Each year Salt Lake City’s Rio Gallery showcases the visual artists awarded the Utah Arts Council’s Individual Artist Grant. This year’s exhibit will continue through April 19, 2002. The Rio Gallery is located in the south end of the Rio Grande Depot just south of the Gateway on 310 South Rio Grande Street (455 West) and is open Monday through Friday, 9-5. Each artist in this exhibit received a $1200 grant in 2001 to help fund supplies, travel, or workshops to further their artistic and professional career.
The artists who received grants this year are:
Visual: Alex Bigney, James Charles, Dana Costello, Lenka Konopasek, Lori Nelson, Steve Stones
Craft: Sue Cotter, Kathleen Royster, Maryann Webster
Photography: Daniel Arsenault
Ethnic: Earl Denet
The Utah Artist Endowment awards approximately 20 Individual Artist Grants each year. Professional artists of all disciplines (visual, performing, media, literature, etc.) may apply for up to $1200 to aid in their creative and professional development.
Applicants are reviewed by discipline-specific peer panels, approved by a board committee, and ratified by the Utah Arts Council board of directors. Reviewers are recognized for expertise in their discipline as well as for their broad understanding of contemporary and ethnic art. Grants are based on artistic merit rather than need.
There are two deadlines per year for Artist Grant applications: the first weekday of June and the first weekday of October. For further information about these grants and how to apply, please visit: http://www.arts.utah.gov/ias/iasgrants.html
Laura Durham works for KUED Channel-7 in the Creative Services Department, curating community engagement projects for both PBS and KUED productions that foster trust and value to the communities in Utah. She also produces Contact with Mary Dickson and Contact in the Community — a digital series featuring arts and culture groups in Utah. Prior to her work at KUED, Laura spent 15 years at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums in the visual arts program and later managing communications, branding, marketing, and public value projects for all arts and museums programming. She has served the Utah community in various capacities with her role as Vice President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association and Program Director for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. She lives in Salt Lake City, sings with Utah Chamber Artists, and loves to contribute to 15 Bytes as often as time allows.