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Grant Applications Available for Arts Projects & Organizations – 6 April 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Applications are now available for nonprofit museums and arts organizations throughout Utah. Last year over $1.2 million was granted to Utah’s art and museum nonprofits through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums grants program. Deadline is May 29, 2015.

“It is exciting to see how organizations can leverage small grants to make a big difference in the community,” says Lynnette Hiskey, Utah Arts & Museums Director. “We’re pleased to offer this funding to help arts organizations reach their broader goals.”

The two grants that are currently open for application are: Arts Organization Capacity Building and Arts Project. These grants will range in awards between $500 to $2,500. Grant guidelines are available at Applications will be reviewed by panels of peers in the field and approved by the Utah Arts & Museums’ Advisory Board.

For more information, please contact Laurel Cannon Alder at or  801.236.7550.

Art Selection Committee Seeking Public Art for new USU Campus in Brigham City – 6 April 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and Utah State University Brigham City, has published a call for letters of interest and qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in creating public art for the inaugural building of the new USU Brigham City campus.

The deadline for receipt of material from interested artists is May 22, 2015, 5 p.m. MST. Artists may submit qualifications online at The Art Selection Committee hopes to commission a public art installation(s) that shares a reverence and desire to honor the natural environment and human history of this part of Northern Utah.

“Our Public Art Program is one of our division’s most visible outreach programs, with artwork by world-renowned artists and designers installed in public buildings across the entire state” says Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “It’s always a thrill to see these projects come together.”

The Public Art Program was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985 with the passage of the Percent-for-Art-Act. This statute allows for 1 % of construction costs for new or remodeled State facilities to be added to the project for the commissioning or acquisition of art that is site specific to the facility and community. To date, over 220 works have been placed in State facilities statewide. For more information visit the public art page found under programs at or contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271, or Felicia Baca at or 801-245-7272.

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

Poetry Out Loud – Students Compete to Represent Utah at National Poetry Competition – 3 March 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the state finals for Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The state finals will be held on March 11, at 7 p.m., in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts at Westminster College. This event is free and open to the public. The student champion will go to Washington, D.C., April 28-29 to represent Utah at nationals and compete to win a $20,000 scholarship. This year marks Poetry Out Loud’s 10th anniversary, having reached over 2.7 million students at more than 9,500 schools nationwide in the past decade.

Approximately 40 high schools around the state participated in Poetry Out Loud activities (some schools included the entire student body) and competed in school and regional competitions. Regional competitions were held in Brigham City, Centerville, Gunnison, Provo, Roosevelt, St. George, Salt Lake City and South Jordan.

On March 11, students will recite works they selected from an anthology of nearly 600 classic and contemporary poems. The following students will compete in the finals:

Jensen Martin of Bingham High School, South Jordan
Sadie Merkley of Box Elder High School, Brigham City
Marrisa Konkol of DaVinci Academy, Ogden
Olivia Garcia of Dixie High School, St. George
Devin Glenn of Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy, Lindon
Alesha Hurst of North Sanpete High School, Mt. Pleasant
Bella Canada of Treasure Mountain Junior High School, Park City
Sam Eddington of Union High School, Roosevelt

“Poetry Out Loud is one of the highlights of the year for us at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums” says Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey. “These high school students never disappoint in their ability to amaze the judges and the audience. Recognizing their achievements and seeing where they take their talents after high school is incredibly rewarding and their success is not only a credit to them, but also the dedicated educators in Utah.”

The evening will be emceed by KUED’s Ken Verdoia. There will also be an appearance by Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen, local rock band Color Animal and student poetry readings by Justin Kennington.

Utah has had five finalists in the national top ten. Last year, state champion Ashlei Havili of American Fork High School represented Utah at the national finals. In 2012, senior MarKaye Hassan of Logan High School took third place in the national finals and received a $5,000 award. She was also invited to return to Washington, D.C., to recite at the National Book Festival and will also judge this year’s state competition. In 2008, Skyline High School senior Madison Niermeyer also placed third at the national competition and received a $5,000 scholarship award. Niermeyer was contacted by noted Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti to congratulate her on her recitation of his poem I Am Waiting.

The 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be at the Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, April 29 (semifinals will take place on April 28). The semifinals and finals will be webcast live at

Alice Gallery Presents New Work by Utah Artists in “Other Places” – 2 March 2015

SALT LAKE CITY —The Utah Division of Arts & Museums announces an exhibition entitled “Other Places” on display at the Alice Gallery from March 13-May 8, 2015. An opening reception will be held on April 17, from 6-9 p.m. during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Becoming familiar with our surroundings is one of our most primal urges as human beings.  There is a deep-seated desire to have an understanding and sense of place.  From the intimate space of the house to the expansive space of the landscape, we are keenly aware of our physical spatial realities.  The longing to investigate place occurs at every scale and is transcendent of culture. Through this exhibition artists Anna Laurie Mackay, Meredith Prévot and Jean Richardson explore the concept of place and, more specifically, the notion of “Other Places”.  As each of us are residents of Utah, we have strong influences from “this place,” but we are also bringing our individual experiences of living and traveling elsewhere to create our separate bodies of work for this exhibition.

Mackay’s work investigates emotional, psychological and physical relationships with place, and more specifically with landscape. The locations she depicts relate to the Midwestern landscape, and focus on the disconnect of becoming a transplant from the West to the Midwest.

Prévot’s paintings are explorations in the interaction of colors and patterns, and investigate a personal longing to understand places and cultures she has experienced. Textile design and decorative patterning are influences in her work.

Richardson is influenced and inspired by her experiences living in different climates and cultures. Richardson makes collections of objects, which she finds ignite as sense of comfort and wonder, or trigger memory. She reconfigures these objects into her sculptures and installations. Richardson is interested in depicting a poetic geography of place; her works explore the region between place and culture, between environment and imagination.

“We’re lucky to have these artists from such diverse backgrounds living and producing work here in Utah” says Utah Arts & Museum’s Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Their stories of other places and cultures are an important part of the artistic fabric of Utah.”

“Collective Experience” Brings Ecology of Talent to the Rio Gallery – 27 Feb. 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition Collective Experience in the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City. Artists include Joey Behrens, Sandy Brunvand, Stefanie Dykes, Michael Handley, Jenevieve Hubbard, Satu Hummasti, Beth Krensky, Colin Ledbetter, Dawn Oughton, Suzanne Simpson and Jim Frazier, Heidi Somsen, Amie Tullius, and Lucia Volker.

Counter to the idea of the sole creative genius, the exhibiting artists subscribe to the idea of musician Brian Eno, who refers to a place in time where the intelligence of a whole group of people creates an “ecology of talent” that produces new thoughts and good new works. “Scenius” is Eno’s term for this scene of the collective experience. It is an experimental environment that leads to a very fertile and intelligent output.

Five years ago, over 80 individuals, including local artists, University of Utah educators, students, and Salt Lake City community leaders participated in Ernesto Pujol’s group performance presented at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah. Awaiting, was a 12-hour meditative walking performance that lasted from sunset to sunrise, creating an ephemeral field for individual reflections on regional and personal themes.

Collective Experience at the Rio Gallery will highlight Eno’s idea of the collective inventive nature of the creative process. There is a clear connection between the “awaiting” experience and the subsequent artwork produced. You will encounter conceptual themes of walking, gender roles, embodiment, the gestural, site-specificity and notions of waiting in each of these art works.

“We are delighted about the concept of this exhibition” says Utah Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey; “the idea that a group of artists have come together to examine and contemplate a shared experience over time is truly an exciting prospect and fertile ground for the production of excellent work.”

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from March 20 – April 29, 2015. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. An artist reception will be held on March 20, from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.

Winning Utah Student Artists to Exhibit Work at Utah Capitol – 11 Feb 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty-six 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. 17, 2015 at 10:15 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 art work with images of the Utah State Capitol in “celebration of Utah’s beautiful capitol 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, Zions Bank, TAGA Corporation, Utah State Senate, Artworks for Kids, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.

“We were pleased with the amount of participation in this special art competition” says Utah Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey. “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 2015 Utah Legislative Session. The 1st place art work, Capitol Hill, a framed watercolor by Alyssa Bowman of Olympus High School in Granite 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, Box Elder, Cache, Canyons, Davis, Emery, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Juab, Murray, Nebo, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, San Juan, Washington, Weber School districts, charter and private schools participated – a total of 195 students from 20 of the 41 school districts.

The student winners are:
1st Place – Granite School District, Olympus High School – Alyssa Bowman

2nd Place – North Sanpete School District, North Sanpete High School – Keena Kleven

3rd Place – Salt Lake City School District, West High School – Chloe Kauffman

Honorable Mentions:
Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School -Thomas Bastian
Granite School District, Cottonwood High School -Jessica Findlay
Iron School District, Cedar High School – Andrew Marchant
Davis School District, Sunset Jr. High – Madison Hawkins
Jordan School District, Bingham High School – Jeffrey Wang
Juan Diego Catholic High School, Sarah Liebrecht
Washington School District, Snow Canyon Middle School – Emily Schumacher
Emery County School District, Emery High School – Chase Fausett
Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School -Madeline Reinhard
Weber School District, Bonneville High School -Jessica L Moore
Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School – Rachel Miner
Granite School District, Skyline High School – Rebekah Ji Won Moon
Provo School District, Provo High School – Jennifer Spong
Davis School District, Woods Cross High School -McKenna Jensen
Paradigm High School, – Audrie Barlow
Juab School District, Juab High School – Kathryn Reese
Canyons School District, Hillcrest High School – Caroline-Anne Hollow
Davis School District, Bountiful High School – Ian Briggs
Murray School District, Murray High School – Mackenzie L Freeman
Beaver County School District, Beaver High School – Macayla Elwell
San Juan School District, San Juan High School – Isabelle Burge
Jordan School District, Bingham High School – Darcy Christiansen
Box Elder School District, Box Elder High School – Megan Davis

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

Utah Arts & Museums Re-launches Bite-Size Poetry Project – 4 Feb

SALT LAKE CITY — After a three-year hiatus, Utah Arts & Museums’ Literary Arts program is re-launching its Bite-Size Poetry project. The project features notable Utah poets reciting short poems they’ve written. TWIG Media Lab has created videos of the recitations, and a video will be released each month throughout 2015.

In January, Rob Carney read “What Any Stone Can Tell You.” Carney, a professor in the English department at Utah Valley University, is the author of three books and three chapbooks of poems, most recently Story Problems (Somondoco Press, 2011) and Home Appraisals (Plan B Press, 2012). He is the winner of the 2014 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation Poetry Prize and the 2013 Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, Redactions, Sugar House Review, and dozens of other journals, as well as in the anthology Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton, 2006).

You can view Rob Carney’s Bite-Size video on YouTube.

February’s poet is Star Coulbrooke reading “Sky’s the Limit.” Coulbrooke teaches in the English department at Utah State University, where she directs the USU Writing Center and teaches writing workshops. She also coordinates Helicon West, a Cache Valley open readings/featured readers series. Her poems have been published in Poetry International, Ellipsis, Hunger Magazine, and others. Coulbrooke co-authored a chapbook, Logan Canyon Blend (Blue Scarab Press, 2003), with the late Kenneth W. Brewer, former Utah Poet Laureate.

Watch Star Coulbrooke’s Bite-Size video on YouTube.

“We’re thrilled to be reinstating our Bite-Size Poetry project,” says Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “It was the brainchild of former Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, and our current Poet Laureate, Lance Larsen, was one of our original Bite-Size Poets in 2009. It’s a wonderful way to infuse a little poetry into everyday life.”

To see videos of past Bite-Size Poets, visit our YouTube channel. For more information about the Literary Arts program, contact Alyssa Hickman Grove, or 801.236.7548.

Utah Artists Exploring Outside of Utah in the Alice Gallery – 22 Jan 2015

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Arts & Museums announces a new exhibition featuring work from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection. “Utah Artists Elsewhere” will be on display at the Alice Gallery from Jan. 23 – March 6, 2015.

This exhibition features selected works by Utah artists interpreting non-Utah places and things. “Utah artists, like any other, travel the world and the Fine Art Collection reflects that” explains Collections Manager Jim Glenn. “It is interesting to see the artist’s interpretation of the world through their work and think about how much, if any, being a Utahn influences that interpretation.”

This exhibition includes its earliest work from the 1930s and spans through the end of the 20th Century.

Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey says, “The career trajectory of Utah artists is a fascinating story. Many of our artists traveled abroad and some were fortunate to study with some of the most famous artists the world had to offer. From destinations like Chicago, New York, Paris, Italy; to studying at some of the most reputable art colleges and academies; earning the most sought after scholarships; and exhibiting at the largest national and international art fairs; Utah artists have offered an immense contribution on an international scale, while enriching the local landscape in an invaluable way.”

One of the works, Fanongo Kia Hiko by Brigham Young University professor Joseph Ostraff, was created as a result of one of his many visits to Tonga. “While living on the island of Foa in Tonga, my family and I met Hiko, a nobleman from the neighboring island of Kau Vai” recalls Ostraff.  “He was the living heir from a family line with the ability to call in schools of skipjack tuna. While we were there, Hiko went out into the bay and called in the fish. Both our villages ate tuna for weeks to come. There were several ‘tapu’ associated with the event. The most significant condition being that all the fish caught must be shared among the people and not sold for profit. This painting is about the movement from myth to belief founded in shared experience. Going abroad has enabled me to return to Utah and to appreciate the diversity found in my own backyard.​”

Other artists include: James Taylor Harwood, Francis L. Horspool, Edward Maryon, Rosalind Newmark, JH Stansfield, Florence E. Ware, along with many others. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Alice Gallery is located in the Glendinning Mansion, located at 617 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City.

Fellowship Retrospective Exhibition at the Rio Gallery – 2 Jan 2015

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.