Jean Richardson, Brolly Ball

Visual Arts Fellowship


Each year, two $10,000 fellowships are awarded 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 must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program. Applications for 2021 will open in January. 

Find helpful tips for a successful application HERE.

2020 Juror

Natasha L. Logan, Deputy Director - Creative Time


Natasha L. Logan is the Deputy Director at Creative Time. Since joining the team in 2016, she has held numerous roles including Project Manager to Director of Programming. Since then, she has contributed to several recent large-scale exhibitions, including Duke Riley’s Fly by Night (2016), Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy (2016), Sophie Calle’s Here Lie the Secrets… (2017), Pledges of Allegiance (2018), and Phil Collins’ Bring Down the Walls (2018).

Before working at Creative Time, Natasha worked alongside respected artists across film, fine art, and interactive technology. She led Hank Willis Thomas’s studio and collaborative initiatives. She managed ongoing projects including Question Bridge and In Search of The Truth (The Truth Booth), as well as national commissions.

From 2007-2011, Natasha served as the Assistant Director of Career Development at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she met and advised hundreds of emerging artists between NYC and Los Angeles.Creative Time is a public arts organization that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our times.


2019 Fellows


Jim Jacobs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Jacksonville University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting with a minor in wood design from East Carolina University. In 1985 he moved to Ogden to teach at Weber State University. For ten years he chaired the Department of Visual Arts and Design. Jim retired from WSU in 2015 and now works full-time as an artist. Over the years Jim has exhibited his work in venues such as, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, New York University, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Rutgers University in Newark. In his current series, Graft, natural tree limbs are grafted to milled lumber, tools, furniture, and human hair. These works—gangly, elegant, contrived, fragile, and at times self-destructive—are reflections on our peculiar relationship with the natural world.

Shane deeter, la sal

Shane Deeter is a professional custom saddle and bootmaker. His saddles, boots, and other leather products are widely known for their durability, comfort, and artistic appeal. He has been in business for 20 years, but his experience with leather work goes as far back as the age of five. His father tooled belts and wallets, and Shane was right in the middle of it. Growing up on a ranch, he also learned the importance of good tack and how to repair it. Then in 1987 his father started a boot and saddle repair shop where Shane worked until leaving for college in 1989. While attending Utah state university, Shane made custom leather goods to help fund his education. In 1994 Shane established Deeter custom saddlery and started making quality boots and saddles. In 2000 it became his full time occupation. As well as selling custom goods, he also builds saddles and belts for Burns Saddlery. Since 2010, Shane has served as the President for the Colorado saddlemakers association. Prior to that he served as southwest director in the same organization. He has won several awards including “best craftsman” at the Western art roundup in Winnemucca, Nevada, and first place in the tooled saddle, geometric saddle and boot categories at the world leather debut in Sheridan, Wyoming. He has also won the people’s choice for boots two times and saddles once, as well as first place in saddles at the “Art of the Cowboy Makers” competition.

Jim Jacobs, TITRUV                                                                                                                                                                         .

Past Recipients

Jim Jacobs 2019, Ogden

Shane Deeter 2019, La Sal

Past Recipients 1986-2019

Fellowship Video Profiles

In partnership with “Artists of Utah-15 Bytes,” we have produce short artist profiles of the recipients as part of the award. Please see the links below to some of the videos we’ve produced of our recent fellowship recipients.

Nancy Rivera
Visual Arts Coordinator
801 245 7272
Jill Saxton Smith
Visual Arts