The fellows will be chosen by juror Laura Addison, the curator of North American and European folk art at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to moving to her current position in 2013, she was curator of contemporary art at the New Mexico Museum of Art for more than a decade. She is interested in the cross-pollination of categories such as folk art, craft, contemporary art, and design, and the elastic meanings of each of these terms. Her projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach, and a focus on diverse perspectives and mediums, according to a press release from the organization.
Before entering the museum field, Addison worked in art criticism, publishing, and art galleries. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, and her Master’s degree in Latin American Studies, with an emphasis on art history and photo history, from the University of New Mexico. She is presently completing coursework toward a Ph.D. in Art History, also from the University of New Mexico.
Gary Barton, a previous fellowship recipient, has said the program helped him grow as an artist because of the funding support, which allowed him to purchase tools and materials, as well as the intangible boost it gave him.
“Perhaps more valuable were the things learned in the process of completing the application, preparing work for the fellowship exhibitions, and working with and getting to know other artists and curators,” Barton said. “There is also a certain acknowledgement or validation that comes with the recognition of the fellowship. This can be significant. It can help to build confidence and open other doors for growth.”
Utah Arts & Museums is the oldest publicly funded state arts agency in the nation, with a tradition of recognition and support for individual artists. This tradition continues each year through the Visual Arts Fellowship Program, the press release said. For more information contact Lisa Greenhalgh, visual arts representative at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums at 801-245-7270.