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Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. We strive to help community members see, experience, utilize and value the art of design that surrounds us.




DesignArts Utah ’17 

The DesignArts Program is pleased to announce a call to designers for the DesignArts Utah ’17 juried exhibition, held September 8, 2017 – October 20, 2017, at the Rio Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City. Designers in any design field are encouraged to submit their work: realized, conceptual, or prototype designs are eligible. The deadline to submit work for consideration is July 10, 2017.

This annual exhibition honors and celebrates Utah’s great designers and provides a valuable platform for viewers to learn about and engage with the design community. DesignArts Utah is excited to partner with Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City for this event that is free and open to the public.


Brooke Hodge, the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, will curate the exhibition. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two designers selected in the student category will each receive a $500 award.


In conjunction with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Salt Lake Design Week, a closing reception will take place on October 20th from 6-9 pm at the Rio Gallery. Admission for the reception is free and open to the public.

Please feel free to refer any questions to Jim Glenn 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton 801.245.7270

DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

Click on the images below to view past projects chosen for exhibition:


Juror: Jim Childress, Chair of the AIA Committee on Design. A frequent lecturer on architecture, Centerbrook Partner, Jim Childress is well traveled due to his work and to grown children who are scattered around the world. What he learns from these international sojourns informs not only his architecture, but also the garden he is nurturing and expanding with his wife

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Juror: Randy J. Hunt, is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship.

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Juror: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program and the Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institute College of Art.

DA 2014 Catalog

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Juror: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning   

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Juror: David Revere McFadden from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, New York 8 Utah designers’ 11 designs were selected for exhibition from 28 Utah designers’ 55 submitted projects.

Design Arts 2012 Logo

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Juror: Stuart Karten, director of Stuart Karten Design, Los Angeles, California. 8 Utah designers were selected for exhibition of their 13 designs from the 31 designs submitted.

Design Arts Utah 2011 Catalog

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Juror: Budd Steinhilber, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Steinhilber for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 22 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2010 Catalog Click to view the full catalog


Juror: Reed Kroloff, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 9 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Kroloff for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 22 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2009 Catalog


Juror: Jennifer Morla, award winning designer and creative director of Design Within Reach 20 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Morla for exhibition from the 97 designs submitted by 37 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2008 CatalogClick to view the full catalog


Juror: Tucker Viemeister, VP Creative with Studio Red at Rockwell Group 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Viemeister for exhibition from the 47 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2007 Catalog


Juror: Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine based in New York City 15 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Szenasy for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 36 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2006 Catalog


Juror: Joseph Rosa, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Rosa for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 21 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2005 Catalog


Juror: Anne Van Ingen, director of architecture, planning and design program and capital projects for the New York State Council on the Arts in New York, New York

8 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Van Ingen for exhibition from the 27 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2004 Catalog


Juror: Buff Kavelman, director of the Smithsonian National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York 9 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Kavelman for exhibition from the 35 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2003 Catalog

The design community in Utah is vital and growing. Click on the links below to learn more about a few of the design organizations in Utah:

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AIGA Salt Lake City
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week


Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton at  or 801.245.7270

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Fellowships for Visual Arts Excellence in Utah

Each year, two $10,000 Fellowships are awarded to individual visual artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres are eligible. Fellowship awards do not require matching funds.

Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their practice through quality images and documentation. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program.

2017 Fellowship Guidelines

2017 Visual Art Fellows

Jonathan Frioux received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and BFA from Brigham Young University. In the last 4 years he has taught in the Department of Visual Arts at Brigham Young University and Weber State University. Currently his work is inspired by abstract painting, spirituality, and the ocean – forms like billowing sails, longitude and latitude lines and broken nets make up most of his compositions. Along with these lined backdrops additional subjects and narratives are introduced with the goal of creating a condition of simultaneity, anticipation and spatial wonder.




Jean Richardson is a Scottish Artist and Educator living and making art in Utah. She identifies mostly as a Scot despite being as a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States. Her work is a direct response to her relationship to place and the conflict of feeling both lost and found within a place. Her sculptures and installations made from her collections of commonplace objects explore the dichotomy of displacement and belonging. Jean received her BA(Hons) in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland. She then moved to the US to continue her art education at Brigham Young University, where she received her MFA in Studio Art. Jean has also researched, exhibited and taught in a variety of countries, including Israel, Spain, Tonga, and New Zealand. Her many travels have and continue to
influence her art practice. Banner image (Jean Richardson, Brollie Ball, 2014)

2017 Visual Art Fellowship Juror Statement

I am honored to have served as the 2017 Visual Art Fellowship Juror for Utah Arts & Museums, and to become acquainted with the local arts community. Having recently moved from the Midwest to Arizona I am especially interested in exploring what motivates contemporary artists of the West. My personal experience with my new home, having only lived in Phoenix for 15 months, is one of fascination with the landscape. The sense of wide open spaces, endless horizons, beautiful desert plants and gorgeous red rocks stand in stark relief to what is found in the rest of the United States. Utah and Arizona are physically connected by this landscape. Nonetheless, as artists and curators living in these gorgeous places we struggle with trying to compete this natural beauty. As a contemporary curator I constantly struggle with the question, what beyond beauty can art offer and what is our responsibility to our communities and to ourselves? To run counterpoint to pure aesthetics, to question, to advocate, or to simply react, is perhaps the most critical obligation that contemporary art has to the world.

As the sole juror, I was pleased to get a sense of the artistic territory of contemporary artists living in Utah. A strong diversity of materials, gestures and cultures gave me a profound sense of a community wholly committed to the practice of art making. I felt an instant connection with the work of Jean Richardson. Feelings of isolation, or as she states, “the dichotomy of displacement and belonging” resonated very deeply with my current world view. Her video “Every Now And Then I Fall Apart,” seemed to poetically articulate a profound feeling of loneliness that we all feel either metaphorically or in actual fact through a very thoughtful and open ended way. It’s very difficult to effectively articulate through purely visual means these complex emotions and I feel her work did this through the conceptually-tight vocabulary of performance and sculpture. I linked aspects of Richardson’s recent work to the practice of Jonathan Frioux and his interest in abstract painting. Here there was an almost physical and formal correspondence through bodies of water that are used to singular ends. The instability of the ocean is used as a formal challenge to the traditional notion of the grid in Frioux’s paintings. This conceptual framework surprised me yet I fully bought into the originality of his investigation and practice. I must also acknowledge the work of Cara Krebs and Mary Sauer who each brought originality and rigor to their respective practices. In closing I want to thank all of the artists who submitted their work for consideration. Now more than ever we need to be fearless and willing to go over the edge for what we believe, and I appreciate your willingness to participate in the cultural conversation of our time. – Gilbert Vicario,

Gilbert Vicario is The Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum since October 2015. Prior to joining the Phoenix Art Museum he was senior curator and division head for curatorial affairs at the Des Moines Art Center since 2009. Vicario has extensive international experience working with artists and organizing exhibitions that present artwork from around the globe; experience working in major encyclopedic museums; a passion for exploring ideas that show links between historical works and contemporary art; and an interest in Latin American and Latino Art. He holds a masters in curatorial studies from Bard College.

Past Recipients 1986 – 2016

Fellowship Video Profiles

In partnership with “Artists of Utah-15 Bytes,” we produce short artist profiles of the recipients as part of the award. Please see the links below to some of the videos we’ve produced of our recent fellowship recipients.


Contact Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272


Public Art

Public art is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it goes well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of the artists and architects who create them.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

The Utah State Legislature Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee reviews all capital projects for the State and approves or cuts public art funding for those projects. If you would like to contact the legislators on the committee to express your views on art in public places, the committee membership and committee schedule and contact information can be found online.

Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Department of Environmental Quality Technical Support Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Selection Committee will collaborate with an artist to develop an installation that reflects the important role the Department of Environmental Quality plays in safeguarding Utah’s air, land and water. The artist should consider that the Support Center is designed to help the Department ensure that all data collected is accurate, the science is reliable, and decisions are made based on the best available information. The Department also engages numerous stakeholders to participate in dialogue about environmental protection. The Committee encourages the artist to consider all of this, as does DEQ, in the spirit of service, protection, collaboration.
Applications are accepted via CaFE or digital copy (information / instructions available here.)
Budget: $40,500 – Deadline: June 30, 2017

Utah State University Life Sciences Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Life Sciences Building on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The Life Sciences Building will be a stunning addition to the beautiful USU campus. The selection committee seeks to incorporate an artist’s voice into this important project. The facility, and the art integral to it, will allow students to discover, experience, and share world-changing ideas. Applications are accepted via CaFE or digital copy (information / instructions available here)
Budget $313,000 – Deadline: July 21, 2017

Projects in process:

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

Murray City is requesting public art proposals/bids for the plaza at the newly remodeled Murray Park Amphitheater. The artwork should visually interpret a variety of art forms, acknowledge the surrounding park environment, and have the ability to recognize donors in some way on or around the artwork. Potential artists may obtain a color illustration of the amphitheater plaza by contacting Mary Ann Kirk at 801-264-2638 Kim Sorenson at 801-264-2619. Please be advised this is a call for proposals.
Budget: $10,000 – $30,000 – Deadlines: due at the Murray Parks Office (296 E Murray Park Avenue) on June 19, 2017 by 5 pm

Alta Community Enrichment is seeking artists to create site-specific outdoor mural art on the Alta Community Center in Alta, Utah. This opportunity is open to all Salt Lake County artists, with a focus on, but not limited to, those who love Little Cottonwood Canyon. Alta Community Enrichment (ACE) is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities in the Little Cottonwood/Alta, Utah community for individual and group participation in arts, cultural events and education. Since inception, ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality, diverse programs for free or very little cost to its attendees. ACE strengthens the community by bringing people together who live, work and play in Alta.
Budget: $1,000 – Deadline: July 23, 2017

National & International Public Art Opportunities

The Public Art Program  [Dallas, Texas] of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from artists or artist teams to design, fabricate and install of a work of public art in the median at Canada Drive and Coronet Boulevard in Dallas, Texas. The project will celebrate and pay tribute to the service of veterans especially those who reside in West Dallas. This project is a citizen-initiated proposal led by residents, veterans and veterans advocates from the West Dallas neighborhood with the support of the City of Dallas, Planning and Neighborhood Vitality Department and the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: June 26, 2017

The Minnesota State Arts Board [Minneapolis, Minnesota] on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, requests proposals from working, professional artists or artist–led teams for permanent, site–specific public artwork at the Minnesota Veterans Home.
Budget: $155,415 – Deadline: June 28, 2017

Rhode Island State Council On the Arts [Kingston, Rhode Island] will commission artwork for the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art.  Through this program, the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens.”
Budget: $430,000 – Deadline: June 30, 2017

The San Antonio River Authority [San Antonio, Texas] seeks exceptional emerging and established public artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches for its Pre-Qualified List of Artists. The purpose of the List is to provide a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects at the San Pedro Creek Culture Park.  Artists will be commissioned for temporary, permanent, and performance-based artwork and may also be commissioned to participate in planning future phases of the Park.  The first phase of the Park will open on May 5, 2018 as part of San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebrations.
Deadline: June 30, 2017

The Conservatory Metropolitan District [Aurora, Colorado] is seeking an artist to complete an exterior sculptural commission for this unique residential community located within southeastern Aurora. The name “Conservatory” references the nearby Plains Conservation Center and signifies that wildlife and nature are a focus of this community. Birdwatching, hiking, and bike rides are among the outdoor activities commonly enjoyed by the residents in this area.
Budget: $72,000 – Deadline: July 7, 2017

The City of Peoria [Peoria, Arizona] is seeking submittals for its latest public art project at Happy Valley Road and 83rd Avenue.  The ideal artist should thrive on the challenge of creating exterior artwork that compliments the environment of the designated location.  The artist should also consider the vast view of this location from a distance, both daytime and nighttime. One artist will be awarded the project; however, depending on the quality of the submittals, the City reserves the right to select runner’s up from this call for a possible alternate location in the City within the next 12 months.
Budget: $140,000 – Deadline: July 7, 2017

The City of Peoria
 [Peoria, Arizona] is seeking submittals for its latest public art project at Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway. The ideal artist should thrive on the challenge of creating exterior artwork that compliments the environment of the designated location.  The artist should also consider the vast view of this location from a distance, both daytime and nighttime. The height of the piece will be a strong consideration when choosing the final submission. This location has a very high volume of traffic passing it from the Loop 303 and on their way to Lake Pleasant.
Budget: $180,000 – Deadline: July 7, 2017

Art Spaces
 [Terre Haute, Indiana] has issued a Request for Qualifications for artists interested in honoring writer Theodore Dreiser and his legacy to American literature through a site-specific public sculpture in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana, on the grounds of the Vigo County Public Library. The location is on Terre Haute’s Arts Corridor, which now features five Art Spaces sculptures. Courage in Language and Thought – The Dreiser Legacy is the working title for the project.
Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: July 14, 2017

The City of Loveland [Loveland, Colorado] Art in Public Places is accepting Requests for Qualifications for a sculptural work to be installed in a new roundabout at the intersection of Mountain Lion and North Boyd Lake Avenues, south of Highway 34. This 100’ radius roundabout will be constructed in fall 2017 and will allow for sculpture installation shortly thereafter.
Budget: $26,000 – Deadline: July 14, 2017

The City of San Diego [San Diego, California] Commission for Arts and Culture is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the Presidio Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport a permanent or semi-permanent new media artwork for Presidio Park and consult during installation of artwork at the site by the City.
Budget: $525,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2017

Transit Oriented Retail Development [Aurora, Colorado] are seeking an artist or artist team to design and install three new art selections for the public park spaces. The art should be site specific, iconic, contemporary in character, and coordinate with the materials and modern aesthetic of the architecture (building materials include mix of metal, concrete, wood and masonry). The artwork will help create a sense of place and must have visibility including integral lighting and daytime and nighttime interest. The art installations must be unique and memorable, as the art pieces themselves are intended to become a destination as well as a draw for visitors.
Budget: $391,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2017

4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) want to commission four Associate Artists to create intrigue and stimulate curiosity, raise awareness, and foster an emotional connection to the largely invisible Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system and make its importance resonate at a city-wide scale. Through new, commissioned work centered on a curatorial framework of topics developed by lead planning artists Sans façon, they envision a program of global significance and reputation. The works and experiences created throughout the Seattle CSO system by a cohort of artists should engage an international audience and reflect practices at the forefront of contemporary art in relation to water, infrastructure, society, and the environment.
Budget: $190,000, $100,000, $80,000, AND $40,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2017

The City of San Jose Public Art Program [San Jose, California]  is creating a Roster of Pre-Qualified Artists. The purpose of the Roster is to streamline the artist selection process for a range of upcoming mural projects. Artists who are chosen for inclusion in the Roster will be eligible to be considered for future public art mural projects in San Jose. Inclusion in the final Roster will be for a period of three years.
Deadline: July 31, 2017

The City’s Visual Arts Commission [Loveland, Colorado] seeks an Artist or Artist Team to create a vibrant 5’ x 8’ two-dimensional work of art to be installed on the interior hallway wall(s) of the Chilson Recreation Center located at 700 East 4th Street in Loveland. This hallway serves as a main connector to all areas of this very active, family-friendly recreational facility. The location receives prime exposure to an average of 1,400 daily visitors.
Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: August 25, 2017

The City of Brentwood Arts Commission [Brentwood, California] seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along an island median on Sand Creek Road across from “The Streets of Brentwood”. This is the first of four major “Gateways” into the City of Brentwood. This is also a heavily used thoroughfare located between two shopping centers.
Budget: $175,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2017

England Airpark and Community,  [Alexandria, Virginia] home to Alexandria International Airport, is seeking request for qualifications and preliminary proposals from individual artists or artists teams for the creation of a monumental gateway sculpture located in a site specific roundabout entrance to the Airpark. This site was specifically created for the installation of a public art centerpiece. This is a high visibility, high traffic opportunity with hundreds of thousands of vehicles utilizing the Airparks roundabout on an annual basis. The roundabout location is one of the most notable and prominent public spaces within the Central Louisiana community.
Budget: $125,000 – Deadline: September 9, 2017

The City of Ocala [Ocala, Florida] in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL. Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice awards will be selected.
Budget: Total Awards $24,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2017

Philadelphia’s Public Art Program [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists.
Deadline: Ongoing




Contact Jim Glenn | | 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton | | 801.245.7270

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ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include exhibitions, residencies, funding, and professional development. Click on the menu items below for your area of interest.

These opportunities are listed here as a service and are not administered by Utah Arts & Museums.

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Visual Arts

Local | National & International | Residencies & Professional Development


Midway Art Association presents its 12th Annual National Painting event. Paintings of all sizes and prices will be shown in a grand exhibition and sale in the Midway Town Hall June 30, July 1, 3 & 4 in conjunction with many delightful ‘small town’ 4th of July activities. WPAP is Utah’s largest plein air competition with artists painting outdoors to compete in Professional and Amateur divisions. The exhibit and sale has ‘new paintings’ added with each successive competition, creating as many as 500 paintings competing for cash prizes and purchase awards.

Art Access gallery
is now accepting applications for individual and group exhibits during the 2018 calendar year. Art Access welcomes exhibit proposals for emerging and established artists, artists with and without disabilities, and artists representing other underserved communities. They focus on Utah artists with a broad spectrum of backgrounds and points of view, working in any medium. Contact Elise Butterfield, or 801.328.0703 with any questions or concerns as you develop your exhibit proposal. To apply, go to
DEADLINE: July 1, 2017

The Frontier Fellowship provides creative professionals the opportunity to live and work with Epicenter in Green River, Utah (pop. 952), for two to eight weeks. From this rural place and in the context of the frontier, Fellows generate new work that is informed by the residents of Green River and the surrounding desert landscape. Epicenter, a design studio instigating positive change through community-based projects and programs, facilitates Fellowships throughout the year. Epicenter encourages applications regardless of applicant’s background, focus, or specialty. The Fellowship is open to artists, chefs, designers, explorers, folklorists, geologists, musicians, and more. Epicenter has hosted over 50 artists and collaboratives through the Frontier Fellowship.
DEADLINE: July 1, 2017

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is offering a week-long artist residency program for children ages 13-15. The children will have many resources at their disposal, such as individual studio space, a variety of materials, studio visits from working professionals, and individualized attention as their work toward their finished product. At the end of the week they will showcase their work in a special exhibit at the Museum.
DEADLINE: July 17, 2017

Alta Community Enrichment is seeking artists to create site-specific outdoor mural art on the Alta Community Center in Alta, Utah. This opportunity is open to all Salt Lake County artists, with a focus on, but not limited to, those who love Little Cottonwood Canyon. Alta Community Enrichment (ACE) is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities in the Little Cottonwood/Alta, Utah community for individual and group participation in arts, cultural events and education. Since inception, ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality, diverse programs for free or very little cost to its attendees. ACE strengthens the community by bringing people together who live, work and play in Alta.
Budget: $1,000 – Deadline: July 23, 2017

43rd Annual Statewide Competition – The Eccles Community Art Center Statewide Competition is open to all artists who currently reside in the state of Utah.  Original works in any medium including paintings, prints, monoprints, drawings, graphics, pottery, sculptures, and textiles are eligible.  Reproduction prints such as gicleé and photographs are not eligible.  Work must have been completed within the past two years and not have been previously exhibited in a juried exhibit sponsored by the Eccles Community Art Center.
DEADLINE: July 25 & 26 

AIR Summit Artist in Residence Program – Visiting artists will immerse themselves in the surrounding nature of the expansive Wasatch Mountains while also connecting with visiting members of the Summit community, comprised of the worlds top business leaders, innovators, athletes and philanthropists. The Summit AIR program is a unique opportunity for individuals to develop their careers in the arts, meet new friends and collaborators while directly influencing the cultural fabric of the Summit Powder Mountain village.
DEADLINE: October 2017 (Date TBD)

The Projects Gallery at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art works to promote local artists as they engage the contemporary art world locally and nationally. Situated at the front of UMOCA, the Projects Gallery is the first exhibition room that visitors encounter when entering the building. They exhibit proposals entirely from Utah artists, providing the artists with a professional exhibition environment, prominent exposure to UMOCA visitors, and through UMOCA’s increasing national ties, the possibility of greater exposure around the country.

National & International


RE:ARTISTE [New York, New York] seeks entries for an international juried art exhibition. Jurors: Lawrence Wheatman, Hadieh Afshani, Rebecca Pearson, Marc Fields, Shirley Siegal, Jay Moorthy. All entries are accepted. Twenty Finalists will display original work at the “Show Your World” exhibition, New York City. Artists of all career levels are welcome. The following disciplines are accepted: Painting, Illustration, Photography, Mixed Media and 3-D Art including Ceramics and Textile, Digital Art, Installation. $35 submission fee.
Deadline: June 30, 2017

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
 [Cincinnati, Ohio] calls for submissions of original works, created within 2014-2017. Any media applicable to the practice of traditional painting including but not limited to printmaking, digital/new media, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation, etc., are all possibly valid. There will be three cash prizes of $1200, $500, and $300 for first, second, and third place winners. Each award winner will have a brief artist’s statement included in the publication and each participating artist receives a complimentary copy of the finished book. $36 for up to 3 entries, $10 for each additional entry.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

SlowArt Productions [Hudson, New York] announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, September 6-30, 2017 at Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY. Juror: Limner Gallery Director. This exhibition is open to all interpretations of the concept, Strange Figurations. Included are all forms of surreal, visionary and extraordinary figurative art. $35 entry fee.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

The Academy Center of the Arts [Lynchburg, Virginia] seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, September 1-30, 2017. Cash Awards over $2500, with Best in Show at $1000. Juror: Carolyn Russo. Open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. Entries must be original photographs or photographically derived work.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts [Omaha, Nebraska] invites United States-based artists to submit to the 2017 Benefit Art Auction. A panel of arts professionals will select approximately 250 works to be included in this year’s Benefit Art Auction, taking place on Friday, October 27. All auction proceeds support participating artists and raise critical funds for Bemis Center programs.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

ARTHOUSE.NYC [New York, New York] seeks entries for a juried exhibition, July 13-16 in New York. Jurors: Alix Strauss, Style Journalist, New Yorker & NYTimes; Peter Hort, Rema Hort Foundation; Mathieu Valoatto, Founder & Curator – Curioo. ARTHOUSE welcomes both emerging and established photographers/artists to apply and add their own interpretation, perspective and visions of Grow. Categories include: Landscape Photography, Street Photography and Portraits/People Photography, as well as Digital Art, Mobile Art, Traditional Collage, Traditional Abstract Art and Traditional Fine Art. $60 fee.
DEADLINE: July 3, 2017

Las Laguna Gallery [Laguna Beach, California] presents Figures and Faces, August 3 to September 1, 2017. For this artist opportunity the gallery is seeking works that examine human emotions, faces and figures. Works can be representational or abstract. Works in Acrylic, Airbrush, Assemblage, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Painting, Pastel, Photography (Traditional and Digital), Printmaking and Watercolor, will be considered. $35 for 1st image, $1 each additional.
DEADLINE: July 6, 2017

Friends of Borderland, Inc [Easton, Massachusetts] announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, September 12 – October 3, 2017 at Ames Mansion Museum, Borderland State Park in N. Easton, MA. $2,500 in awards. Juror: Theresa Ganz, Brown University Providence, RI. Artists are eligible to submit work without regard to sex, race, creed or national origin. Artists must be 18 years or older and reside in the United States. All work must be original. All media accepted including photography. Separate category for botanical drawings, paintings or monoprints. $40 for up to three pieces, $5 for each addtional. The Friends of Borderland retains no commission on sales.
DEADLINE: July 8, 2017

A Smith Gallery
 [Johnson City, Texas] invites photographers to submit work for “The Photographic Performance 2017”. They are looking for compelling solo or cooperative exhibitions to fill their interior salon space. It can be photographic images, photography combined with mixed media or photographic installations. The entry fee is $50 for 10 to 20 images and also requires a written proposal or artist statement explaining the exhibition. Two exhibition proposals will be selected to be exhibited in the Salon from either August 25 to October 8, 2017 or from October 13 to November 19, 2017. Jurors will be Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully, gallery directors.
DEADLINE: July 10, 2017

The North East Watercolor Society [Kent, Connecticut] announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, October 15-29, 2017 at The Gallery of the Kent Art Association in Kent, CT. $8,500 in awards. Juror: Mel Stabin, AWS. Eligible media: Water Media on Paper (Yupo accepted), applied in a transparent manner. Minor areas of opaque applications acceptable. Framed under acrylic such as Plexi-glas. 44″ maximum frame outside dimensions.
DEADLINE: July 24, 2017

Fiber Artists of San Antonio (FASA) [San Antonio, Texas] is currently seeking fiber artists to enter the FASA 43rd Annual Juried Fiber Art Exhibit. FASA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to promote the appreciation and encourage support of fiber as an art form through exhibitions and educational activities. Artists are invited to submit up to 5 pieces completed within the last two years ($35 entry fee) for consideration. The juror’s final selections will be hung in the Semmes and Student Art Galleries at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio TX, Oct 13 to Nov 17, 2017.  There is no theme and collaborations are welcome; prizes will be awarded at the opening reception Oct 13, 6-8 pm at the galleries.
DEADLINE: September 4, 2017


Residencies & Professional Development

The Ark Project
 [San Francisco, California] is pleased to offer 1 artist the opportunity to work and exhibit art works during the Annual Spring (May) 2018 exhibition. The idea is to enable artists to collaborate and work towards a common goal. The end-product or completion of projects is not required, however, works in progress may be on view during the exhibition. Field trips, studio visits, and exhibition opportunities will allow access to the San Francisco Bay Area art market. We can further offer the services of a mentor (resident artist) and or a professional creativity coach to accompany the creative process.

Leighton Artists’ Studios [Banff, Alberta] independent residencies offer artists the ability to delve into their work as a solitary retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger community of the Banff Centre. The nine unique studios are each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and provide a perfect setting for individuals and collectives from a wide variety of artistic genres to create new work. Leighton artists contribute significantly to culture and the arts in Alberta, throughout Canada, and around the world.
DEADLINE: July 12, 2017

Kala Art Institute’s [Berkeley, California] mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in- Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs and education. Kala’s high quality printmaking and multimedia studios are located in Berkeley, CA. Kala Art Institute welcomes artists to apply online for our Kala Fellowship Award and the Artist-In-Residence Program. Please follow the guidelines to upload your application materials. Please email us with questions regarding your application at
DEADLINE: July 15, October 15, 2017

Willapa Bay AiR [Oysterville, Washington] is situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington state, launched its residency program in March 2014. The Residency has been specifically designed, from the site selection to the architecturally specific building concepts, layouts, and materials, to combine the opportunity for solitude with the opportunity for daily community that fosters creative endeavor. They offer month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, singer/songwriters, and musical composers. Applications are evaluated by selection committees comprised of working artists and professionals in the applicants’ respective fields of discipline.
DEADLINE: July 31, 2017

Yaddo Residencies [Saratoga Springs, New York] offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio.
DEADLINE: January 1, 2018

18th Street Arts Center’s Residency Programs [Santa Monica, California] help build and strengthen the creative community by working with local, national and international artists and curators.There are five types of residencies, including a visiting artist program that hosts artists and curators for 1 – 3 months. The center has hosted more than 400 artists from dozens of countries since it first began in 1992. 

The Penland Resident Artist Program [Penland, North Carolina] consists of full-time artists who spend 3 years living and working in Penland’s school community. It is designed for artists who are at a pivotal moment in their career—the residency is an opportunity for them to test ideas and make choices that will have a lasting effect on their work and their lives. Resident artists may use the time to develop their studio practice, to work out the practicalities of making a living, or to explore new directions in their work.

Spread Art’s Residency Program [Detroit, Michigan] invites local, regional, national and international artists to develop and present work in collaboration with the creative communities of Detroit. Spread Art residencies provide housing (if needed), rehearsal and/or studio space, event and/or exhibition opportunities, and introductions to Detroit artists, venues, and more through residency dinners /brunches and additional social and networking opportunities.

Doctor’s Hours [Brooklyn, New York] at New York Foundation for the Arts offers artists an opportunity for one-on-one consultations with a range of industry professionals in their creative field. Distance Consultations over Skype are available for artists located outside the both New York Metro Area. These sessions provide an opportunity for practical advice and feedback on presentation of an artist’s work, website, or upcoming application.

Boot Camp for Artists [Brooklyn, New York] at New York Foundation for the Arts is a course that teaches the fundamental principles of sustainability and profitability in the arts. Boot Camp includes classes on finance, law, marketing, and fundraising.The structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” which provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals. Each receives specific feedback from experts in the field as well as their peers in the course. Schedule for course varies.


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Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Arts & Museums Arts Education Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

Congratulations to 2017 Utah Champion, Ben Engel of Skyline High School!

  • For details regarding Utah’s POL activities, email or call 801-236-7557.
  • For full details on the national poetry recitation competition, visit
Recitation and performance are major trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English and theatre class.

2017 Poetry Out Loud

Ben Engel of Skyline High School took home top honors from the state finals for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented by Utah Arts & Museums on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at co-host Westminster College’s Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Engel received $200 and travel expenses to represent Utah in the national championship April 25-26 in Washington, D.C. His school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-up Cody Howell of North Sanpete High School received $100, with $200 for his school library. Poetry Out Loud awards a $20,000 college scholarship to the national champion.

Approximately 32 high schools, 4,113 students, and 90 teachers around the state participated in Poetry Out Loud activities and competed in school and region competitions held in Brigham City, Gunnison, Provo, St. George, Salt Lake City, and Ogden. At the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, students recited works they selected from an anthology of nearly 600 classic and contemporary poems.

Past Winners

  • 2016 – Tessa Thornley, Bear River High School, Garland
  • 2015 – Sadie Merkley, Box Elder High School, Brigham City
  • 2014 – Ashlei Havili, American Fork High School, American Fork
  • 2013 – Devin Jones, West Jordan High School, West Jordan
  • 2012 – MarKaye Hassan, Logan High School (placed 3rd in National Competition)

Public Artists Sought For Utah Valley University

art_building_duskArtist applications are being requested for public art at the new Utah Valley University Performing Arts Center.

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and Utah Valley University, has published the call for letters of interest and qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in the UVU project. Continue reading

Grant Panels

Become a Grant Panelist!

Have you ever considered being a grant panelist for our grants program? If not, maybe now is the time to start. Panelists get to learn about the great arts organizations, museums, schools, and folk artists that call Utah home. While serving on a grant panel, you will meet other arts, museum, and community-minded individuals who are invested in supporting Utah’s vibrant arts community. It is also a great education in grant writing. Have we convinced you to become a panelist? Fill out the Panelist Nomination Form to be placed on our list!



Who can be a grant panelist?
Panelists are typically professional and emerging individuals who identify as artists, educators, arts administrators/professionals, museum professionals, folk artists, and community members. We strive to assemble panels that are inclusive of several communities/groups and which represent ethnic diversity, gender, rural/urban representation, length of service in field, artistic genre, and size of organization represented.

What do grant panelists do exactly?
Good question! Grant panelists read and score grant applications. The scores provide the structure from which grant awards are made. Panelists have approximately three weeks in which to read and score 20-40 applications (depending on the application cycle). All work is done remotely except for the final half-day in-person panel review meeting. For a more detailed explanation of panelist roles and responsibilities please review our Panelist Packet.

How will I know if I am chosen to be a panelist?
After your panel nomination form is submitted, you will be added to our panelist database. The grants staff will use this database as they assemble panels for each grant opportunity. Submitting a panel nomination form does not guarantee you will be chosen to serve on a panel. If you are chosen, a member of the grants staff will contact you via phone or email to confirm your availability and will provide further instruction for the grant review.

Where do grant funds come from?
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) is funded by the state of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. We provide grants to arts organizations, museums, schools, folk artists, local arts agencies, and many other arts-based community organizations. UDAM acts as the steward of these state and federal grant dollars, and we work to ensure equitable access to these funds for organizations across the state.

Panel Nomination Form (Individuals can nominate themselves or someone who they believe has the knowledge or expertise to serve.)

Panelist Packet (Detailed information about the panel review process.)

If you still have questions about the panel process call us!
Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, 801.236.7550 or
Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator, 801.236.7541


Grant Forms

Applying for Grants?

Visit to access your online application. Please make sure to view the grant guidelines prior to starting your online application to ensure eligibility.

New to our online grants system? Call or email to request a new user profile, Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at 801. 236. 7550 or or Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator, at 801. 236. 7541 or

Budget Forms

Please download the appropriate budget form when applying for Utah Arts & Museums grants.

FY18 General Operating Support Budget – Use For:  Museum Tier I & II, General Operating Support Tier I & II, Capacity Building, and Local Arts Agency Grants

FY18 Arts Project Budget Use For: Arts Project A & B Grants

FY18 One Column Budget  – Use For: Museum Tier III and Office Partnership

FY18 Arts Learning Budget ORGANIZATIONS ONLY  |  FY18 Arts Learning Grant Budget for Schools Use For: Arts Learning Grant (formerly Arts Education Project & Residency)

DUNS Number

All applicants that identify as organizations are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a unique nine-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and required for all applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements. If you are applying as an individual artist, you do not need to get a DUNS number. DUNS numbers are required for our regional and federal reports and help us track Utah’s creative vitality. Obtaining a DUNS number is absolutely free for all entities securing the number to apply for grants. In any correspondence with D&B, be sure to identify yourself as a grant applicant. For a downloadable .pdf on applying for a DUNS number, click HERE.

Appeals Process

Information about the Utah Division of Arts & Museums grants appeal process can be found here.

Final Reports are due August 1st

To fill out your final report, please return to the website where you applied for the grant,  Your username is your email address and if you have forgotten your password, you can have a temporary password sent to you from the site. Once on the site, select “UPDATE”, then click on the application for the grant you applied for. There you can select “NEW FINAL REPORT” where you will fill it out and submit it online. If you need additional information about filling out the Final Report, you may watch our video.

Funding History

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY14

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY15

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY16

Utah Museums State Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to reach new standards of excellence through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and structure, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations. If you have trouble opening the worksheet, please make certain that you have the latest version of Adobe Reader

State Performance Goals Worksheet and Instructions (scroll down to “Performance Goals”)

 Fiscal Sponsorship

A fiscal sponsor can make it possible for an organization to apply for grants without having its own 501(c)(3) designation. Please review our Fiscal Sponsor Rules.

Charitable Solicitation Permit

Unless otherwise exempt, all organizations that solicit funds for a charitable purpose are required by Utah law to register as a charitable organization with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. Before you can submit an application (if you are not a government agency or educational institution or otherwise exempt), you must provide a copy of your current Charitable Solicitation Permit.  If you have questions about whether this applies to your organization or not, you can read the law, or contact the Department of Consumer Protection.

If you are applying for less than $1,500, you may be eligible for the exemption in the law:

13-22-8 Exemptions.
(1) Section 13-22-5 does not apply to:
(m) a solicitation by an applicant for a grant offered by a state agency if:

(i) the terms of the grant provide that the state agency monitors a grant recipient to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with the grant’s purpose; and

(ii) the sum of the amount available to the applicant under grants offered by a state agency that the applicant applies for in a calendar year is less than or equal to $1,500. 

(2) Any organization claiming an exemption under this section bears the burden of proving its eligibility for, or the applicability of, the exemption claimed.


NowPlayingUtah is the comprehensive one-stop source for arts and cultural events, performances, lists exhibitions, sports and recreation throughoutnpu-new-logo the state of Utah. All grantees (except schools) are required to post their activities on This is a free service and posting activities to it is required of all grantees.


Utah Arts & Museums awards over $1 Million dollars in grants every year to support and assist arts organizations, cultural organizations, and museums across the state of Utah. Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities, and artists. Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Bring us your great ideas!

Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities and artists. All grant applications must be submitted online. Registration is required to access grant applications and can be completed online at any time.


Contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at or 801. 236. 7550 or
Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator, at or 801. 236. 7541.