Performing Arts & Visual Arts
The Individual Artist Fellowship is a $5,000 unrestricted award to acknowledge and encourage the careers of mid-career professional Utah artists who are demonstrating exceptional creativity in the performing and visual arts.
A total of twelve fellowships are awarded to six performing artists and six visual artists. Fellows are selected by out-of-state arts professionals who serve as fellowship jurors.
2022 Fellowship Guidelines & Application
Review guidelines carefully before submitting your application. Applications will open on January 17th.
Performing arts disciplines rotate every three years between dance, music, and theatre. This year is theatre.
Artists practicing in theatre arts such as acting, directing, dramaturgy, experimental, performance art (theatre), playwriting, storytelling, and traditional arts are eligible. Performing art must be a primary, significant, and integral component of the work.
2022 Fellowship Jurors
Performing Arts Fellowship Juror
Kevin R. Free, actor, writer, director, and producer
Kevin R. Free is a multidisciplinary artist whose work as an actor, writer, director, and producer has been showcased and developed in many places, including The Moth Radio Hour; Project Y Theater; Flux Theater Ensemble; the Queerly Festival; The New York Neo-Futurists; and The Fire This Time Festival, where he served as Producing Artistic Director for 5 years, winning an Obie for his work in 2015. He is now the Resident Artistic Director of FRIGID New York (www.frigid.nyc) and was just named Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ (www.milesquaretheatre.org). He is also the co-writer and co-producer of the award-winning web series Gemma & The Bear! and the upcoming Beckys Through History (MyCarl.org).
As an actor, along with performing in over 100 professional productions (including the world premiere production of WINK at Marin Theater Company), he became the first African-American to play the role of Bellomy in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. An accomplished voice actor as well, Kevin is the voice of Kevin from Desert Bluffs on the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale. He is most proud of his accomplishments as an audiobook narrator, having contributed to over 400 projects in the past 20 years, including The Known World by Edward P. Jones; Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage; The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris; A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson, and all the books in the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells.
Visual Arts Fellowship Juror
Allison Glenn, Senior Curator and Director of Public Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Allison Glenn (she/her) is a curator and writer deeply invested in working closely with artists to develop ideas, artworks, and exhibitions that respond to and transform our understanding of the world. Glenn’s curatorial work focuses on the intersection of art and publics, through public art, biennials, and major new commissions by leading contemporary artists. She is one of the curators for the Counterpublic triennial, opening April 2023 in St. Louis.
Recently, she received substantial critical and community praise for her curatorial work in the groundbreaking exhibition at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky titled Promise, Witness, Remembrance. This year, Glenn was listed as one of the 2022 ArtNews Deciders and on the 2021 Observer Arts Power 50 List.