The Utah Division of Arts & Museums will honor past visual arts fellowship winners in an exhibition entitled “Next: 12 Visual Art Fellows.” The exhibition highlights the work of twelve recent visual arts fellows beginning in 2009. It will be on display at the Rio Gallery from Jan. 16 – March 13, 2015.
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, and David Wolske. Division Director, Lynnette Hiskey explains, “This exhibition provides a snapshot of visual arts excellence occurring in Utah. We’re proud to have these artists call Utah home while making valuable contributions to the art world on a national stage.”
Al Denyer (Salt Lake City) was awarded the Visual Arts Fellowship in 2011. She says, “I feel the Fellowship has helped to further my career in numerous ways. I used the award to fund the rental of a much-needed larger studio space. I was able to work on a series of large-scale artworks and create two new bodies of work, which have been widely exhibited in both national and international exhibitions.”
Currently Utah Arts & Museums is awarding two $10,000 Fellowship Awards annually. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres are eligible. The next deadline for the Visual Arts Fellowship is February 2, 2015.