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Visual Arts Fellowship Applications Available @ Utah Division of Arts & Museums (Deadline: Nov 4)

For immediate release

September 19, 2011

Contact: Wendi Hassan, Communications Specialist, 801.860.6396

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Claudia Nakano, Communications Director, 801.859.8443

Utah Department of Community and Culture

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Visual Arts Fellowship Applications Available

SALT LAKE CITY — Guidelines are now available for visual arts fellowships offered through the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Online applications will open October 4, 2011. Two $10,000 fellowships will be awarded. Funds do not have to be matched, and applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., November 4, 2011.

Visual arts fellowships acknowledge artistic excellence, and are designed to help further the professional development of Utah’s working artists,” says Margaret Hunt, Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “Recognizing and encouraging excellence in the visual arts has been a priority of the division since it was formed in 1899.”

Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program, creating in crafts, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or new genres such as conceptual arts and video. The fellowships are competitive and applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their art through quality images and documentation.

The juror for the 2012 visual arts fellowships is Seattle-based artist Chris Bruch, who has completed a number of public art commissions in the northwest in addition to maintaining his studio practice. Over the past 25 years, his career has encompassed found-object sculptures, street rubbings, socio-political actions, refined sculpture and works on paper. He holds an MFA in sculpture and an MA in video from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as a BFA in ceramics/sculpture from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. His works are included in the collections of Microsoft Corporation, Henry Art Gallery-University of Washington, Seattle Art Museum, and the New York Public Library Print Collection.

Visit artsandmuseums.utah.gov / Areas of Interest / Visual Arts / Visual Arts Fellowships or click here to access the guidelines and online application. For more information contact Visual Arts Manager Lila Abersold, 801.533.3581, labersold@utah.gov. Media inquiries should be directed to Wendi Hassan, 801.860.6396, whassan@utah.gov.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

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