Each year Utah Arts & Museums offers a $10,000 fellowship award to two professional artists. Fellowships are available to individuals practicing in any visual arts medium. The award is intended to advance the professional careers of accomplished Utah artists and does not require matching funds, a project, or a report. Applying artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program. Last year’s recipients were Christopher Gauthier of Logan and Mark Hedengren of Provo.
“We have a mission to acknowledge and encourage the careers of Utah artists,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Each year the notable accomplishments of Utah’s visual artists bring national attention to the state for artistic achievement. It’s important to recognize and support these artists for their remarkable work.”
The artists are chosen by a juror recognized for his or her accomplishments in the field of visual arts. The juror for 2014 will be Nora Burnett Abrams. Abrams is Associate Curator at MCA Denver. She has organized solo exhibitions on Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Dario Robleto, Allison Smith, Frohawk Two Feathers, William Lamson, Tatiana Blass, and others. Recently, she co-curated the group exhibition Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art. She is currently organizing a large group exhibition exploring different representations of domesticity in contemporary art. She graduated from Stanford University and is completing her dissertation at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.