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Individual Artist Fellowships

Performing Arts & Visual Arts

The Individual Artist Fellowship is a $5,000 unrestricted award to acknowledge and encourage the careers of established, professional Utah artists who are demonstrating exceptional creativity in the performing and visual arts. Eight fellows — four in performing arts and four in visual arts — will be selected to receive the fellowship award.

Applications for the 2021 Fellowship have now closed.

Fellows will be announced in April.

2021 Fellowships

Performing arts disciplines will rotate every three years between dance, music, and theatre. This year will focus on dance applicants.

Artists practicing in visual arts media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, installation, traditional arts, and new genres are eligible. New genres include video, sound, performance, and other media-based arts. Visual art must be a primary, significant, and integral component of the media.

2021 Fellowship Jurors

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Sarah McCaffery, New York | Performing Arts Fellowship juror

Sarah McCaffery is Manager of Interdisciplinary Arts at Asia Society Museum, New York. She oversees a diverse portfolio of art projects, including participatory performances, site-specific works, durational performance art, and immersive sound installations. Her projects include producing a virtual performance season as part of Asia Society’s inaugural Triennial and “Creative Common Ground,” an initiative that commissioned artists to create interdisciplinary performance works. She has worked with numerous artists from Asia and the Asian diaspora including anGie Seah, Melati Suryodarmo, Samita Sinha, and Susie Ibarra. For Asia Society’s first virtual season in 2020, she curated programming on the role of the arts and intersectionality in social transformation, featuring change makers from various disciplines including Ananya Chatterjea, Margo Okazawa-Rey, Nadine Naber, and Scott Kurashige.

McCaffery’s intercultural and interdisciplinary approach is shaped by her extensive background in the artistic process, including dance pedagogy, choreography, and performance. She has trained and performed in multiple dance styles, including ballet and contemporary dance. Formative to her movement philosophy was her training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she studied the body as site for rebellion, and the idea of dance as embodied liberation and power. McCaffery is active in cultural organizing and has participated in the Asia Art Archive in America’s Leadership program and the Association for Performing Arts Professionals’ Emerging Leaders Institute. She is pursuing an M.A. in art history at Hunter College, with a focus on performance and curatorial studies. As part of her program, she participated in a curatorial intensive led by the curator Koyo Kouoh at Raw Material Company, an arts center in Dakar, Senegal. She earned her B.A. from Duke University in political science, dance, and markets and management studies.

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Evan Garza, Washington D.c. | Visual Arts Fellowship juror

A native of Houston, Evan Garza is a Washington, D.C.–based curator and writer and is currently Co-curator and Artistic Director of the 2021 Texas Biennial. In Fall 2020 he served as visiting critic and adjunct graduate faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts). He is the former Director of Public Art at Rice University, where he served from 2016–2019 and oversaw major acquisitions of work by Sol LeWitt and Ursula von Rydingsvard and curated solo presentations by Nina Katchadourian, Erika Blumenfeld, Frederik De Wilde, and Jarrod Beck. Previously, Garza was Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin from 2014–2016, where he was managing curator of the exhibitions Warhol By the Book, Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s (2016), and WITNESS: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2015).

He is co-founder of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), a New York nonprofit and the first
LGBTQ artist residency in the United States, where he was Assistant Director from 2011-2015. Simultaneously, he served as Exhibitions and Public Programs Director at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2013, Garza was appointed to the Boston Art Commission by Mayor Marty Walsh, a discretionary appointment for distinguished service in the arts, where he served as commissioner until his return to Texas in late 2014.

Garza has curated several exhibitions nationally, including PAINT THINGS: Beyond the
Stretcher , co-curated with Dina Deitsch for deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2013), and william cordova: this one's 4U (pa' nosotros) at Boston Center for the Arts (2012). His writing has been published in several books and monographs, and by The Drawing Center, Flash Art, ART PAPERS, Hyperallergic, and Artforum.

Fellowship Guidelines & Application

Review guidelines carefully before submitting your application. 

Fellowship Professional Development Workshops

All fellowship applicants will be invited to participate in two professional development online workshops. These workshops will offer training and career preparation to build and maintain a thriving artistic practice.

Taxes for Artists, Freelancers and Creative Businesses with Hannah ColE, ENROLLED AGENT, of Sunlight Tax 

What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? Is my art a business or a hobby? What is a Schedule C? How do I deduct my home studio?  Why do freelancers have to pay taxes quarterly, and how do I do that? Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, and a tax and money columnist for the art blog Hyperallergic, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. She will discuss the basic tax equation, self employment tax and the estimated quarterly tax system, audit concerns for the creative person, and other tax issues specifically relevant to artists and makers, followed by a question and answer period. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax, which specializes in friendly, informative tax preparation for artists, and engaging, art-world savvy tax education workshops for artist groups.

This workshop will be held on May 6, 12 PM - 2 PM. Invitation will be sent out to applicants upon submitting their fellowship application. 

Additional workshops to be announced soon.


Jason Bowcutt
Performing Arts Manager

Nancy Rivera
Visual Arts Coordinator