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Original Writing Competition

TWIG Media Lab took some great photos and video of our Original Writing Competition Awards Celebration on November 1 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

Here’s a link to the photos:

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Here’s the video:

Original Writing Competition from TWIG Media Lab on Vimeo.

Established in 1958, the competition identifies and awards Utah writers for works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the form of short stories, essays, poems, and full-length manuscripts for readers of all ages. Submissions must be original works. They cannot be published or accepted for publication at the time of entry. Manuscripts will be reviewed in a blind process by five to seven judges selected from outside of Utah.

Past award winners have included Ron Carlson, former Utah Poet Laureates David Lee, Ken Brewer, and Katharine Coles, current Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen, Pam Houston, Lyman Hafen, Margaret I. Rostkowski, John Bennion, Scott Cairns, Rod Carney, and Susan Howe. There is no entry fee for the competition, and it is open to all Utah residents.

The 2014 competition is closed, and the winners are listed below. The 2015 competition guidelines will be posted in the spring, and the competition will open in June. Until then, please consult the 2014 guidelines as a reference.

2014 Winners

Category A: Novel

  • First place: ECKSDOT by J Washburn (Provo)
  • Second place: Fragments of an Inner Architecture by Gene Washington (Logan)
  • Honorable Mention: RedRedRedRed by Eric Howerton (Ogden)

Category B: Creative Nonfiction

  • First place: An American (Homeless) in Paris by Christian Ames (Salt Lake)
  • Second place: Befriending Laura Mae by Leisa Mukai (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: Dancing Bird’s Apprentice by Patty Willis (Salt Lake)

Category C: Book of Poems

  • First place: Eve’s Child by Markay Brown (St. George)
  • Second place: Cold Blessings by Maximillian Werner (Salt Lake)

Category D: Juvenile Book

  • First place: Keeping it Down by Lisa Roylance (Cedar Hills)
  • Second place: Sula Eats the Sea by James Ure (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: The Sun is on Fire! by Shane Williams (Washington)

Category E: Poetry

  • First place: “Inside Wolf, Grandmother Becomes a Dancer” by Shanan Ballam (Logan)
  • Second place: “Bottle Cherries” by Candy Fowler (St. George)
  • Honorable Mention: “Pretending to be interviewed, the monster gets choked up, tells the cameraman to shut the damn thing off.” by Natalie Young (Cedar City)

Category F: Short Story

  • First place: “Adsila, Wyoming” by Iris Moulton (Salt Lake)
  • Second place: “Two Shoes” by John Pace (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: “For My Father II” by Jordan Floyd (West Jordan)

Category G: Narrative Nonfiction/Personal Essay

  • First place: “Hourglass Man” by Aaron Allen (Orem)
  • Second place: “Living the Dream” by Joshua Harms (Centerville)

Questions?

Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove via email or call 801.236.7548.

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Utah Arts & Museums Grants

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 our grants manager and request a new user profile, (801)236-7550 or lalder@utah.gov.

Opportunities

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

Artists

Communities

Educators & Schools

Organizations

Funding History

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

Applying for Grants?

Visit uamgrants.org 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.

Project Grant Budget Form

Operational Support Budget Form

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

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 uamgrants.org, 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 FY14 grant report forms, click HERE.

Questions?

Contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at 801.236.7550

State of Utah Art Collections

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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

ArtOps

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

  • 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

Local

  • Art at the Main, a gallery located on the ground floor atrium of the Main Salt Lake City Library featuring works by contemporary Utah artists, is looking for new members.  A cooperative gallery run by its members since 2006, Art at the Main offers a diverse selection of media, styles, sizes and prices, making it a perfect place to shop for original art. Added 11/14/2014
    Deadline: Rolling
    EXHIBITION

National & International

  • The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (Hillsboro, OR) is currently seeking submissions from individual artists and artist groups working in all media for exhibits to show between July 2015 and June 2016. The Walters gallery seeks to display original fine art that is engaging to a broad public audience. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 1, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The University of Northern Colorado School of Art and Design (Greely, CO) presents a Juried Photography Show of Wet Plate Collodion Process. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 7, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Art on the Edge 2015 is the fourth biennial juried exhibition presented by the New Mexico Museum of Art and Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography. This juried show is open to artists residing in New Mexico and the bordering states of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Five to nine artists will be selected, each represented with a developed body of work. Artists will be chosen through an online jurying process by juror Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 7, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Artists working in all Fine Arts Media can submit up to six images for a one month show at the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington, NY. It will be judged by Adrienne Rooney, Curatorial Assistant of the Whitney Museum. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 12, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University, located in Ellensburg, Washington, will host the inaugural INTERSTATE juried exhibit. All proceeds from this national, bi-annual exhibition will support student scholarships in the CWU Department of Art. The juror for the 2014 INTERSTATE exhibition is Michael Rooks, the Wieland Family Curator of Contemporary Art, at the High Museum of Art, in Atlanta, Georgia. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 15, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts seeks exhibition proposals that have conceptual resonance with the theme of its 50th Annual Conference, Makers, Mentors and Milestones, which takes place in Kansas City, Makers, Mentors and Milestones will highlight modes of contemporary practice, celebrate the impact of influential figures and movements that have shaped the field, and create opportunity to envision collectively what lies ahead. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 17, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • In September 2014, the Rauschenberg Foundation announced that it would release a series of open calls for the first time in its history. The current call for proposals is in the Art + Environment program. If you believe that your work fits strongly with this program’s goals and scope, we encourage you to prepare an application according to the guidelines and instructions. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 22, 2014
    FUNDING
  • The Representing the West exhibition is open to all artists. We are interested in work that answers the question, “What does the American West mean to me?” We welcome traditional representational work as well as non-traditional subject matter, materials (excluding video and/or audio) and concepts. Added 11/25/2014 Deadline: December 27, 2014 EXHIBITION
  • Gallery One Visual Arts Center (Ellensburg, WA) announces their first national juried printmaking exhibition titled IN PRINT.  Accepted entries will be included in a month-long exhibition in May of 2015 in the beautifully restored Gallery One in downtown Ellensburg.  Opportunities for lectures, workshops, and/or special events will be offered to chosen artists to accompany the exhibition. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 31, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Soho Photo Gallery’s (NY, NY) Portfolio Competition is requesting photographers to submit  portfolios containing 12–20 compositionally and technically strong images with a consistent theme or concept. Winners will receive solo shows at the gallery as well as a Pina Zangaro customized portfolio box. Added 11/14/2014
    Deadline: December 31, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • From Every Fiber is designed to showcase the many forms that fiber arts take – from traditional to abstract, wall hangings to 3-dimensional pieces. The exhibit will be held at the Texas Gallery in the Arts Center from February 7 to March 18. College Station, TX. Added 11/14/2014
    Deadline: January 15, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • 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
    EXHIBITION
  • 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
    SOLO EXHIBITION

Residencies & Professional Development

  • The Gates of the Arctic Artist-in-Residence program offers professional digital artists, writers, composers, musicians, two and three-dimensional visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, and artisans of all type the opportunity to pursue their art in a premier wilderness setting. For more information on Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and the Artist in Residence program. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 5, 2014
    RESIDENCY
  • Baxter St at CCNY invites emerging photographers living in New York City to apply for the 2015Workspace Residency Program (previously The Darkroom Residency Program). The Baxter St at CCNY Workspace Residency offers local photographers much-needed workspace in New York City as well as access to the Baxter St at CCNY community and programs. Added 11/25/2014
    Deadline: December 9, 2014
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    RESIDENCY

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
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • 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
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • 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
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • 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
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    RESIDENCY 
  • 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
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    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)
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    RESIDENCY
  • 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
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Visual Arts Questions?

Felicia Baca
801.245.7272

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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:

“Statewide Annual ’14: Painting & Sculpture”

November 21, 2014- January 9, 2015

An artist reception will be held on November 21, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

The Statewide Annual Juried Competition and Exhibition began in 1899 and we are excited to continue this fantastic program for artists across the state. We were pleased to see entries come from 44 cities and 18 counties across Utah. We received 392 works of art from 224 artists. Of those, 59 works by 59 artists were juried into the exhibition. Join us for an opening reception on November 21st for Gallery Stroll where we will reveal the Best in Show, Jurors’ Award Winners and Honorable Mentions.

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.

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Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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