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Utah Arts & Museums Grants

Utah Arts & Museums awards over $1 Million dollars in grants every year to support and assist arts organizations, cultural organizations, and museums across the state of Utah. Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities, and artists. Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Bring us your great ideas!

Please note NEW grant deadlines. Fiscal Year 2016 grant guidelines (for activities taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016) will be uploaded soon.

Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities and artists. All grant applications must be submitted online. Registration is required to access grant applications and can be completed online at any time.

New to our online grants system? Call or email to request a new user profile, Laurel at (801)236-7550 or or David at (801)236-7547 or


For additional information and guidelines, please click on the links below.



Educators & Schools


Funding History

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY14

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY15

Applying for Grants?

Visit to access your online application. Please make sure to view the grant guidelines prior to starting your online application to ensure eligibility.

DUNS Number

All applicants are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a unique nine-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and required for all applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements. DUNS numbers are required for our regional and federal reports and help us track Utah’s creative vitality. Obtaining a DUNS number is absolutely free for all entities securing the number to apply for grants. In any correspondence with D&B, be sure to identify yourself as a grant applicant. For a tutorial on applying for a DUNS number, click HERE.

Grant Budget Forms

Please download the appropriate budget form when applying for Utah Arts & Museums grants.

General Operating Grant Budget Form

Project Grant Budget Form

For the Arts Education Artist-in-Residence and Arts Education Project budget forms, click HERE.

Utah Museums State Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to reach new standards of excellence through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and structure, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations. If you have trouble opening the worksheet, please make certain that you have the latest version of Adobe Reader

State Performance Goals

State Performance Goals Worksheet

Evaluation Forms

Successful applicants must submit a final report to Utah Arts & Museums no later than August 1. To access the final report, log in to the online grants portal at, select “update,” and click on the document icon to the far right of the grant name.

The submitted final report will be considered by the panel as part of your next application.

For the Arts Education FY15 grant report forms, click HERE.


Contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at or 801.236.7550  or David Wicai, Support Services, at or 801-236-7547

Mountain West Arts Conference – May 7, 2015

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts. Post-conference resources from the 2014 Mountain West Arts Conference.


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Information for Schedule, Sessions, and Presenters coming soon!


Morning Keynote – Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Chairman Jane ChuJane Chu has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2014 as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Since 2006, Chu served as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. As the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kauffman Center has hosted more than one million people from all 50 states and countries throughout the world since its grand opening in September 2011.
Art Works Blog – Catching Up with #NEAJaneChu

“The arts belong to us all, and there is a menu of options of ways to be involved in the arts. That’s what’s so great about the arts.” – Jane Chu

Afternoon Keynote – Thierry Fischer, Conductor; Utah Symphony Music Director

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Thierry Fischer recently renewed his contract as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra to a 10-year term, thanks to his vibrancy, commitment and energy. He has attracted leading young musicians to join the orchestra and top soloists to come to Utah, has refreshed the programming, drawn consistently full houses, and galvanized community support.
Video – Importance of Chemistry with the Utah Symphony

“He conducts with both clarity and passion…Utah is lucky to have this conductor” – Chicago Sun Times, July 2013.

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Scholarship Opportunities

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Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

Sponsorship – Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Sponsor a table at the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards luncheon to help us keep this conference affordable for Utah’s arts community.

We gratefully acknowledge our 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards Table Sponsors:

Arts Benefactor

Arts Patron

 Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

WSU Telitha E Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter


Media Sponsors

Contact Laura Durham, or 801.236.7553 for information about media sponsorship.



Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554

State of Utah Art Collections

square iconOn display now at the Utah State Capitol is “Women Artists of Utah” featuring 25 women artists with works in the State of Utah Art Collections. The exhibit hangs December 23, 2014 – March 13, 2015. The exhibit hangs on the fourth floor of the Capitol and guided tours are available from 9-5 on the hour Monday-Friday. Please ask the information desk for details.

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Fine Arts Collection

State Fine Art Collection In 1899, State Representative Alice Merrill Horne sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsorship, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.” The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.Image: Helen, Lee Greene Richards, oil on canvas, 1911

Folk Arts Collection 

Folk Art Collection The only state museum of its kind in the country, the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts has become the place where traditional art and artists from Utah’s ethnic, native, occupational and rural communities share their craft, music and dance with their own communities, their Utah neighbors and with tourists from around the world.Image: Home of the Butterflies Basket, Mary Holiday Black, 1995

Public Art Collection 

 Public Art Collection In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. There are over 200 pieces in the Utah Public Art Collection, including a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.Image: Rainbow Cloud, Frank Nockos, aluminum and pigment, 1994; Located at the Utah State Hospital Adult Psychiatric Facility in Provo

Traveling Exhibit Collection

Traveling Exhibit Program The Traveling Exhibits Program (TEP), sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, is a collaborative partnership with museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools in the State of Utah. This program brings the collections and resources of the Division and special exhibits provided by various organizations to you and your community.Image: From the Hills, Sandy Brunvand, Saltgrass Printmakers

For assistance, please contact: Jim Glenn, Collections, Public & Design Arts: 801.245.7271 Emily Johnson, Collections Registrar: 801.363.0298

Public Art

Public art is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of artists and architects.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

  • We have no open calls for artists at the moment.  Check back. We expect to have details about a new project for Utah State University in Brigham City soon.

The Utah State Legislature Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee reviews all capital projects for the State and approves or cuts public art funding for those projects. If you would like to contact the legislators on the committee to express your views on art in public places, the committee membership and committee schedule and contact information can be found online.

Projects in Process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • Salt Lake City Arts Council   Has a call for artists open to all professional artists residing in Utah.  Redwood Meadows Park will undergo a complete renovation that includes artwork.
    Budget:$33,000 —  Deadline: March 2, 2015

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Missouri Western State University  is accepting proposals for a sculpture to commemorate the university’s centennial. Regional, national, and international artists are invited to submit proposals for this permanently installed sculpture.
  • Budget: $10,000 –  Deadline:  March 11, 2015
  • The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) from artists, artist teams, or artist representatives for artwork for permanent exterior installation on the site of the replacement Art Building.
    Budget: $386,000 – Deadline: April 2, 2015

  • Orange County Convention Center North Hall Public Art opportunity call for qualifications.
    Seeking an artist or group to develop artwork for the Orange County Convention Center’s renovated North Hall.
    Budget: $400,000 – Deadline: April 3, 2015

  •  Monogram Residential Trust and managing agent, Urban Preservation Foundation are seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific permanent public artwork for their OM – On Mission development in San Francisco.
    Budget: $225,000 – April 6, 2015

  • The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center seeks artwork for three (3) distinct sites—two exterior and one interior. They are looking for art that will humanize the cancer center’s environment, as well as celebrate and honor the mission and industry of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
    Budget: $362,000 –  Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists. Deadline: Ongoing


Contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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General Arts | Visual Arts

ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include various funding sources, exhibitions, and residencies and professional development. Click on the menu items above for your interest area.

(Please review these opportunities thoroughly. They are listed here as a service, but they are not administered by Utah Arts & Museums.)

For Public Art Opportunities, please click here.

General Art Opportunities

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership.
    Deadline: March 3, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships for Prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) provide $25,000 to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Competition is extremely rigorous.
    Deadline: March 11, 2015
  • The South Jordan City Public Art and Cultural Development Board (PACDB) invites individual or group artists to submit a proposal explaining how you would create a display for South Jordan City’s annual holiday candy sculptures on Towne Center (a.k.a. candy windows displays). The Art Board will determine funding allocated for each art piece to pay for the cost of materials for a completed piece. Each art piece will receive a $500 honorarium for its associated artist(s).
    Deadline: March 15, 2015
  • The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States in Islamabad, Pakistan, is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards to support people-to-people activities between the people of the United States and Pakistan, specifically in the area of visual and performing arts (filmmaking, photography, theatre, comedy, music, or other performing and visual arts). The objective is to engage in substantive dialogue about issues related to civic engagement, freedom of expression and social justice.
    Deadline: March 16, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.
    Deadline: April 16, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grants fund creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. The NEA has posted case studies of more than 60 funded projects and lessons learned on Exploring Our Town.
    Deadline: December, 2015
  • Utah Humanities grants are designed to support projects and programs that directly involve the humanities and that engage a community for the purpose of improving it.
    Deadline: Ongoing
  • Presenters can bring international artists to their stages through CenterStage, an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ensembles from selected countries tour the U.S. to engage Americans in cultural diplomacy as a way to create opportunities for greater understanding.
    Deadline: Ongoing

Visual Arts

Local | National & International | Residencies & Professional Development | Rolling Deadlines


  • CUAC offers an annual juried exhibition called Utah Ties for artists who are living in Utah, living outside of Utah, but are from Utah, or who have spent time as students or professionally in Utah. There will be awards totaling $1,000 given to juror’s selections in the show.The purpose of the show is to help Utah artists gain exposure in Utah and also to the outside art community by being exposed to a juror who operates a commercial gallery outside of Utah. 2/10/2015
    Deadline: March 6, 2015
  • Downtown Alliance , the Main Street Floral Walk and Artscapes has a call for entries to design, build and install mini parks for Main Street. Partnerships with floral designers and landscape specialists are encouraged. Installatons will be up April 4th through May 10th. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE:  March 6, 2015
  • The Finch Lane Gallery, located in in Reservoir Park, is a contemporary gallery managed by the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Utah artists interested in presenting their newest work are encouraged to apply. Funds to support this public gallery are provided, in part, by Salt Lake City Corporation. There is no entry fee to apply. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 20, 2015
  • Springville Museum of Art opens their online entry form to all Utah artists, working in any media. The 91st Annual Spring Salon is a juried competition that showcases the diversity and quality of contemporary Utah art. 2/10/2015
    Deadline: March 23, 2015
  • Ogden Nature Center    Now in its 22nd year, the Ogden Nature Center announces the 2015 Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit. Get out your building tools, supplies and creativity and start building birdhouses. Judges:  Katie McVey, Jim Jacobs, and  Jason Manley. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE:  March 23-28
  • The Taft-Nicholson Center Artist-in-Residence Program (University of Utah) offers dedicated artists a supportive and transformational environment to further their creative development. In a remote setting dedicated to the historical integrity of the land and the preservation of natural habitat and wildlife, artists can experience unencumbered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and development of their work. Added 2/2/2015
    Deadline: March 30, 2015

National & International

  • Western Visions, Jackson, WY, creates a venue for visitors and collectors to engage the finest emerging and established artists whose works deal with humanity’s relationship with nature, and identifies, in a nationally recognized exhibition and fundraising event, artists who have the caliber to become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
  • Call for entries for The Parkside National Small Print Exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery located in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. This exhibition has shown the finest examples of small format, original prints created by artists working throughout the United States for over two decades. ​Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
  • Celebrating its sixtieth anniversary with an international exhibition of art that references and/or uses fiber, fiber techniques and fiber technologies in innovative ways, the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild, Velocity of Textiles, seeks work that reflects the forward trajectory of textiles within the twenty first century intersection of conceptual innovation, new and old techniques and materials, coupled with traditional attention to craftsmanship. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
  • Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) will host the Third Annual Santa Fe Plein Air Festival in the land of enchantment. Forty-nine (49) artists will be selected to participate in a seven day event from Saturday, June 6 through Friday, June 12 around Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
  • The Thompson Gallery is seeking works of art that examine the genres of utopia and dystopia with regard to the human conflict or dilemma within societal structure- Nowhere Everywhere. 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of “Utopia” by Sir Thomas More. All media considered. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE:  April 4, 2015
  • Waterloo Arts Fest  invites members and non-members to submit artwork for the 2015 Waterloo Arts Juried and Members Exhibition.  Added 2/18/2015|
    DEADLINE:  April 5, 2015
  • Greg Moon Art  is accepting entries for the After Dark IV show celebrating darkness and the varied reactions emblematic to this subject matter.  Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, glass, fiber arts, and assemblage. Giclees will only be accepted in the media of photography. Jurors: Greg Escalante, Joe Buffalo Nickels, and Greg Moon. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE:  April 15, 2015
  • Boston Printmakers  present the 2015 North American Print Biennial. The exhibit has long been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in printmaking.  Juror- Willie Cole. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE:  May 5, 2015
  • The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, seeks visually compelling exhibitions that provide a unique and robust visual arts experience. Artists and curators are encouraged to submit proposals and portfolios for consideration of solo and group exhibitions in our art galleries. Artists should be prepared to present engaging, educational programs such as lectures or gallery talks, school programs, demonstrations or other special presentations that relate to, augment and/or interpret the exhibition. Added 8/20/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
  • The Peoria Art Guild is currently accepting artist submission and exhibition proposals. Established in 1878, the Peoria Art Guild is a contemporary art gallery based in Peoria, Illinois. For over five decades it has provided guidance and exposure to up and coming artists as well as nationally known works of art. $35 entry up to 15 images. Added 5/31/2013
    Deadline: Rolling

Residencies & Professional Development

  • The Bullseye Projects artist-in-residence program offers artists the opportunity to develop their work in kilnformed glass. Our well-equipped studios in California, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon provide artists with chance to explore new avenues of research and the freedom to experiment using a wide variety of techniques. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 1, 2015
  • SOMA Summer is a unique eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians, conducted in English in Mexico City. SOMA Summer introduces participants to the dynamic art scene of Mexico City through visits to museums, openings, and artists’ studios. Designed to promote intense creative work and open dialogue, the program is built around a series of seminars and workshops led by renowned Mexican and international artists. Participants meet weekly for individual critiques with a variety of artists and curators. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: March 2, 2015
  • The Banff Centre Blueprint for Happiness is a residency for artists engaged in exploring creative practice outside of the gallery and in the public realm. In this space, artists interact with architects and architecture, designers, engineers, fabricators, planners, community members and with each other. The intention of this residency is to workshop ideas, designs, and prototypes for public art projects to be installed at other locations, not on The Banff Centre campus.  Added 2/10/2015
    Deadline: March 4, 2015
  • The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency provides artists from around the world seven weeks of uninterrupted time and space in the inspiring desert environment surrounding Joshua Tree National Park.  It’s an opportunity for painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and musicians to have a full block of time to focus on their work without the distractions of day to day schedules, jobs or family.  The residency bestows each artist with a place to live, a full studio to work in and a stipend to offset travel costs. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: March 15, 2015
  • The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI) world-renowned residency program offers long-term residency opportunities for artists of all disciplines in the industrial setting of Kohler Co.’s Pottery and Foundry. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: April 1, 2015
  • The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program in Visual Arts provides time and space for artists, curators, and arts professionals to create, research, experiment with and develop production techniques, and cultivate new directions in their work. Program dates are Sept 14, 2015 – October 23, 2015. Added 2/18/2015
    DEADLINE: April 22, 2015
  • International open call for Piramidon Artist Residency in Barcelona. Piramidón has a total of 16 studios; 14 of them are for artists-in-residence without necessarily pre-defined time, who live and work in Barcelona. The other 2 are for non-residents performing temporary stays from 3 to 6 months.
    Deadline: Rolling

Rolling Deadlines

  • Publicly launched in 2005, Art in Generals New Commissions Program centers on developing and exhibiting new and challenging projects by artists who are interested in creating new work. We commission visual artists to create new projects in any medium or form.
    Deadline: Rolling
  • Creative Time strives to commission, produce and present the most important, ground-breaking, challenging and exceptional art of our times; art that infiltrates the public realm and engages millions of people in New York City and across the globe. We are guided by a passionate belief in the power of art to create inspiring personal experiences as well as foster social progress.
    Deadline: Rolling
  • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation‘s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time. The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time.
    Deadline: Rolling
  • The Vermont Studio Center accepts 40 visual artists each month in painting, sculpture, new and mixed media, drawing, printmaking, and photography. The Center conducts the largest fine arts and writing residency program in the U.S. The programs are highly selective and include a broad variety of media, cultures and ages. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
  • The Penland School Resident Artist Program seeks to enrich the total educational experience at Penland by providing a stimulating, supportive environment for artists at transitional points in their careers. Penland resident artists are full-time, self-supporting craftspeople who live and work at the school for three years. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
  • The Headlands Center for the Arts hosts an internationally recognized Artist in Residence Program, interdisciplinary public programs, and subsidized studio rentals for Bay Area artists of all disciplines. Through these programs, Headlands offers opportunities for artist research, dialogue and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
  • Robert Rauschenberg’s twenty-acre estate on Captiva Island, Florida, is pleased to announce it will be transformed into a creative center that welcomes artists of all disciplines from around the world to live, work, and create. The selection process for the Rauschenberg Residency, Fall 2013 – Summer 2014, will be by nomination only. Check website for additional details. Added 3/27/2013
    Deadline: TBD
  • The Banff Centre’s Visual Arts residencies focus on professional development, research, and training opportunities in media and visual arts. The programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, media arts, film, and video, as well as curatorial and critical studies. Residencies are for professional artists with an exhibition record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
    Deadline: Various dependent on residency
  • 18th Street Arts Center’s (Los Angeles) residency program helps to build and to strengthen the creative community by working with local, national and international artists and curators. There are three types of residencies, including long-term; mid-term; and a visiting artist program that hosts international and national artists and curators from between 1 to 3 months. 18th Street Arts Center’s mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Added 10/31/2012
    Deadline: Rolling (1yr-18mo advance)
  • Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP. Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $4,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.
    Deadline: Rolling
  • Centrum Creative Residencies program offers a special collaborative residency package, designed to facilitate groups of artists collaborating on one or more new works. Groups of working artists find the facilities ideally suited to the kind of effort and focused energy that is needed to create a great collaborative piece or body of work.
    Deadline: Rolling
  • The Macina di San Cresci is a member of RES ARTIS, the International Association of Residential Arts Centre, established in the Netherlands in 1993. It is the largest existing network of artist residency programs, numbering over 200 members drawn from more than 40 countries. Location: Tuscany, Italy.
    Deadline: Rolling
  • Spread Art’s Residency Program invites local, regional, national and international artists to develop and present work in collaboration with the creative communities of Detroit. Below is a general overview of the program (all residencies are ultimately tailored to the individual artist’s needs and interests) and a list of 2014 artists in residence.
    Deadline: Rolling
  • School of Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarships are available for both the two- and three-week Summer Institute sessions. To apply for a merit scholarship, please submit a portfolio with 6–10 pieces in the SlideRoom online portfolio site and email your registration packet materials. Labeled photographs and film slides are also acceptable. Art work may be in any medium, regardless of class choice. Please note: a portfolio and indication on the Financial Aid / Merit Scholarship application form that you are applying for merit are required.
    Deadline: Check Website

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Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Currently at the Rio Gallery:

“NEXT: 12 Visual Arts Fellows”

January 16 – March 13, 2015

An artist reception will be held on January 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

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

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
David Wolske

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Thr Rio Grande Depot will be open every other Saturday from 10-2pm for Winter Market beginning November 8-April, 2015

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in June-December of 2015 will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014 and are due February 2, 2015. Be sure to download the guidelines prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.



Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899. This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection.

“Utah Artists Elsewhere”
January 23 – March 6, 2015

This exhibition features selected works by Utah artists interpreting non-Utah places and things. The work spans the 1930’s 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.

Location & Hours

Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday

Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in June-December of 2015 will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014 and are due February 2, 2015. Be sure to download the guidelines prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

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Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Visual & Public Art

Visual Art in Utah

The 1899 “Art Bill” created by the legislature established the first state funded arts council in the nation. The original law’s purpose was to advance the interest of fine arts, to develop the influence of art in education, to sponsor an annual art exhibition, establish a state art collection and present public lectures on art.

The State Fine Art Collection has grown annually by purchases and donations and, as a whole, provides an impressive documentation of the history of Utah art. The collection is on display in the Governor’s Mansion, the Glendinning Home, the Rio Grande Depot, the State Capitol building, the Scott Matheson Courthouse, and in various state buildings. Selections from the collection are included in Traveling Exhibition Program bringing artwork to viewers throughout the state.

Public Art in Utah

Public art i"Escher's Elevator" (detail) by Jack Archibalds most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of artists and architects.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

Design Arts in Utah

Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We strive to help the citizens of the state see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us. Design Arts Utah sponsors and mounts an annual exhibition. The Design Arts Competition is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. This exhibition features work submitted by Utah designers that have been selected by a juror prominent in the design field. Each year’s exhibition displays designs, prototypes, and produced samples by some of the best in Utah’s various design fields.


State Fine Art Collection

Utah’s state-owned art collection began in 1899. Alice Merrill Horne was a candidate for the state legislature on a platform of support for the arts. Once she was elected to the House of Representatives she sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and to establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsor, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.”  The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.

Public Art Collection

There are over 200 pieces in Utah’s Digital Public Art Collection, all created since 1985. Look here to find out what public art is in your community.

Competitions and Commissions

Public Art Call for Qualifications

Find out about local, regional, national and international calls for public arts commissions.

Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition

The Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition provides exposure to both new and established Utah artists through public display, publicity, awards and publication of catalogues. The competition focuses on different disciplines, rotating categories in a three year cycle that includes: painting and sculpture; fine crafts and photography; and mixed media and works on paper.

Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship Program awards two $10,000 fellowships annually to outstanding professional artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Exhibitions featuring invited past fellowship recipients are periodically held.


The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue. Both galleries participate in the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and host public receptions on Gallery Stroll evenings.

  • The Alice Gallery, located in the Glendinning Home and main offices of Utah Arts & Museums, features selections from the State Fine Art Collection as well as exhibits chosen from community proposals. Download Alice Gallery floorplans.
  • The Rio Gallery, in the historic Rio Grande building, sponsors the Statewide Annual Exhibition, the Design Arts exhibition, and visual artist group exhibitions chosen from community proposals.

Proposals for exhibitions in June-December of 2015 will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014 and are due February 2, 2015. Be sure to download the guidelines prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


Traveling Exhibition Program

Traveling exhibitions are curated and as a collaborative partnership with local artists, arts organizations, and institutions. Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools all register for the exhibitions annually. By traveling these exhibits around the State and the use of the accompanying educational materials, the exhibits provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.

Download an information sheet on the Visual and Public Art programs.

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Literary Arts

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has been supporting Utah’s literary community for more than 50 years. The Utah Original Writing Competition began in 1958 and has since expanded to other offerings. Through readings, conferences and workshops offered throughout Utah, as well as support for professional development for writers, the Literary Arts program has been able to reinforce growth and interest across all literary genres.

Bite-Size Poetry

We’ve invited notable Utah poets to recite short poems they’ve written. Our friends at TWIG Media Lab have created videos of the readings. We’re releasing one a month throughout 2015. Enjoy!

Bite-Size Poetry for February 2015: Star Coulbrooke

To see more videos of past Bite-Size Poets, please visit our YouTube channel.

Poet Laureate

Utah initiated its Poet Laureate program in 1997. The Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state. The Poet Laureate is available for readings at public events and in venues including libraries, universities and schools. To have the Poet Laureate visit you, please fill out the Poet Laureate appearance request form.

April is National Poetry Month
Each April, the Poet Laureate leads several discussions throughout Utah. Watch for announcements of events in early spring.

Literary Resources

Utah is home to a rich and diverse writing community. Throughout the state, there are several literary journals and magazines (both print and electronic), conferences, competitions, awards, festivals and presses. These range from independent to university- and college-sponsored periodicals, events and workshops, and include content in all literary genres, often paired with visual arts. Additionally, audiences for each range from local to national and from secular to religious, and are inclusive of experienced and emerging writers alike. For a list of resources, click HERE. You may also sign up for our monthly LitOps newsletter by contacting Alyssa Hickman Grove at


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Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with Utah Arts & Museums’ Literature Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. State arts agencies receiving arts education funding from NEA are required to participate.

Original Writing Competition
The annual Original Writing Competition has won national respect because of the reputation of its judges and the honors received by its winners. For more than 50 years, this competition has honored some of Utah’s finest writers with public recognition, career assistance and cash prizes.

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