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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.

2018 Visual Art Fellows

Read the Juror’s Statement

Lenka Konopasek
Salt Lake City, UT

Lenka Konopasek was born in the Czech Republic where she attended School of Applied Arts in Prague. After immigrating to the United States, she received BFA degree from University of Utah and MFA degree from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She attended artist residencies in Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Art Institute and Little Falls, Minnesota. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally. She also completed several large public art projects in Utah. Her work has been featured in the New American Painting, Studio Visit Magazine and in other publications. Lenka has been involved in co-owning an art gallery in Salt Lake City and Denver, and working for the Salt Lake Art Center, Visual Art Institute and Utah Arts Festival. Konopasek currently teaches studio art at the University of Utah and Westminster College.

D. McGarren Flack
St. George, UT

D. McGarren Flack was introduced to art at Utah Valley University while striving to obtain his prerequisites for medical school. After taking the drawing class his life’s focus changed to creating art. He started painting fall 2002 at Brigham Young University in the Illustration program and earned his BFA in 2005. Flack was then accepted into the Masters of Fine Art program at the University of Utah and graduated in 2008. Since that time he has painted full time and is now currently an Assistant Professor at Dixie State University along with being an active Paramedic.

2018 Visual Art Fellowship Juror

Janet Dees is the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University. Prior to her appointment at the Block in September 2015, she was curator at SITE Santa Fe, where she had held various curatorial positions since 2008.  Dees was apart of the curatorial team for the inaugural SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas biennial, and has curated exhibitions and produced new commissions with a wide variety of artists including Kristine Aono, Jamison Chas Banks, Gregory Crewdson, Amy Cutler, Leonardo Drew, Shan Goshorn, Deborah Grant, Ann Hamilton, Harmony Hammond, Samantha Hill, Linda Mary Montano, McCallum & Tarry, Sarah Oppenheimer, Mary Reid Kelley, Dario Robleto, Rose B. Simpson and Marie Watt among others. Her writing has been featured in publications for SITE Santa Fe, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and Radius Books, among others. She earned a B.A. from Fordham University in Art History & African-American Studies, and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Delaware.

2018 Fellowship Guidelines

Past Recipients 1986-2017

Fellowship Video Profiles

In partnership with “Artists of Utah-15 Bytes,” we have 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.


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