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Two Utah Artists Awarded the Utah Arts & Museums 2015 Visual Arts Fellowship – 11 March 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is proud to announce its two $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients for 2015: Daniel Everett of Provo and Hyunmee Lee, of Highland City, UT. This year’s Juror, Cameron Martin, is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Martin 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 and is exhibited internationally.

“After perusing the broad array of styles and approaches presented by the applicants for this year’s Utah Arts and Museums Visual Art Fellowship, I have chosen two recipients who come from distinct parts of the artistic spectrum” says Martin. “While it would be an exaggeration to suggest that their vastly divergent approaches and concerns are somehow representative of the diversity inherent to Utah’s visual art community, I do think their selection points to the range of dispositions from which one can produce potent artwork at this particular moment in time.”

Martin explains, “Daniel Everett’s work is generated from the ordering principles and technologics of advanced capitalism. He smartly calls attention to the objective residue left in the wake of a culture driven by the promulgation of progress at any cost. His work employs the aseptic patina of 21st century quotidian aesthetics in the service of accenting the ever-present uncanny of our era.  The work is formally sophisticated, wry and disquieting. Everett’s understanding of conceptual precedent and self-reflexivity bolster his impressive contribution to the field of critical art.  Hyunmee Lee’s work is predicated on the act of extemporaneous gesture as an evocation of affect. Influenced by Taoism and Buddhism, she is concerned with principles of immediacy, harmony, balance and connectedness. Her painted compositions are at times playful and at others filled with pathos. The paintings adroitly situate themselves between multiple traditions of abstraction and work to conjure an emotional realm just outside the confines of language. Her assiduous practice has allowed her to produce work that embodies her intentions with supple dexterity.”

“First, I want to express my gratitude to juror Cameron Martin who selected me, to fellow artists who have been supportive of my work, and to the Utah Division of Arts & Museums for awarding this fellowship” says Lee. “It will allow me to travel and expose myself to my heritage which is basic to my work. I feel that travel is a powerful influence for my personal development as an artist, and this year and next, I will be visiting specific villages in Korea to help better understand my origins, my place in the world, and to appreciate the privileges I possess. Exposure to other cultures and the great works of art they produce has a profound effect on how I approach my work in the studio.” Everett adds, “It really is an honor and quite a shock. Right now I’m in the middle of preparing two separate bodies of work for exhibition and this fellowship will be a huge help in realizing some of the more ambitious elements. I think what Utah Arts & Museums does for artists is incredible and I’m extremely grateful to be a recipient.”

“We are delighted in Cameron’s selections for this year’s fellows” says Lynnette Hiskey, Utah Arts & Museums director. “These artists are making important contributions to our culture by facilitating critical dialog and understanding about the world through the visual arts.”

Felicia Baca, who administers the fellowship program adds, “Their contributions resonate on many levels; the fellows often bring important national attention to our state adding to the cultural vitality of Utah which has implications for education, economics, and an engaged citizenry.”  More information on the artists and the Visual Arts Fellowship Program can be found at http://visualartsfellowship.org