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Applications Open For $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowships

gilbert-vicario_28-printThe Utah Division of Arts & Museums will award two $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowships to support the careers of professional artists who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication.

Interested artists can apply for the fellowship beginning Jan. 1, 2017, with a deadline of Feb. 1, 2017. Guidelines found here (PDF).

Artists will be chosen by juror Gilbert Vicario, the Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum. Prior to joining the Phoenix Art Museum in 2015, he was senior curator and division head for curatorial affairs at the Des Moines Art Center for six years.

Vicario has extensive international experience organizing exhibitions that present artwork from around the globe. He has a passion for exploring links between historical works and contemporary art and an interest in Latin American and Latino Art. He holds a Masters in curatorial studies from Bard College.

“We’re encouraged by Gilbert’s background and familiarity with both historical and contemporary works, as well as a regional understanding of artists in the West. He will be an excellent fit for judging the diversity of Utah artists,” Visual Arts Manager Felicia Baca said. “We have a great sense of pride in our Utah artists and remain committed to supporting their work.”

Utah Arts & Museums is the oldest publicly funded state arts agency in the nation, with a tradition of recognition and support for individual artists. This tradition continues each year through the Visual Arts Fellowship Program.

For application and full guidelines visit visualarts.utah.gov. For more information please contact Felicia Baca, Visual Arts Manager at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums by phone (801.245.7272) or email (fbaca@utah.gov).