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Arts Day on the Hill

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Join the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors, Utah Cultural Alliance, and Friends of Art Works for Kids! for the fifth annual Arts Day on the Hill on February 17, 2015. Patrons and leaders of the arts will meet and talk with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Be among the arts-interested individuals and organizations that will gather to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives. Contact David Wicai at 801-236-7547 for more information.

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We encourage you to reach out to your legislators now and introduce yourself before the session begins. Let them know you’ll be coming to the Capitol on February 17th and you hope to meet with them. Click here to find your legislator.

Helpful Resources

Why Are the Arts Important?

Here’s a video from Arts Day 2014…

 

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 lalder@utah.gov or David at (801)236-7547 or dwicai@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

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

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.

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 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 FY15 grant report forms, click HERE.

Questions?

Contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at lalder@utah.gov or 801.236.7550  or David Wicai, Support Services, at dwicai@utah.gov or 801-236-7547

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

  • Southwest Applied Technology Allied Health and Technology Facility  - Cedar City
    The Utah Public Art Program in cooperation with the Southwest Applied Technology College is requesting resident Utah artist or artist team qualifications for the creation of public art for the new facility in Cedar City. The committee intent is to commission a public art installation(s) that honors and/or draws inspiration from the college’s technical education programs and the students it serves. The new building addition to the SWATC campus will house programs in welding, manufacturing, culinary arts, healthcare, and industrial maintenance, while continuing to build on expansive education and job skill training.
    Budget: $121,500 – Deadline: February 9, 2015

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

  • The Redevelopment Agency of Midvale City announces a call for UTAH artists who are interested in submitting proposals for a public art commission in the Bingham Junction Project Area Budget: $150,000 – Deadline: January 30, 2015

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Blue Springs Downtown Alive! (Blue Springs, MO) issues a Call to Artists for pieces of metal sculptures that are site specific and incorporates existing “historic” metal materials. The theme for the exhibition is “Remnants Restored”.
    Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: February 6, 2014
  • The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department (EDD) seeks exceptional emerging and established artists working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches for its 2015-17 Pre-Qualified Artist Pool.
    Budget: Various – Deadline: January 30, 2015
  • King County, WA + Troy Block Public Art Project - Touchstone and USAA are looking for an artist to create a site-specific artwork for the Troy Block development in Seattle’s exciting technology-centered neighborhood along South Lake Union
    Budget: $350,000 – Deadline: February 17, 2015, 5 PM
  • The City of Raleigh invites artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create public art for up to three bioretention basins.
    Budget: $71,250 – Deadline: February 27, 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

Questions?

Contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at fbaca@utah.gov or 801.245.7272

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Fellowships for Visual Arts Excellence in Utah

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.

2015 Visual Arts Fellowship
Applications Open Jan. 1 – Due Feb. 2, 2015
GUIDELINES

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2015 Visual Art Fellowship Juror

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, Oklahoma. 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.

 


Past Recipients, 1986-2014

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.

Questions?

Contact Felicia Baca at fbaca@utah.gov or 801.245.7272

 

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

  • The Big Read supports organizations around the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences including activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances and panel discussions.
    Deadline: January 28, 2015
  • Utah Humanities Competitive Grants are awarded for public humanities projects around the state. These projects demonstrate a wide variety of humanities disciplines and formats and address important community issues.
    Deadline: February 1, 2015
  • Applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards are open. The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.
    Deadline: February 2, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Performing Arts Discovery program invites applications for cooperative agreements to showcase regional performing arts groups, create an organized tour of performances or present a combination of the two in their respective regions to encourage presenters based outside the US to see work from geographically diverse areas of the United States.
    Deadline: February 8, 2015
  • Digital Humanities Implementation Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field.
    Deadline: February 18, 2015
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works supports arts projects that are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, are distinctive offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions and have the potential to be shared and/or emulated or are likely to lead to other advances in the field. Within Art Works this year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the NEA in 2015 and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) in 2016, both agencies are working to encourage projects that engage communities with and relate the arts to our national parks, called “Imagine Your Parks.”
    Deadlines: February 19, 2015; July 23, 2015
  • 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 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

Local

  • 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.
    Deadline: February 2, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Each year, two $10,000 Fellowships are awarded by Utah Arts & Museums 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. 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.
    Deadline: February 2, 2015
    FUNDING

  • 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
    EXHIBITION

National & International

  • Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie is an annual juried exhibit of contemporary quilt art held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. All works must be quilted (two or more distinct layers held together with stitches). The layers may include fiber and textile materials, but this is not required and other techniques and mediums are acceptable as long as the work is quilted. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: February 1, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • The Whatcom Museum presents the first Bellingham National 2015 Art Exhibition and Awards, which will be held May 30 – September 13, 2015 and open to all artists working in the United States. Our distinguished juror is Scott Lawrimore, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, who has dedicated his career to championing contemporary artists as a curator, writer, art historian, and gallerist. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: February 9, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Sylvia White Gallery will be awarding ONE or more artists, an entire wall of booth space (10’x10’) at one of the best NYC Art Fairs. More artists may be selected (up to 5) depending on the number of entries received.  As many of you know, galleries spend thousands of dollars purchasing booths and individual artists are not allowed to participate without gallery representation. This year, up to 5 lucky artists will join our stable to be represented by SWG. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: February 15, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the FANTASTIC FIBERS 2015 international juried exhibition. One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging, innovative & colorful international exhibits, FANTASTIC FIBERS seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. Added 12/16/2014
    Deadline: February 21, 2015
    EXHIBITION 
  • The Whatcom Museum presents the first Bellingham National 2015 Art Exhibition and Awards, which will be held May 30 – September 13, 2015 and open to all artists working in the United States. Our distinguished juror is Scott Lawrimore, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, who has dedicated his career to championing contemporary artists as a curator, writer, art historian, and gallerist. Cash awards. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: February 16, 2015
    EXHIBITION

  • CORE New Art Space invites all photographers working in a non-traditional process to submit artwork for the upcoming juried exhibition, “Rendered: Alternative Processes in Photography”.  This exhibition runs in conjunction with the Month of Photography, a celebration of hundreds photographic exhibitions and events in Denver, Colorado and other national and international locations. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: February 22, 2015
    EXHIBITION
  • 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
    EXHIBITION

  • 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
    EXHIBITION

  • 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
    EXHIBITION

  • 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
    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

  • 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
    RESIDENCY

  • 360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a free residency program for visual artists, photographers, writers and musicians located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. Added 1/29/2015
    Deadline: February 16, 2015
    RESIDENCY

  • 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
    RESIDENCY

  • 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
    RESIDENCY

  • 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
    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:

“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
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
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

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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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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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Questions?

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.


Collections

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.


Galleries

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.

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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 read 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.

Bite-Size Poetry for January 2015: Rob Carney

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 agrove@utah.gov.

Competitions

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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.

Download an information sheet on the Literary Arts program.

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