Poetry Out Loud Competition
Recitation and performance are major new trends in poetry. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with our Literature Program to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

Statewide Annual Competition
Visual arts competitions and exhibitions have been a project of the state since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to all Utah artists and a forum from which the Permanent Collection Committee can make acquisition recommendations.

Original Writing Competition
This annual competition has won national respect because of the reputation of its judges and the honors received by its winners. For more than 50 years, this competition has honored some of Utah’s finest writers with public recognition, career assistance, and cash awards.

Visual Arts Fellowships
Fellowships are available for individual artists practicing crafts, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, artist’s bookmaking, and working in new genres, conceptual arts and video. Fellowship grants do not require matching funds.

DesignArts Competition & Exhibition
Through the DesignArts Competition, we proudly continue the annual salute and celebration of Utah’s designers with the annual exhibition DesignArts Utah.


Utah Arts & Museums awards over $1.7 Million dollars in grants every year to support and assist arts organizations, cultural organizations, and museums across the state of Utah. Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities, and artists. Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Bring us your great ideas!

Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies and folk artists. All grant applications must be submitted online. Registration is required to access grant applications and can be completed online at any time.

New to our online grants system? Call or email to request a new user profile:
Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at (801)236-7550 or or 
Racquel Cornali, Community Arts Coordinator, at (801)236-7541 or


OnStage in Utah
We recognize the important role of presenters in linking performing artists with Utah audiences.  The OnStage in Utah competitive funding is available to Utah presenters to support public performances and outreach of in-state or out-of-state performing artists.

Art Ops

ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include various funding sources, exhibitions, and residencies & professional development. Click on the menu items above for your interest area.


MuseOps are regional and national sources of potential funding and are listed only as a service. They are not administered by Utah Arts & Museums; review them carefully before applying. Only museum-specific opportunities are listed here.

Public Art Comissions

Public art helps bring the arts to all of the citizens of the state through the commission and installation of site-specific art for State public buildings. Find out more about current and upcoming calls for qualifications.

Cashe Valley Center for the Arts

"The Preservation Assessment gave us focus and direction and we were able to prioritize our projects. We were able to make some important changes quickly which had a great impact on our collection."

Teresa Orton, McQuarrie DUP