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About the Utah Artist Fellowships

The Utah Artist Fellowships are $5,000 unrestricted awards that recognize the careers of Utah artists demonstrating exceptional creativity in their fields. Fellows are chosen by out-of-state, nationally renowned arts professionals. Selections are based on evaluation of work samples from the past five years along with the written responses that are submitted with the application.

Through these fellowships, Utah Arts & Museums seeks to support professional and committed individual artists reaching pivotal moments in their artistic practices, and encourage their career advancement and growth. Applicants are expected to demonstrate why now is the appropriate time in their careers for this one-time award.

Candidates for the Utah Artist Fellowships are selected through an open application process. All eligible applications receive equal consideration through a two-round review process: a prescreen staff review, and a juror review.

The Utah Artist Fellowship is not an award to support a specific art project, recognition of lifetime achievement, or for artists just beginning their careers.

Five fellowships will be awarded in each of these categories:

  • Design Arts
  • Performing Arts - Music
  • Visual Arts

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 3, 2023 - 11:59 p.m.

Apply Here

2023 Jurors

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Lee-Sean Huang
Design Arts

Lee-Sean Huang is a Taiwanese American designer, artist, and educator. He was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and grew up in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. He now splits his time between Providence, Rhode Island and New York City. In 2013, he co-founded the service design and strategy practice, Foossa. Since then, he has collaborated with communities and organizations across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia to address social innovation challenges. He has taught design, innovation, and storytelling at New York University, the Parsons School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts. He currently serves as the Director of Design Content and Learning at AIGA, the oldest and largest professional association for design in the United States. His artistic practice includes performance, audio/video, and digital media. His current creative focus on street photography and environmental portraiture grew out of the ethnographic research and documentation work that he carries out in his design practice. Lee-Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard College and a Master of Professional Studies in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

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Leilani Lynch
Visual Arts

Leilani Lynch is MCA Denver’s Associate Curator. Lynch has most recently served as Curator at The Bass, Miami Beach. There, she organized recent solo exhibitions with Jamilah Sabur, Cara Despain, Naama Tsabar, Mika Rottenberg, Karen Rifas, and Aaron Curry, in addition to co-organizing exhibitions with Adrián Villar Rojas, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Haegue Yang, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Paola Pivi. Her curatorial practice champions experimentation and critical engagement with the most urgent ideas circulating today. Working collaboratively with artists, her exhibitions and programs analyze the human experience and are inclusive of diverse and wide-ranging audiences.

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Osnat Netzer
Performing Arts

Osnat Netzer is an Israeli-born, Chicago-based composer, songwriter, pianist and educator. She is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Musicianship at DePaul University, and long-time faculty at The Walden School. A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Mannes College of Music and New England Conservatory, Netzer went on to teach composition and theory at Harvard University in 2013-2019. Netzer is a recipient of a Beebe Foundation grant that funded both studies in experimental theater at Universität der Künste in Berlin and the completion of her opera, The Wondrous Woman Within, which was described as “riotously funny” in The New York Times. Her works have been commissioned and performed by Ensemble Dal Niente, saxophonists Kenneth Radnofsky, Doug O’Connor and Geoffrey Landman, Patchwork, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Spektral Quartet and Winsor Music, among many others, published by Edition Peters and earthsongs, and recorded on Bridge Records and New Focus.


Please review the guidelines thoroughly. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to our staff members.

Jason Bowcutt
Performing Arts

Visual Arts and Design Arts

Past Fellowship Recipients

Performing Arts - View catalog of past recipients and juror statements

Visual Arts - View catalog of past recipients and juror statements


From 2010 to 2016, we produced short artist profiles of visual arts fellowship recipients as part of their fellowship awards. The videos, which are linked below, were created in partnership with Artists of Utah/15 Bytes.