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Utah Arts & Museums Announces $10,000 Visual Artists Fellowship Deadline and Juror for 2016 – 18 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Division of Arts & Museums will award two $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowships to acknowledge and encourage the careers of professional artists who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication. Applications open Jan. 1, 2016 and are due Feb. 1, 2016.

Artists will be chosen by juror JoAnne Northrup. Northrup is the Director of Contemporary Art Initiatives at the Nevada Museum of Art. In 2011 Northrup was Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the ZKM Center for Art + Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. As Chief Curator (2008-2011) and Senior Curator (2001-2008) at the San Jose Museum of Art, she curated and authored the first nationally touring survey exhibitions and monographs on contemporary media artists Jennifer Steinkamp (2006) and Leo Villareal (2010). Northrup received a B.A. in Art History from the University of California Santa Barbara and an M.A. from the University of Southern California’s Art History/Museum Studies Program. She currently oversees the Nevada Museum of Art’s efforts to expand the contemporary collection and exhibition program, cultivates collectors and donors, and collaborates with her colleagues to organize the Nevada Museum of Art’s flagship triennial Art + Environment Conferences.

“Each year the remarkable and notable accomplishments of Utah’s visual artists bring national attention to the state for artistic achievement,” Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “It’s important for us to recognize and support these artists so they may continue their critical work of strengthening our communities and enhancing the quality of life in Utah.”

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

For more information please contact: Felicia Baca, Visual Arts Manager at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums by phone (801.245.7272) or email (