Interview with Jennifer Ortiz

Our own Museums Program Manager, Jennifer Ortiz, was recently interviewed for History News, a publication of The American Association for State and Local History. Jennifer serves on the organization’s council. Check it out here!

Utah Cultural Organizations Are on the Map

Two cultural institutions in Utah recently got shout-outs on the national stage. Granary Arts in Ephraim was listed as one of 10 great DIY art spaces across the country in USA TODAY: “Art flourishes in remote central Utah thanks to artists based in a historic granary building on the high plains.” Amy Jorgensen, executive director/chief curator of Granary Arts, said, …

Performing Arts Fellowships Open Soon

We’re pleased to announce the debut of our Performing Arts Fellowships. The purpose of the Performing Arts Fellowship is to acknowledge and encourage the careers of established, professional Utah individual artists demonstrating exceptional creativity in, and dedication to, the performing arts. The Performing Arts Fellowship Program seeks to support committed Utah artists reaching pivotal moments in their artistic careers. Applicants …

Visual Arts Fellowships Open

Each year, we award two $10,000 fellowships 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 …

The People Have Spoken

Our Statewide Annual Exhibition is on display in our Rio Gallery until January 10. This year, we introduced a new award to the Statewide Annual: the People’s Choice Award. Visitors to the exhibition voted for their favorite piece in the show, selecting Cody Chamberlain’s Source (seen above) as the winner.  Our staff received more than 200 entries for this year’s …

A Living Legacy

Utah Division of Arts & Museums is pleased to present A Living Legacy: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month, an exhibition in our Alice Gallery highlighting traditional and contemporary work from some of the state’s finest indigenous artists. All artworks selected for the exhibition are acquisitions of the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Collection. November is Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates, …

30% of UA&M Grants Go to Rural Counties

Government funding of arts and culture plays a large role in bridging significant funding gaps between rural and urban areas. While the most recent “Giving USA 2018 Report” suggests that some foundations are increasing their focus on rural development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture report found that only 5.5 percent of large foundation grant dollars go to rural areas. In contrast, …

Summit Park Ranks #2 in Arts Report

SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, recently released their fifth annual Arts Vibrancy Index Report, which ranks more than 900 communities across the nation, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts. Based on their research, Summit Park, Utah is ranked the #2 most arts-vibrant small-sized community in America. While their …

Utah Public Art Honored

Earlier this summer, Americans for the Arts honored Weber Valley Youth Center and artist David Griggs for his site-specific artwork, Where the River Flows, as among 50 outstanding public art projects created in 2018. The art installation was commissioned through our agency’s Public Art Program. The Public Art Network Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically …

Following the Fellows

Each year, we award two $10,000 fellowships 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. Our 2019 fellows were Jim Jacobs of Ogden and Shane Deeter of La Sal. We checked in with them recently to …

New Sculpture for Glendinning Home

We will soon welcome a beautiful new outdoor sculpture to the Glendinning Home, where Utah Arts & Museums is headquartered. Ogden artist Heath Satow was awarded the opportunity to create a site-specific work to be placed on the home’s grounds. His piece, AMH: 1898, honors our agency’s founder, Alice Merrill Horne, in a number of ways, not least by incorporating …