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Two Utah Artists Awarded $10,000 Fellowships

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums proudly announces Jonathan Frioux of Holladay and Jean Richardson of Salt Lake City as the $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients for 2017.
This year’s juror, Gilbert Vicario, is The Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum. He selected both of the fellowship winners, who will receive the funding to further their artistic goals and professional development.

“As the sole juror, I was pleased to get a sense of the artistic territory of contemporary artists living in Utah,” Vicario said. “A strong diversity of materials, gestures and cultures gave me a profound sense of a community wholly committed to the practice of art making.”

Jonathan Frioux, who has taught in the Department of Visual Arts at Brigham Young University and at Weber State University, said the fellowship will help cover the travel costs to attend the Artist in Residency Program at the Atlantic Center of the Art in Florida. He will also use it to buy materials for future works.

“Being one of the 2017 Utah Arts Fellowship recipients has come as an incredible honor and a major boast. It will make it possible for me to take part in many art making opportunities,” Frioux said. “It will help me to become a more significant contributor and supporter to the arts in Utah.”

Jean Richardson, a Scottish artist and educator living in Utah, describes her work as a direct response to her relationship to place and conflict of feeling both lost and found. She has researched, exhibited, and taught in many countries and her travels continue to influence her art. She said she will use the award to tackle new work that incorporates old tents.

For more information on the artists, juror, and the Visual Arts Fellowship Program, please visit