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Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders – 19 Dec 2014

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2015 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 7, 2015 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. “The amount of leadership and dedication in our communities is astounding” says Lynnette Hiskey, director of Utah Arts & Museums, “and we all benefit from their commitment to the arts.”

Last year, the awards went to the City of St. George, Spy Hop Productions, Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, and Shirley Ririe.

Nomination forms can be found online and submitted via email to Kirsten Darrington, Assistant Director of Utah Arts & Museums.

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2015.

Utah Division of Arts & Museums will award $10,000 to Visual Artists for Outstanding Work – 20 Dec 2014

Each year, Utah Arts & Museums recognizes the substantial contribution artists are making by offering a $10,000 fellowship award to two outstanding professional artists. Last year’s recipients were Wendy Wischer and David Wolske, both of Salt Lake City.

“Utah Arts & Museums has a mission to acknowledge and encourage the careers of Utah artists,” says Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Each year the remarkable and notable accomplishments of Utah’s visual artists bring national attention to the state for artistic achievement. It’s important to us to recognize and support these artists for their critical work.”

The artists are chosen by an esteemed juror, recognized for his/her accomplishments and accolades in the field of visual art. The juror for 2015 will be Cameron Martin. Cameron Martin is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings, drawings and printed works deal with the imaging of the natural world and have been shown internationally. In addition to solo shows at galleries in the United States, Japan and Europe, he has had one-person exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla.  He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and roundabout at the City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand, which traveled to the Tel Aviv Museum.  He 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, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Applying artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program. Applications are available on Jan. 1. 2015 and will be accepted through Feb. 2, 2015. Applications and guidelines available at

For more information please contact: Felicia Baca, Visual Arts Manager at 801.245.7272, or email

Exhibition at the Utah State Capitol Highlights the Work of Utah Women – 9 Dec 2014

“Women Artists of Utah” celebrates a selection of remarkable works by Utah women. Women have always been active and essential participants in our cultural heritage. This exhibit includes a variety of works, from early Utah masters to present-day emerging and established artists who have contributed to Utah’s rich artistic history. The breadth of work on view showcases a spectrum of artistic styles, from the collection’s inception in 1899 to work being produced by Utah’s contemporary women artists. “Women have always played an important role in the arts; especially in Utah as Alice Merrill Horne, who once elected to the legislature in 1899, established what is now the Utah Division of Arts & Museums” says Utah Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey. “We are proud to own so many important works of art by Utah’s talented women.” The exhibition will be on display in the Utah State Capitol Building Dec. 23 – Mar. 13, 2015 on the fourth floor gallery.

One of those talented women is Susan Makov. “I have had great teaching colleagues and wonderful artist friends. There has never been a question of their talent or passion for their work. But of course passion alone does not make a career; there must be opportunity as well,” says Makov. “In large cities like New York, one may find opportunities to show work at influential and eminent institutions like the Museum of Modern Art. I chose to teach as my main career, and Utah and the American West offered me great prospects on that path. I know that being a professional artist means perseverance and dedication to the calling over decades and making a living doing it, like any other professional.”

Keisha Goeckeritz, whose piece Scribbles No. 10 was just purchased in 2013 when she was a student, will also be featured in this exhibit.  “I’ve always thought of myself as any other person that’s an artist, but there’s this worry that women artists tend to forfeit their abilities to obscurity.” Goeckeritz continues, “To me, being an artist isn’t a career, it’s what I am.”

If you have questions about this exhibit or the State of Utah Fine Art Collection, please contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Emily Johnson 801.363.0298

Utah Southwest Applied Technology College Seeking Artists to Create Artwork for New Allied Health Technology Building on SWATC Campus

The Division of Arts & Museums Public Art Program, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and Utah Southwest Applied Technology College, has published a call for letters of interest and qualifications from resident Utah artists or artist teams interested in creating public art for the new Allied Health Technology Building on the Southwest Applied Technology Campus in Cedar City, Utah.

The Art Selection Committee intent is to commission a public art installation(s) that honors and/or draws inspiration from the college’s technical education programs and the students it serves. The new building addition to the SWATC campus will house programs in welding, manufacturing, culinary arts, healthcare, and industrial maintenance, while continuing to build on expansive education and job skill training. “Public art is such an integral part of our communities here in Utah,” says Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We look forward to the innovative ideas artists will undoubtedly bring to this committee. Having artists involved early in the process makes for an exciting and meaningful collaboration.”

The full description and how to apply is at Interested artists must apply by 5 p.m. MST, Feb. 9, 2015. Artists may submit qualifications online at

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 230 works have been placed in State facilities statewide. For more information visit or contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272.

Utah Arts & Museums Seeking Artists to Create Artwork for the University of Utah’s Oral Health Science Building

The Division of Arts & Museums’ Public Art Program, in association with The University of Utah School of Dentistry is currently seeking artists or artist teams to create public art for the new Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Art Selection Committee for this project believes site specific public art for the facility can be an important part of the inspiration and stimulus for clinical excellence, educational pursuit, research and discovery for staff, students and visitors. “Utah Arts & Museums is honored to be working in partnership with the community at the University of Utah in helping coordinate site specific art work for this important new dental health facility,” says Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Involving artists in the creation of public space not only enhances the facility but deepens the experience of the place for staff, visitors and students.”

The full description and how to apply is at Interested artists must apply by 5 p.m. MST, Jan. 16, 2015. Artists may submit qualifications online at

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 230 works have been placed in State facilities statewide. For more information visit or contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272.

Rio and Alice Galleries Now Accepting Proposals for Exhibition – 4 Dec 2014

Utah Arts & Museums’ Rio and Alice galleries are now accepting proposals for visual art exhibitions in June-December of 2015. Proposals are due February 2, 2015. The Rio & Alice Galleries, in Salt Lake City, were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. Both galleries participate in the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and host public receptions on Gallery Stroll evenings.

We welcome proposals from artists, arts organizations, and independent curators. These include both solo exhibitions and small group shows of two to eight artists or larger curated/juried exhibits. All mediums are accepted and all work must be original. We recently received a large grant to purchase equipment aiding in the display of new media works including, video and audio and are excited about the possibilities this brings to the artists.

Exhibitions have been a program of the state since 1899. Utah Arts & Museums’ will have exhibited the work of over 125 Utah artists in 2014 as a part of this program. Director Lynnette Hiskey says, “Our program is unique in that not only do we just display the work of Utah artists, we provide professional development and assistance to artists for curation, coordination, artist statements, and exhibit installation. Providing these services from start-to-finish is an invaluable service to Utah artists.”

Says one local artist, “I believe that these group exhibits have established me in the community as a serious and persistent artist. I owe the program a huge debt of gratitude for 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.

Museum Grants Are Now Open – 3 Dec 2014

Applications are now available for museums throughout Utah. Museum grant applications will be due Jan 30, at 5 p.m.

“Utah museums are a vital force in the state’s cultural life, informing and entertaining millions of patrons each year,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Utah Arts & Museums Director. “We’re pleased to offer this funding to help museums reach their broader goals.” Previously funded projects have supported collection management, storage and cataloging, progress towards state performance goals, and temporary staff to carry out funded projects.

Two different grants are available: development grants and project support grants. All grants require a 1:1 cash match. Guidelines are available at and applications must be submitted through our electronic grants system. Applications are reviewed by a panel of peers in the field and approved by the Utah Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services Advisory Board.

For more information, please contact Laurel Cannon Alder at or 801.236.7550, or visit Utah Arts & Museums at

Change Leader Certification – 20 Nov 2014

Utah Arts & Museums recognizes twelve certifying graduates of the Change Leader Institute, an innovative leadership development program for people interested in advancing their communities through culture and the arts. The certifying Change Leaders are:

Laurel Cannon Alder, Utah Arts & Museums, Salt Lake City
Hilary Amnah, Utah Arts & Museums, Salt Lake City
Cheryl Brown, Kanab Arts Council, Kanab
Debbie Drake, Cedar City Arts Council, Cedar City
Dennise Gackstetter, Utah State University, Logan
Jean Tokuda Irwin, Utah Arts & Museums, Salt Lake City
Lynna Kendall, Uintah School District, Vernal
Jennifer Ortiz, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
Heather Smith, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Stephen Wagner, Southern Utah University, Cedar City
Rob Wilson, Utah Mural Arts Foundation, St. George

“The Change Leader network is enhancing Utah’s communities and beyond with exciting arts and cultural projects,” said Lynette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “We are delighted to welcome these newly certified graduates to the growing network, and look forward to following their progress as they engage with fellow Change Leaders and with their communities.”

Change Leaders acquire communication and community-building skills in a three-day intensive training course and then design and complete a certification project using the skills they have learned. Once certified, participants join a network of more than 200 Change Leaders across Utah, Colorado and Idaho who regularly convene, partner on projects, mentor each other and generate positive change. Among the ranks of Change Leaders are artists, museum professionals, mayors, executive directors, volunteers, professors, government employees, entrepreneurs and many others. What they have in common is a connection to arts and culture and a level of engagement in their communities.

Certification projects allow Change Leaders to utilize their training in a practical, individually meaningful way. Projects for this class of Change Leaders included:

  • Ensuring that public art is a part of the planning for a new applied technology college building.
  • Cultivating a community of family-friendly organizations that focus on history, physical activity, nature and the arts.
  • Working with community members and teens to build a teen center and skate park.
  • Partnering with key providers to gain a clear understanding of the current status of arts education in Utah and begin to measure collective impact.
  • Giving statewide presentations on cultural competency.
  • Building a five-year plan and unified long-term goals for an organization.
  • Spearheading a textile re-housing project involving significant intra-organization collaboration.
  • Reinventing grant timelines to better meet grantee needs while navigating the impact on support staff.
  • Providing direct hands on art making experience, visual journals, to underrepresented refugee and immigrant youth.
  • Collaborating with student artists and the Chamber of Commerce to display works of art in local business.
  • Developing a community space for recitals and chamber concerts.

For more information about the Change Leader Program or a list of certified Change Leaders, visit or contact Wendi Hassan, Community Outreach,, 801.860.6396.

Statewide Annual 2014 – Rio Gallery – 17 Nov 2014

Utah Arts & Museums will host its annual statewide exhibition “Utah ‘14: Painting & Sculpture” at the Rio Gallery November 21, 2014 – January 9, 2015 with a public reception on Friday, November 21, from 6-9 p.m. where we will reveal the Best in Show, Jurors’ Award winners and Honorable Mentions. Visual arts competitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing juried competitions open to artists across the state of Utah. “This competition and exhibition is an excellent representation of the exciting work Utah artists continue to produce,” says Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey, “It is highly anticipated each year and we look forward to discovering the diverse themes and concepts that Utah artists choose to explore.”

We were pleased to see entries come from 44 cities and 18 counties across Utah. We received 392 works of art from 224 artists. Of those, 59 works by 59 artists were juried into the exhibition.

Juror Maria Porges stated, “The extraordinary diversity of paintings and sculpture submitted to this year’s Statewide Annual ‘14 is a testament to the independent spirit of Utah’s artists as well as to the continued support that the arts receive in this state. I remain very impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment to the arts that the large number of submissions for this exhibition indicates.”

Admission is free and exhibition catalogs are available at no charge. The Rio Gallery is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Original Writing Competition Winners Announced – 16 Oct 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the winners of the 56th annual Utah Original Writing Competition. Selected from more than 250 entries received this year, 19 writers in seven categories will be receiving awards. They are:


  •  First place: ECKSDOT by J Washburn (Provo)
  •  Second place: Fragments of an Inner Architecture by Gene Washington (Logan)
  •  Honorable Mention: RedRedRedRed by Eric Howerton (Ogden)

Creative Nonfiction

  •  First place: An American (Homeless) in Paris by Christian Ames (Salt Lake)
  •  Second place: Befriending Laura Mae by Leisa Mukai (Salt Lake)
  •  Honorable Mention: Dancing Bird’s Apprentice by Patty Willis (Salt Lake)

Book of Poems

  •  First place: Eve’s Child by Markay Brown (St. George)
  •  Second place: Cold Blessings by Maximillian Werner (Salt Lake)

Juvenile Book

  •  First place: Keeping it Down by Lisa Roylance (Cedar Hills)
  •  Second place: Sula Eats the Sea by James Ure (Salt Lake)
  •  Honorable Mention: The Sun is on Fire! by Shane Williams (Washington)


  •  First place: “Inside Wolf, Grandmother Becomes a Dancer” by Shanan Ballam (Logan)
  •  Second place: “Bottle Cherries” by Candy Fowler (St. George)
  •  Honorable Mention: “Pretending to be interviewed, the monster gets choked up, tells the cameraman to shut the damn thing off.” by Natalie Young (Cedar City)

Short Story

  •  First place: “Adsila, Wyoming” by Iris Moulton (Salt Lake)
  •  Second place: “Two Shoes” by John Pace (Salt Lake)
  •  Honorable Mention: “For My Father II” by Jordan Floyd (West Jordan)

Narrative Nonfiction/Personal Essay

  •  First place: “Hourglass Man” by Aaron Allen (Orem)
  •  Second place: “Living the Dream” by Joshua Harms (Centerville)

“We sincerely congratulate these winners,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “We look forward to great accomplishments from such talented writers. Past winners have gone on to receive the Flannery O’Connor Award and the International Reading Association Award. These past awardees include Orson Scott Card, Ron Carlson, and all four Utah Poets Laureate: David Lee, Ken Brewer, Katharine Coles and Lance Larsen.”

Manuscripts were reviewed in a blind process by judges who reside outside of Utah. First- and second-prize winners are awarded prize money ranging from $150 to $1,000.

A day celebrating Utah writers and the Original Writing Competition will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City. There will be an awards ceremony, readings by 2013 competition winners, and a poetry-writing workshop with Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen.