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Arts and Museums Arts Education Grants Available for Schools and School Districts – 10 Feb 2016

SALT LAKE CITY—Utah Arts & Museums is pleased to announce that two Arts Education grants are available for eligible schools and school districts across the state: Artist-in-Residence and Arts Education Project Grants. Last year, UA&M granted over $65,000 in Arts Education grants. The application deadline is Mar. 18, 2016.

Arts Education grants provide funding for a school or school district to implement arts education initiatives. The grant provides funding for an in-depth, fine arts standards-based experience that engages students and classroom teacher(s) in quality arts instruction.

Teacher Initiated Project (TIP) grants are also available for individual teachers. TIP grants of $500 provide opportunities for teachers or administrators to gain knowledge and skills in an artistic discipline of their choice. There is a rolling deadline for this opportunity.

“Arts learning supports all the qualities that the workforce seeks – creativity, innovation, empathy, collaboration – and the capacity to communicate meaning in a variety of ways,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson, “In 2015 arts education grants reached across the state to students and families from Dutch John to Montezuma Creek, and Midvale to Spanish Fork and Cedar City. We look forward to seeing what these communities will achieve with these grant funds.”

Grants are competitive and reviewed by a peer community panel. For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact our office at 801.236. 7547. Application and guidelines are online and may be accessed through

Winning Utah Student Artists to Exhibit Work at Utah Capitol – 8 Feb 2016

Twenty-one high school students will be given awards to celebrate their participation in the Utah Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition on the floor of the Senate, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Each student will be presented their awards by their state senator. The event is in conjunction with Arts Day on the Hill.

Students were invited to submit artwork with images of the architectural features of the Utah State Capitol “in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Capitol Rotunda building and in salute to the Utah Legislature working on behalf of Utah citizens.” The competition, an initiative of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, is sponsored by the President’s office, the Utah State Senate, Art Works for Kids, 1-800-Contacts, Comcast, Zion’s Bank, KeyBank and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

“We were pleased with the amount of participation in this special art competition” said Utah Arts & Museums director Gay Cookson. “Arts Day on the Hill is the perfect platform to showcase the bright and talented high school students in Utah and how the arts are an important part of their education.”

The winning art work will be exhibited on the third floor corridor of the Capitol through the 2016 Utah Legislative Session. The 1st place art work, Different Eyes, Different Minds, by Christopher Gustman of Timpanogos High School in Alpine School District, will remain permanently in the Utah Senate suite.

Scholarship awards of $5,000, $3,000, $1,000, $500 and $300 will be deposited into accounts for the students at the Utah Educational Savings Plan.

Students from Alpine, Beaver, Cache, Canyons, Davis, Grand, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Juab, Morgan, North Sanpete, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, San Juan, Tooele, Washington, Weber School districts, charter and private schools participated – a total of 93 students from  19 of the 41 school districts.

The student winners are:

1st Place – Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School – Christopher Gustman

2nd Place – Cache County School District, Mountain Crest High School – Ivy Rich

3rd Place – Granite School District, Skyline High School – Rebekah Moon

Honorable Mentions:

Alpine School District, Lone Peak High School – Morgan MacLean

Davis School District, Viewmont High School – Jessica Whitten

Davis School District, Davis High School – Shantel Chen

Iron County School District, Cedar High School – Andrew Marchant

Weber School District, Bonneville High School – Olivia Nichols

Granite School District, Cottonwood High School – Mariam Kergaye

Weber School District, Bonneville High School – Alexander Gott

Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School – Kenneth Gonzalez

Canyons School District, Hillcrest High School – Susanna Tang

Grand County School District, Grand County High School – Mandolin Wilkinson

Juab School District, Juab High School – Eliza Bonzo

Logan, Fast Forward Charter High School – Megan May

Beaver School District, Beaver High School – Kelzey Jessup

Canyons School District, Hillcrest High School – Hongying Alana Liu

Granite School District, Skyline High School – Aidan Mock

North Sanpete School District, North Sanpete High School – Taylor Lee

Provo School District, Provo High School – Julia Peterson

Layton, Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science – Madison Hawkins

Arts Day on the Hill is an event administered by the Utah Cultural Alliance and cosponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Art Works for Kids. The day will be filled with art-making, entertainment and networking for Utah’s arts communities and their legislators.

Mountain West Arts Conference 2015 Archive

2015 Conference Photos

Click on the image below to see an album of photos from the 2015 conference. 

All GLAA winners crop


Utah Arts & Museums Facebook Photos

2015 Post-Conference Resources

State of the Arts Morning Presentation

Awake in the Arts: Mindfulness, Wisdom & Compassion – Dennise Gackstetter

Awake in the Arts Handout

New Models for Funding – Fraser Nelson



Instructions for Receiving Feedback Handout

Volunteers: How to Keep Them Coming Back for More! – LaDawn Stoddard


Volunteer Motivation Handout

Using Futures Thinking to Navigate Ongoing Change – Lisa Ericksen


Foresight Handout

The Creative Age: Flourishing Across the Spectrum of Aging – Ken Crossley, Greg Finch


A Close-Up Look at Design in Everyday ___ Experience – Robin Peng


Low & No-Cost Tools to Maximize Your Marketing – Sara Kelly Neal


Thank you to our 2015 conference sponsors:

Support for student and educator scholarships
Support for individual artist scholarships

 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients were honored on May 7, 2015 in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards were presented by Julie Fisher, Executive Director of the Department of Heritage and Arts.

Governor Gary R. Herbert sent his congratulations to the 2015 recipients in a video message.

Utah Museum Directory

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums invites you to discover Utah’s museums through a variety of exhibits and programs our museums have to offer. Over 260 Utah museums offer you a rich and diverse experience in a wide range of subjects, from art, culture, and history to science, botanical gardens, and zoos. This directory has divided Utah Museums into six regions with cities listed
alphabetically in each region:

Wasatch Front
West Desert

Click the image below to access the 2015 Utah Museum Directory

Museum Directory


New Exhibition at the Alice Gallery Explores History of Agriculture through Historical and Contemporary Landscapes – 6 Jan 2016

SALT LAKE CITY —The Utah Division of Arts & Museums presents Cultivate, an exhibition on display at the Alice Gallery from Jan. 22 – Mar. 4, 2016.

Cultivate highlights agrarian landscapes as subject matter, and importantly includes works that draw attention to the water sources upon which those landscapes are conditional. Many works portray some of the most critical water sources in Utah and the west; the Colorado, Green, and Virgin Rivers, as well as local water sources that were essential to inhabit the Salt Lake Valley. Cultivate includes works from the State of Utah Fine Art and Folk Art Collection dating from 1904-2013.

In addition to the traditional and stunning pastoral scenes found in the collection, many of these landscapes also harken to the important role that extensive irrigation and cultivation played in the settling and habitation of the Salt Lake Valley. Cottonwood Creek by Gordon Cope illustrates one of the most important water sources that sustained development short after settlement by Pioneers. Other works, such as Navajo Cow Sculpture by Mary Jim, allude to locales and populations that predate pioneers settling the valley.

Much of the artwork depicts bucolic scenes, while others suggest or address issues related to the environment and the pastoral. Adam Bateman’s Glen Canyon is a conspicuous imposition on the landscape, while others such as Fred Eugene Wright’s photograph, Pleasant Creek #1, documents a dried-up creek bed in an area where agrarian practices are plentiful despite Utah being amongst the driest states in the nation. Cecil Smith’s Desert Farms depicts lush rolling hills, but reminds us that this farm exists on the precipice of a desert cliff.

“Utah’s landscape has always been a central point of inspiration for our artists” said Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson, “but this exhibition also points at an important part of Utah’s history that continues to be a conversation around important issues of our day.”

This exhibition features painting, photography, sculptural and textile works by Utah artists including

Adam Bateman, Gordon Cope, Edwin Evans, Mary Jim, Jason Metcalf, Jeffrey Pugh, Tom Till, Mary Kimball, Blanche Wilson, Mahonri Macintosh Young, and others. The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please visit

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders – 31 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards. Four awards are given annually in conjunction with Utah Arts and Museums’ Mountain West Arts Conference. This year the conference will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts were established in 1980 to recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Utah. In 2007, the awards adapted to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts. Today, the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recognizes those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state. “We have recognized an incredible variety of talent over the years through this award, and the amount of work and leadership coming out of communities across Utah continues to astound me,” said Gay Cookson, director of Utah Arts & Museums. “We look forward to hearing from Utahns across the state who wish to nominate an arts leader that has created a meaningful impact.”

Last year, the awards went to Plan-B Theatre Company for organization leadership, Carrie Trenholm for education leadership, Epicenter in Green River for local arts agency leadership, and Kathy Cieslewicz for individual leadership.

Nomination forms can be found at under the events tab and submitted via email to Kirsten Darrington, Assistant Director of Utah Arts & Museums.

The deadline for submission is Feb. 15, 2016.

Rio Gallery’s Raw and Cooked Explores the Relationship between Culture and Nature – 28 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY —Raw and Cooked, a new exhibition at the Rio Gallery will run Jan. 15th– March 11th, 2016. An artist reception will be held on Jan. 15, from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with Gallery Stroll. This exhibition explores the relationship between culture and nature, one of the oldest human tropes. In this recurring schism, humans believe ourselves to be of nature and, alternately, distinct from it. As we search texts and traditions to support either position, the persistence of the trope itself is underscored; it’s an impasse, shifting in form. It’s also an embrace of or a resistance to the natural world that produced us; from which we believe we stand apart.

In Raw and Cooked, artists Jim Jacobs, Joshua Winegar, and Paul Crow present work within this nature/culture dialectic. Jacobs begins with an ancient horticultural intervention, the graft, to focus our attention on a literal intersection of the natural and the human-made. Winegar takes on the natural world as a partner in a conversation with his psyche, alternately responding to, and intervening in, the world which surrounds him. Crow maps the span of his life onto the time frame of the human awareness of global climate change. Each artist begins with material that exists before agency and brings it through a process of intervention to manifest a hybrid: the artist in dialogue both with the world and without, and with an inner understanding of that world.

“These three artists tackle an age old topic with a new pair of eyes, lending a fresh perspective that asks the viewer to think critically about our place in the world. We look forward to sharing this with the arts community” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson.

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Additionally the Gallery is open in partnership with The Downtown Winter Farmers Market every other Saturday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. from Jan. 16 -April 23, 2016.

Utah Arts & Museums Announces Sustainability Grants – 23 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Arts & Museums announces Sustainability grants, available to nonprofit arts organizations across the state of Utah. Last year, UA&M granted over $900,000 in Sustainability grants. These grants were established to help nonprofit arts organizations provide high quality arts programming. Funding is for general operating expenses. These funds may go towards staff salaries, professional development, board training, and general program development, among other things. The application deadline is Feb. 12, 2016.

“Utah arts organizations provide a tremendous asset to our communities, and to our quality of life,” said Gay Cookson, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “. Our sustainability grant gives arts organizations the financial support to cultivate and grow their artistic programming and services in order to achieve their mission. We are proud to offer this funding opportunity to ensure continued success for arts organizations throughout the state.”

For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact the Grants Manager, Laurel Cannon Alder at 801.236.7550, or the Community Arts Specialist, Hilary Amnah at 801.236.7544. Guidelines and applications are online and may be accessed through For guidelines and more information on these grants, please visit

Rio & Alice Galleries Seek Exhibition Proposals from Artists across Utah – 22 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— The Rio and Alice galleries in Salt Lake City will be accepting proposals for exhibitions scheduled for July 2016 – Jan. 2017. Both galleries participate in the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and host public receptions on Gallery Stroll evenings. Proposals from artists, arts organizations, and independent curators are welcome; these include both solo exhibitions and small group shows of two to eight artists, or larger curated/juried exhibits. Applications open Jan. 1, 2016 and are due Feb. 1, 2016.

The Rio & Alice Galleries are a program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “We are proud to offer these galleries as a free venue to Utah artists,” said Gay Cookson, Director of Arts & Museums. “In 2015 we exhibited the work of over 215 artists and we look forward to seeing new artists to our venues in this coming year.” Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. Exhibitions have been a program of the state since 1899.

Utah artist Namon Bills stated, “The Rio has a great variety of shows…It’s a large, beautiful space that rivals any in the state as an exhibition venue. It can accommodate large-scale shows that other venues simply cannot. Its position as a state-owned entity allows the Rio to be dedicated to artistic expression, without being concerned about sales or profit. This creates an invaluable opportunity to showcase quality artwork that may fall outside the traditional for-profit gallery model. This provides important opportunities for artists and educational opportunities for the viewing public as well.”

“I believe that these group exhibits have established me in the community as a serious and persistent artist” said Trent Alvey. “I owe the program a huge debt of gratitude for transitioning me into receiving grants from other agencies and helping me to create a market among individual art collectors, as well as establishing me in other local galleries.”

To submit a proposal for exhibition visit and download guidelines in the Galleries section. Stipends are available to assist in the production of the exhibit.

Utah Arts & Museums Announces Local Arts Agency Grants – 21 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Arts & Museums announces Local Arts Agency grants, available to designated organizations meeting the artistic and cultural needs of their community. Last year, UA&M granted over $100,000 in Local Arts Agency funds. These grants provide general operating support to ensure that the cultural, civic, educational, and economic benefits of the arts are accessible to every community in the state. Local Arts Agencies can be nonprofit or local government organizations. These grants require that organizations to have a current Local Arts Agency Designation Agreement with their city or county municipality. The application deadline is February 26, 2016. Grant requests can be up to $15,000.

“Local Arts Agencies provide essential services to communities throughout the state” said Gay Cookson, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “This funding opportunity empowers Local Arts Agencies to cultivate and support a variety of community-level arts initiatives including arts education programs, stewarding a community’s art collection, running a cultural facility, and re-granting, among other activities and services. As Utah’s State Arts Agency, we are proud to offer this important funding to support community arts.”

For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact the Grants Manager, Laurel Cannon Alder at 801.236.7550, or the Community Arts Specialist, Hilary Amnah at 801.236.7544. Guidelines and applications are online and may be accessed through For guidelines and more information on these grants, please visit