Each year, two $10,000 Fellowships are awarded to individual visual artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres are eligible. Fellowship awards do not require matching funds.
Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their practice through quality images and documentation. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program.
2014 Visual Art Fellowship Recipients
Wendy Wischer is an artist and assistant professor at the University of Utah in the art/art history department. She received an MFA from Florida State University in 1995 and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. Wischer creates work in a variety of media, from sculptural objects to installations, video and public works. Much of the artwork is based on blurring the separation between the intrinsic history of working with nature and the cutting edge of New Genre and New Media. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including the Pollock-Krasner Grant, the South Florida Consortium and the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, among others. Wischer has exhibited extensively nationally, and her international exhibits include Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Italy and Israel. Her work is part of several public collections, including the Miami Art Museum, Art Bank Art in Public Places Miami, and a permanent outdoor installation with Art in Public Places Miami Beach.
David Wolske is an award-winning artist, graphic designer and typographer. He is the creative director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah. Of his work he says, “By employing moveable type and letterpress printing, I revive and repurpose the materials and techniques of a once-thriving commercial industry to investigate the coevolution of language and communication technologies. I employ layering, rotating, bending and twisting in an attempt to subvert the inherent perpendicularity of the medium. I strive to make work that honors letterpress vernacular but also turns it on its head. I have an affinity for wood and metal type, but enthusiastically incorporate digital tools, computer software and design thinking into a manual workflow that draws heavily on the traditions of letterpress and fine art printmaking.” Wolske has work in the collections of Brigham Young University, Columbia College Chicago, Swarthmore College, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and Yale University, among others.
The juror for 2014 is Nora Burnett Abrams. Abrams is associate curator at MCA Denver. She has organized solo exhibitions on Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Dario Robleto, Allison Smith, Frohawk Two Feathers, William Lamson, Tatiana Blass and others. Recently, she co-curated the group exhibition “Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art.” She is currently organizing a large group exhibition exploring different representations of domesticity in contemporary art. She graduated from Stanford University and is completing her dissertation at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU.
Click HERE to read the juror’s statement.
A List of Past Recipients, 1986-2013
Fellowship Video Profiles
In partnership with “Artists of Utah-15 Bytes,” we produce short artist profiles of the recipients as part of the award. Please see the links below to some of the videos we’ve produced of our recent fellowship recipients.
- Mark Finch Hedengren (2013), Provo
- Christopher M. Gauthiér (2013), Logan
- James Charles (2012), Salt Lake City
- Jared Clark (2012), Salt Lake City
- Kathy Puzey (2011), Logan
- Jan Andrews (2010), Salt Lake City
- Joseph Ostraff (2010), Provo
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