Utah Arts & Museums Announces 12 Winners of Utah Artist Fellowships

Utah Arts & Museums has announced the 12 recipients of their 2012 Utah Artist Fellowships. The $5,000 unrestricted cash prizes were award to six Utah visual artists and six performing artists.

Allison Glenn, a New York-based curator and writer, juried the visual arts fellowships. “Through the jurying process, multiple themes began to emerge that I relied upon as cornerstones, or guideposts, toward my understanding of the key issues, concerns, and areas of interest for this region of the country,” Glenn said.

The Visual Arts fellows are:
Anna Evans (Helper)
Katherine Poleviyaoma (Kearns)
Jorge Rojas (Salt Lake City) (see our Utah’s 15 profile here)
Carol Sogard (Salt Lake City) (Sogard is part of this month’s Variant of Concern feature)
Fazilat Soukhakian (Bountiful) (see our 15 Bytes profile here)
Kalani Tonga (Midvale).

Kevin R. Free, a New York-based multidisciplinary artist who works as an actor, writer, director, and producer, was struck by the sense of community he found during the jurying process for the performing arts. When he became interested in one artist he found they had written a recommendation for another artists. “I was most impressed by this, as community is what I have sought to create in New York City, where there seem to be so many of us competing for the same very small piece of the pie,” Free said. “I found myself wanting to see shows at many of the places about which I learned.”

The Performing Arts Fellowship recipients are:
Penelope Caywood (Salt Lake City)
Shenelle Salcido (Salt Lake City)
Camille Washington (Ogden)
Mitsu Salmon (Salt Lake City)
Kelsie Jepsen (Salt Lake City)
Teresa Sanderson (Layton) (see a review of her current performance in Pygmalion’s Body Awareness here)

The Performing Arts and Visual Arts Fellowship programs are offered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, within the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement. More information is available at

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