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Visual Arts Fellowship 

We are delighted to introduce our 2021 Fellows!

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Mitchell Barton, Visual Arts Fellow

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Russel Daniels, Visual Arts Fellow

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Annelise Duque, Visual Arts Fellow

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Levi Jackson, Visual Arts Fellow

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Anna Laurie Mackay, Visual Arts Fellow

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Colour Maisch, Visual Arts Fellow

Evan Garza, Co-curator and Artistic Director, 2021 Texas Biennial

This is a precarious moment in which to look at, examine, and make works of art. After the events of the last year––namely the protests following the murder of George Floyd, the violence at the U.S. Capitol, and more than a year of quarantine amid a deadly global pandemic––it is an uncertain moment in which to simply exist in American society. And, like spring, it is also a moment of incredible hope, renewal, and dramatic change. The applicants to this year’s Utah Visual Arts Fellowship reflect the rich diversity of Utah’s artists and their various communities and cultural identities. I was excited to see the work of artists at various points in their professional career, from artists just out of graduate school to self-taught mid- and late-career artists working in several disciplines. 

The winners of this year’s Utah Visual Arts Fellowship––Mitchell Barton, Annelisse Duque, Russell Albert Daniels, Levi Jackson, Anna Laurie Mackay, and Colour Maisch––are indicative of the depth, breadth, and quality of artistic talent found in Utah. They also reflect the cultural, generational and disciplinary diversity of this year’s applicant pool. The winners’ respective practices reflect the shifting artistic, social, and cultural landscape of Utah and the United States and their historical and political undercurrents. 

Artists like Russell Albert Daniels and Annelisse Duque each use their practice as a means of exploring and deeply examining their cultural heritage, Native American and Filippino-American respectively, while establishing their own unique voices in the process. The sculptural work of Colour Maisch is interested in what often goes unseen and exists beneath the surface, exploring and creating new forms in the process. Mitchell Barton’s interdisciplinary practice repurposes web development tools and digital media to explore and distort meaning and potentiality. Levi Jackson explores our relationship to the land and the natural landscape through video and sumptuous photographs which combine the Earth and manmade objects. Anna Laurie Mackay’s delicate works on silk tissue paper demonstrate the fragility and temporality of memory. The respective practices of the 2021 Utah Visual Arts Fellows reflect the incredible diversity of artistic practice in Utah, incredible quality of work, and themes deeply relevant to contemporary discourse.

About the Fellowship

The Visual Arts 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.

This year, due to the financial stress of the pandemic on artists, we have decided to award two additional fellowships, for a total of six Visual Arts Fellows.

Fellowship Guidelines 2021


The Visual Arts Fellowship is an unrestricted award to acknowledge and encourage the career of established, professional Utah artists that are demonstrating exceptional creativity in the visual arts.

The Fellowship Program seeks to support professional and committed artists reaching pivotal moments in their artistic practice, as well as their career advancement and growth. Applicants are expected to demonstrate why now is the appropriate time in their career for this one-time award.

Candidates for the Visual Artist Fellowship are identified through an open application process. All eligible applications receive equal consideration through a two-round review process (pre-screen review and juror review).

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

Background and Purpose

Since 1986 the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) has awarded the Visual Arts Fellowship to professional visual artists in Utah to acknowledge their artistic excellence. This fellowship is awarded based on review by prominent visual arts professionals outside of Utah. The 2021 Visual Arts Fellowship will award four $5,000 fellowships.

Utah Arts & Museums is the oldest publicly funded state arts agency in the nation, with beginnings legislated in 1899. From its inception, the visual arts have been an integral component in fulfilling the goals of the agency to increase awareness and understanding of the public value of arts and culture, as well as invest in communities by strengthening the arts and cultural infrastructure. The tradition of recognition and support of excellence continues for individual artists through the Visual Arts Fellowship Program.


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.

Artists may be deemed ineligible if these criteria are not met. Narrative and documentary filmmakers are ineligible. Artists whose primary practice is performing arts (music, dance, acting) may be eligible for the Performing Arts Fellowship. More info here.

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements to apply.

  • Must be 25 or older at the time of the deadline.
  • Artists must be originators of work submitted.
  • Must be a Utah resident two years prior to application (70% physical presence in Utah for one year prior).
  • Previous fellowship award recipients may not apply. Artists can only receive one fellowship (Visual Arts or Performing Arts) in their lifetime.    
  • Individuals enrolled in any undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree-granting program are not eligible to apply.
  • Artist teams are not eligible to apply.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal resident status. (Payment for the fellowship will require a valid Social Security number to be provided at the time of the fellowship award disbursement.)
  • Immediate families, board or committee members, and employees of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums are not eligible.

*Fellowship recipients are responsible for all applicable federal taxes. We urge that you keep all receipts and other appropriate records for tax filing purposes. Please consult a tax accountant with questions; we unfortunately cannot advise on tax matters.


UA&M promotes equity that involves all people, including those who have been historically underrepresented in policy-making and fair access to resources.

If you require a paper application, you can print your application and mail it to our office, along with a USB drive of images/videos. Please do not use staples, paper clips, or include any extraneous awards, pamphlets, or promotional materials. They will not be sent to the juror. Please only use this method if you have difficulties with an internet connection or uploads. Postmark deadline for mailed applications is Monday, March 1.

Application forms can be mailed to: 
Visual Arts Fellowship Program

Utah Arts & Museums

617 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Review Process

Round 1 - Prescreen
Applications are reviewed by staff for completion, eligibility, and adherence to published guidelines. Applicants meeting eligibility requirements but whose applications are found to be incomplete will be contacted and given the opportunity to withdraw and resubmit their application. 

Round 2 -  Juror review
The juror will evaluate image work samples, artist statement, artistic accomplishments, creative contributions, and dedication to the field of visual arts via your CV/Resume. Four fellowship awardees will be selected by the juror and notified by UA&M staff via email. Fellows will be announced publicly in mid-April.


Evan Garza is a Washington, DC-based curator, writer, and critic. From 2016–2019, he was Director of Public Art at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he oversaw a collection of more than 25 major public artworks. Previously, Garza served as Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2011–2014, he simultaneously served as Co-founder and Assistant Director of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), a New York nonprofit and the first residency program in the world exclusively for LGBTQ+ artists, and Exhibitions and Public Programs Director at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Professional Development

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. 

Workshop I | 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.

Workshop II | Business Basics for Visual Artists

Please join us for a presentation by fine art attorney, Sarah Conley Odenkirk.  Sarah will talk about business basics for visual artists, focusing on topics like maintaining business records, selling your work, dealing with galleries and protecting your intellectual property.   Come to this session chock-filled with practical information and bring your questions!

This workshop will be held on May 19, 11:30 PM - 1 PM.


Submissions open - 2022 dates TBA
Application online info sessions - 2022 dates TBA
Submissions close - 2022 dates TBA
Artists notified of results via email - 2022 dates TBA
Professional development sessions begin - 2022 dates TBA

How To Apply

The 2021 Fellowship application period is now closed. The 2022 Fellowship applications will open in January.

Submittable helpful hints:

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  • Once you click the "submit" button on the fillable form, you cannot go back and edit your application. You do, however, have the option to withdraw a submission and start over. As with any online submission form, it is advisable to review the questions and information that are required and complete them in a savable document, then cut and paste them into the form to prevent loss of data. If you are having technical difficulties, call Submittable at (855) 467-8264, ext. 2.
  • There is an individual attachment limit of 400 MB and a cumulative attachment limit of 800 MB per application on Submittable.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following information.

  1. Bio: Maximum 300 words.
    A professional bio written in the third-person. May include the medium you work in, key themes found in your art practice, art related education, awards, significant past or current projects, where you are from, and where you live and work.

  2. Artist’s statement:  Minimum 250 words, maximum of 500 words.
    A statement written in the first-person describing your art practice and the overarching concepts behind it.

  3. Description of intent: Maximum 300 words.
    Please describe why this fellowship award is important to your artistic practice and development.

  4. Images or video of artworks:
    1. You may submit a maximum of 10 images of artwork from the last five years (2015 – 2020).
    2. In the Submittable form, you will be required to list the title, medium, year completed, and dimensions of images/videos.
    3. There is an area for an optional description of the images or video files. Please do not exceed the word count maximum of 50 words.
    4. There is an area to enter your website or social media artist profile, this is optional, the juror may select to review it or not.
    5. For new media artists submitting videos: You may upload only one video with a maximum run time of 10 minutes. The video may contain up to 5 individual work samples. Installation shots and stills may be part of the video if they are a component of the new media work (video, installation, etc.). Artists submitting a video may upload only 5 still images of other works in addition. Still image submissions are intended to be additional works that are not part of the works shown in the video (2D, sculpture, etc.). Video applicants may also include a link to their video via a platform such as Vimeo or Youtube in the description section.

  5. Professional CV: Maximum of eight pages. It may include:
    1. Education
    2. Documentation of exhibition history 
    3. Awards/grants  
    4. Commissions/collections   
    5. Publications   
    6. Gallery representation

Jane Christensen, Wave Sequence

Past Fellowship Recipients

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