As has happened with many before her, Jan Andrews’ epiphany came in the desert. She was in the Sinai studying the Bedouin for an anthropological project when she became convinced that her future lay in images rather than words. She returned to her home in Utah, began learning the craft of filmmaking, and has pursued the artform for the past three decades. True to her conversion Andrews she has always searched to put the visuals first, whether creating video art or documentaries. She has received numerous awards in both categories. Her most recent documentary, on poet Joseph Brodsky, was an official selection of the 2010 Venice Film Festival, and a 2010 Visual Arts Fellowship was awarded to her from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums for her video art.
In this video interview Andrews discusses both forms, including two of the works submitted for the Fellowship application.
The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.