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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

Unclaimed Art 

 Unclaimed Art We store two art collections: one is made up of artwork that we’ve purchased or that has been gifted to us. The other is made up of artwork we’ve traveled or displayed over the years. Some of these pieces we’ve had for one year, some for ten. Even after numerous attempts to track down the artists, they have yet to be picked up by their owner. Some of the pieces have lost their labels. Regardless, we don’t know to whom they belong. Can you help us identify the owners of this unclaimed art?

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


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 Arts’ Research: Art Works funding opportunity supports research for projects that investigate the power and/or impact of the arts on individuals and communities. The NEA anticipates awarding up to 20 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. A guidelines seminar for potential applicants is scheduled for September 3 at 1:00 p.m. MDT. Register in advance.
    Deadline: October 21, 2014
  • The Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program supports ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz and world chamber music through residency projects that take place in community settings and are not part of a regular concert series. Grants support up to 75 percent of expenses directly connected to the project.
    Deadline: October 31, 2014
  • 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


  • Dance Theater Coalition’s signature salon has provided artist-to-artist, objective, non-directorial feedback through a ‘test audience’ workshop structure. Fieldwork is a unique forum for artists to share developing works and exchange feedback, peer to peer. Incisive and stimulating critiques are guided by an experienced facilitator. Participants meet weekly to share their developing works and will receive an opportunity to participate in a public performance/exhibition in November 2014. Open to all artists working in any form.
    September 8-November 10, 2014
  • The 2014 Statewide Annual Juried Competition: Painting & Sculpture will be from November 21, 2014 – January 9, 2015, with entries due on October 22 and 23at the Rio Gallery. Visual arts juried exhibitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing opportunities to all artists across the state of Utah to be recognized for excellence in this annual juried exhibition. Six $500 Juror’s Awards will be selected. For information on nationally esteemed jurors and online registration, visit the link above. NEW: Installation work is now included as part of the sculpture category. Added 5/14/2014
    Deadline: September 22 – October 21, 2014; online registration open
    Entry drop-off October 22/23
  • Art Access is holding a call for artwork for a veterans’ art exhibit. Only original artwork from Utahns who are veterans of the U.S. military will be considered. For guidelines, visit website. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: October 2, 2014
  • Southern Utah University’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and the Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center invite you to submit work to “Wild Perspectives: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act,” a juried exhibition of 2D artwork focusing on Southern Utah’s wilderness areas. Added 6/25/2014
    Deadline: October 3, 2014

National & International

  • Dacia Gallery in NY, NY invites emerging and established artists to submit artwork for an opportunity to participate in our upcoming Fall 2014 Group Exhibition. We are looking for a diverse body of artwork in all media and styles; this will be a mixed group show of all recent artwork created by contemporary artists, exhibiting what they are working on today. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: September 18, 2014
  • The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts. Added 9/15/2014
    Deadline: September 19, 2014
  • Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video is a juried international group exhibition of approximately 25 photographs and videos organized by the Los Angeles-based Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and the Farhang Foundation to showcase living artists whose works explore themes related to Iranian culture. The exhibition is an opportunity to facilitate the identification and development of emerging and mid-career photographers and media artists. Added 8/4/2014
    Deadline: September 21, 2014
  • Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, has recently opened its 16th Annual Pastel 100 Painting Competition for entries. This international annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners. $5,000 grand prize.
    Deadline: September 22, 2014
  • iDEAS 14 is an international exhibition of innovative digital art, design, and new media. The exhibition coincides with the 12th annual International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAA) conference, to be held on the campus of Utah Valley University (UVU), near Provo, UT, from November 5-7. Digital art and design works may be submitted in a variety of media, such as interactive pieces, animation, games, video, printed imagery, virtual spaces, sound, sculpture and hybrid media. Added 8/4/2014
    Deadline: September 26, 2014
  • PUNCH Gallery (Seattle, WA) presents an international juried exhibition during the months of November and December 2014 with works to be selected by the artist team SuttonBeresCuller. Artists from any country may submit work in any medium. In addition to traditional media and crafts, artists are encouraged to submit work in experimental genres, video, sound, or installation. Added 9/15/2014
    Deadline: September 29, 2014
  • New Hampshire Institute of Art (Peterborough), Sharon Arts Center Campus is pleased to present a call for entry for Looking Out. Looking Out is a national juried exhibition of photographic images pertaining to both our natural and manmade worlds. The selected works will have an enormous amount of diversity that create a dialogue which addresses both the similarities and differences between the selected images and our perception of the outside world. Added 9/15/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • The Clark Hulings Fund considers proposals from professional artists who have secured tangible prospects for advancing their careers, but lack sufficient financial resources to capitalize on those opportunities. Examples include but are not limited to: the completion of work due to a gallery, museum, or private collection, the transportation of work or of the artist to an exhibition of that artist’s material, the management of logistical or technical requirements to realize a project, etc. Added 9/15/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • The Evergreen Association of Fine Arts is a non-profit arts organization that is primarily educational, promoting art and its artists to the community. EAFA invites artists to enter the annual EAFA 2014 Open Exhibition to be held at the EAFA Gallery in Seattle, WA from November 3, 2014 to January 2, 2015. Added 9/4/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • The 4th annual Fine Art Craft Hilton Head (SC) exhibition seeks 3D fine art craft entries that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with few restrictions. Up to 75 works will be chosen by an esteemed jury based upon artistic excellence, innovation and originality. Cash prizes in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded by judge and gallery owner Wally Smith. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • Naples Botanical Garden, NYC, in conjunction with the National Sculpture Society (NSS), is proud to present an exhibition of animal sculpture titled “All Creatures Great and Small.” The juried exhibition will feature works of sculpture in permanent media throughout the garden and in the new visitor center during Naples’ high season. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • The purpose of the Art Jewelry Forum’s (AJF) Artist Award for an emerging jewelry artist is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist and to advance the career of a promising artist. The award consists of an unrestricted cash award of $7,500. Added 8/4/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • Wyoming will celebrate its 125th anniversary of statehood in 2015. In honor of the anniversary, the state will release precious-metal commemorative collector’s coin(s). Additionally, up to three alloy coins will be produced for the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches to give away to constituents. Added 9/4/2014
    Deadline: October 1, 2014
  • Photographers 18+ are invited to submit up to 15 images for the fotofoto gallery juried competition. Our juror, Judith Levy, will select 30 pieces to be exhibited in Huntington, NY in December 2014. All photographic processes and subjects are welcome. Added 9/4/2014
    Deadline: October 5, 2014
  • The Fort Collins, CO, Lincoln Center invites visual artists residing in the U.S. to enter “Incite Insight,” a call for artists to provoke/inspire/arouse a deeper understanding/vision/wisdom of the world around us. Guest juror Ivar Zeile, owner and director of the award-winning Plus Gallery, one of Denver, Colorado’s leading contemporary art spaces, will select the work and awards. $1,700 in cash awards, including a $1,000 grand prize. Representational, conceptual and work in all media will be considered. Added 9/4/2014
    Deadline: October 10, 2014
  • Kansas City Artists Coalition (KCAC) is seeking proposals for exhibitions in each of their four galleries. This application can also be used to apply to the International Residency. Added 9/15/2014
    Deadline: October 15, 2014
  • Las Laguna Gallery (Laguna Beach, CA) is looking for works inspired by the Day of the Dead. Any and all works that reflect the theme of Dia de Los Muertos will be considered. All local, national and international artists, professional and amateur, and multiple art media will be considered — photography, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings, including oil, acrylic, ink, graphite, pastels, etc. Added 9/15/2014
    Deadline: October 18, 2014
  • Gallery 110 Seattle is now accepting entries for the 5th Annual Juried Exhibition. This year’s exhibition will be juried by Scott Lawrimore, first director of the University of Washington’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery. There is no intended theme for the work, and all fine art — contemporary and modern works — will be considered. The juror will award first-, second- and third-place cash awards. Added 9/4/2014
    Deadline: October 22, 2014
  • The Santo Foundation is pleased to announce Pablo Helguera as Distinguished Juror for the 2014 Individual Artist Awards. Three artists will be selected to each receive $5,000. Five additional awards of $1,000 each will also be awarded. Funds are to be used at the artist’s discretion with no follow-up material required. Graduate school candidates are eligible as well as emerging, mid-career and mature artists. Added 9/15/2014
    Deadline: October 31, 2014
  • The sixth annual juried exhibition sponsored by Ice Cube Gallery, a contemporary artist-run gallery located in the River North Arts District of Denver, CO, has an open theme, and artists of every medium are encouraged to enter. Juror: Lauren Wright, curator and artistic director for the Biennial of the Americas, former curator at Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK. Added 8/20/2014
    Deadline: November 1, 2014
  • The 9th edition of Arte Laguna Prize is open for artists’ submissions in painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual and digital art. The contest features the awarding of cash prizes, the organization of a major collective exhibition in Venice, a number of personal exhibitions in art galleries worldwide, collaborations with companies, art residencies and the publication of an official catalogue. Its aim is to promote the artists and their careers by offering a range of opportunities for a total amount of €180,000. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: November 6, 2014
  • 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 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country, where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. We now offer four live/work spaces. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 28, 2014
  • ArtCenter/South Florida’s Studio Residency Program is ideal for artists who are committed to experimentation and innovation, seeking artistic and professional development, and are interested in being a part of and contributing to a dynamic community of local, national and international artists and creative thinkers. Added 8/14/2014
    Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • Bunnell Street Arts Center presents an Artist-in-Residence program for visiting artists from Alaska, the U.S. and around the world to create and share artwork that activates the arts center’s space and surrounding outdoor neighborhood sites. Bunnell’s Artist-in-Residence presents opportunities through art to explore creative placemaking, shared values and communal stewardship. Added 9/4/2014
    Deadline: October 1, 2014
  • 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
  • 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:

“DesignArts Utah ’14”

August 29 – October 17, 2014

An artist reception will be held on October 17, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Thirty-five designs were curated into the DesignArts Utah ’14 exhibit by Ellen Lupton, the senior curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. We encourage you to visit the Rio Gallery and see the work of some of Utah’s best professional and student designers from a wide variety of design media.

On October 17, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, we will be hosting a closing reception and celebration of design for the public, designers, friends and family in cooperation with Salt Lake Design Week, a yearly Salt Lake City celebration of design taking place October 13 – 18, 2014.

Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. We strive to help the citizens of Utah see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Statewide Annual — Utah ‘14: Painting & Sculpture: November 21 – January 9

Location & Hours

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

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

Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in March – July of 2015 will be accepted beginning July 7, 2014 and are due September 1, 2014. 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.

“Between Worlds”

September 19 to November 14, 2014

An opening reception will be held on September 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.

Bernard C. Meyers is a Utah-based contemporary artist and fine art photographer recognized internationally as a master printer, artist, photographer and teacher. Meyers’ passion for gardens and greenhouses is visualized in his distinctive images that combine man-made structures and screens with organic flora while exploring other realms of consciousness.

Meyers states, “The narrative here is about an elusive place, the vantage point between the world of our constructed socialized realities and everything else beyond. It is about a waking dream, a personal spiritual experience. This is about other realms of consciousness. Science, religion and philosophy all flirt with the idea that we function on more than one plane of existence simultaneously, and that acceptance alone opens the possibility of other worlds. My hope is that these photographs transcend the everyday, the documentary, to become something ripe with intrigue and mystery.”

Meyers’ prints are held in public, private and corporate collections nationwide, including the Portland Museum of Art and the State of New York. Meyers earned an MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology in traditional etching and stone lithography and a BFA in photography as a fine art. He has taught art and photography at the University of New England, the University of Southern Maine and the Maine Media Workshops.

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 March – July of 2015 will be accepted beginning July 7, 2014 and are due September 1, 2014. 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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Arts Ed & Learning

Kindred Spirits - Arts Ed & Learning GranteeArts education and learning are vital to the development of creative, well-rounded, independent thinkers. An ideal arts education curriculum for children and youth consists of the literary arts, dance, folk arts, theater, music, storytelling, media and visual arts in ongoing, sequential instruction from kindergarten through grade 12. Outside the classroom, arts learning takes place in after-school and community settings. Through arts education and learning, we aid in the nurturing of intelligent, capable, compassionate individuals who will be tomorrow’s artists, arts patrons, innovators, and creatives.

Utah State Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition

Click HERE to download the guidelines.

Click the red button to submit an entry.



Three grant categories are offered to artists, educators, schools and organizations in the area of arts education. To download guidelines and online application instructions, please click on the name of each grant.

  • Artists-in-Residence, in which schools and community groups are awarded an amount to bring in an artist for a two-week, three-week, or four-week residency.
  • Arts Education Projects, in which an amount is awarded to a school or community group to bring in artists and/or artistic companies for a project that may address a comprehensive theme, integrate with additional core subjects, extend throughout the year, include community partners or support innovative professional development for educators.
  • Teacher-Initiated Projects, in which an artist works one-on-one with a teacher to instruct the teacher in a specific art form. The emphasis is on the teacher’s growth in knowledge and skills in an art form of his/her choice. This experience does not require the teacher to apply this in the classroom; it supports personal growth in the arts.
  • Utah PTA Arts Education Grants, for first-time applicants. UDAM will work with the Utah PTA to award grants up to $500 for art programs in Utah schools sponsored by individual PTA units. These funds will match those the local PTA provides for enhancing art programs for students. More information to follow.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program LogoThe Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Art Works for Kids!, the Utah State Office of Education, and the Utah Parent Teacher Association, the Utah Arts Education Partnership (UAEP) is an operating alliance for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). This continuing  initiative, funded by the Utah Legislature, integrates quality arts education into the curriculum of Utah elementary schoolchildren by: funding the salaries of arts specialists to work side-by-side with classroom teachers and district arts coordinators to provide curriculum support and administrative coordination; promoting partnerships with universities to offer pre-service and professional development training; and providing one-time money to purchase equipment and art materials. The BTSALP is administered through the Utah State Office of Education.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud LogoThe National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Literature Program to support Poetry Out Loud, and 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.


Arts education offers many connections to resources for professional development offered through universities, school districts, arts companies and organizations of arts professionals. We also highlight links to toolkits, lesson plans, curriculum development and funding to help you strengthen your school arts programs.

Click HERE to access a statewide professional development calendar.

Click HERE to access “Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor,” a joint statement that asserts the importance of high-quality arts education. The statement urges public policy leaders to provide a systemic and rigorous arts education for all students by leveraging the expertise and experience of multiple partners, including certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators and community arts providers.

Teaching Artist Profiles

The artists on the Teaching Artist Roster represent creative writing,  dance,  folk, ethnic and traditional arts,  media arts, music, theatre, storytelling, and visual arts. All artists on this roster have been officially approved by peer panels for artistic and educational excellence, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Click HERE to find out more information about applying for the Teaching Artist Roster.

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Technical Assistance Outreach

Our staff is happy to provide technical assistance to schools and organizations interested in applying for grant funding, developing arts education plans for their sites, identifying potential artists, locating resources, and obtaining guidance on how to inform stakeholders about the importance of arts education. Please call 801.533.5760 to schedule an appointment.

Traveling Exhibitions Program

Traveling exhibitions are a collaborative partnership with Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools. These exhibitions are taken on tour around the state with accompanying educational materials. The exhibitions provide public access to quality visual arts, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities. Exhibitions are available to schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and community and cultural centers in Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Arts Education program.

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