition at the Rio Gallery – 2 Jan 2015

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums will honor past visual arts fellowship winners in an exhibition entitled “Next: 12 Visual Art Fellows.” The exhibition highlights the work of twelve recent visual arts fellows beginning in 2009. It will be on display at the Rio Gallery from Jan. 16 – March 13, 2015.

Since 1986 the Utah Division of Arts & Museums has awarded the Visual Arts Fellowship to professional visual artists in Utah to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage the advancement of their careers. Each year, a prominent American visual arts professional outside of Utah is selected to jury the submissions from visual artists across Utah. The juror recognizes two artists each year. These fellows represent the next generation of artists engaging in a variety of media and practices in contemporary art-making; they’re having conversations about regional landscapes, culture and issues unique to Utah, as well as commenting on topics relating to broader, global issues.

Artists featured in this retrospective include: Jan Andrews, Colby Brewer, James Charles, Jared Lindsay Clark, Al Denyer, Christopher Gauthièr, Mark Hedengren, Joseph Ostraff, Kathy Puzey, Josh Winegar, Wendy Wischer, and David Wolske.  Division Director, Lynnette Hiskey explains, “This exhibition provides a snapshot of visual arts excellence occurring in Utah. We’re proud to have these artists call Utah home while making valuable contributions to the art world on a national stage.”

Al Denyer (Salt Lake City) was awarded the Visual Arts Fellowship in 2011. She says, “I feel the Fellowship has helped to further my career in numerous ways. I used the award to fund the rental of a much-needed larger studio space. I was able to work on a series of large-scale artworks and create two new bodies of work, which have been widely exhibited in both national and international exhibitions.”

Currently Utah Arts & Museums is awarding two $10,000 Fellowship Awards annually. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres are eligible. The next deadline for the Visual Arts Fellowship is February 2, 2015.

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders – 19 Dec 2014

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards. Four awards are given annually in conjunction with Utah Arts and Museums’ Mountain West Arts Conference. This year the conference will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts were established in 1980 to recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Utah. In 2007, the awards adapted to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts. Today, the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recognizes those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state. “The amount of leadership and dedication in our communities is astounding” says Lynnette Hiskey, director of Utah Arts & Museums, “and we all benefit from their commitment to the arts.”

Last year, the awards went to the City of St. George, Spy Hop Productions, Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, and Shirley Ririe.

Nomination forms can be found online and submitted via email to Kirsten Darrington, Assistant Director of Utah Arts & Museums.

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2015.

Utah Division of Arts & Museums will award $10,000 to Visual Artists for Outstanding Work – 20 Dec 2014

Each year, Utah Arts & Museums recognizes the substantial contribution artists are making by offering a $10,000 fellowship award to two outstanding professional artists. Last year’s recipients were Wendy Wischer and David Wolske, both of Salt Lake City.

“Utah Arts & Museums has a mission to acknowledge and encourage the careers of Utah artists,” says Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Each year the remarkable and notable accomplishments of Utah’s visual artists bring national attention to the state for artistic achievement. It’s important to us to recognize and support these artists for their critical work.”

The artists are chosen by an esteemed juror, recognized for his/her accomplishments and accolades in the field of visual art. The juror for 2015 will be Cameron Martin. Cameron Martin is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings, drawings and printed works deal with the imaging of the natural world and have been shown internationally. In addition to solo shows at galleries in the United States, Japan and Europe, he has had one-person exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla.  He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and roundabout at the City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand, which traveled to the Tel Aviv Museum.  He has received several awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2008 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. His work is part of many museum collections, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Applying artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program. Applications are available on Jan. 1. 2015 and will be accepted through Feb. 2, 2015. Applications and guidelines available at

For more information please contact: Felicia Baca, Visual Arts Manager at 801.245.7272, or email

Exhibition at the Utah State Capitol Highlights the Work of Utah Women – 9 Dec 2014

“Women Artists of Utah” celebrates a selection of remarkable works by Utah women. Women have always been active and essential participants in our cultural heritage. This exhibit includes a variety of works, from early Utah masters to present-day emerging and established artists who have contributed to Utah’s rich artistic history. The breadth of work on view showcases a spectrum of artistic styles, from the collection’s inception in 1899 to work being produced by Utah’s contemporary women artists. “Women have always played an important role in the arts; especially in Utah as Alice Merrill Horne, who once elected to the legislature in 1899, established what is now the Utah Division of Arts & Museums” says Utah Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey. “We are proud to own so many important works of art by Utah’s talented women.” The exhibition will be on display in the Utah State Capitol Building Dec. 23 – Mar. 13, 2015 on the fourth floor gallery.

One of those talented women is Susan Makov. “I have had great teaching colleagues and wonderful artist friends. There has never been a question of their talent or passion for their work. But of course passion alone does not make a career; there must be opportunity as well,” says Makov. “In large cities like New York, one may find opportunities to show work at influential and eminent institutions like the Museum of Modern Art. I chose to teach as my main career, and Utah and the American West offered me great prospects on that path. I know that being a professional artist means perseverance and dedication to the calling over decades and making a living doing it, like any other professional.”

Keisha Goeckeritz, whose piece Scribbles No. 10 was just purchased in 2013 when she was a student, will also be featured in this exhibit.  “I’ve always thought of myself as any other person that’s an artist, but there’s this worry that women artists tend to forfeit their abilities to obscurity.” Goeckeritz continues, “To me, being an artist isn’t a career, it’s what I am.”

If you have questions about this exhibit or the State of Utah Fine Art Collection, please contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Emily Johnson 801.363.0298

Arts Project A & B
(2 grant deadlines)

Guidelines (Available March 30, 2015)
To enable organizations and groups, whose primary mission may or may not be arts-based, to develop and provide arts-based projects to the general public.  This opportunity is also available to individual folk artists. Funding Range: $500 to $2,000

Deadlines: May 29, 2015 (for projects occurring between July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) November 13, 2015 (for projects occurring between January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016)

Capacity Building

Guidelines (Available March 16, 2015)
To help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is arts-related through funding general operating expenses. Funding Range: Up to $2,500

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Arts Education (3 grant categories)

For details about Arts Education Grants, click HERE.
Artist-In-Residence     Guidelines
For a 40-hour artist residency
Project   Guidelines
For a comprehensive arts education project utilizing the services of artists or artistic companies
Teacher-Initiated-Project    Guidelines
Provide opportunities for teachers to gain skills and knowledge in any artistic discipline
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Museums (2 grant categories)

To improve professionalism and best practices through care for and management of collections, exhibition development and increased public access
Development Guidelines
For museums open fewer than 1,000 hours per year. Funding Range: Up to $1,000
Project Guidelines
For museums that are open for more than 1,000 hours per year.  Funding Range: Up to $15,000
Deadlines: January 30, 2015


Guidelines (Available May 26, 2015)
Competitive funding available to presenters to support a public performance as well as a separate community engagement activity.  Funding can be awarded for performances of in-state or out-of-state artists. Funding Range: Up to $2,500

Deadline: June 19, 2015