Performing Arts & Visual Arts Fellows
Performing Arts & Visual Arts
We are delighted to introduce our 2021 Fellows!
Katlyn Addison, Performing Arts Fellow
Mitchell Barton, Visual Arts Fellow
Anthony Chen, Performing Arts Fellow
Russel Daniels, Visual Arts Fellow
Annelise Duque, Visual Arts Fellow
Solange Gomes, Performing Arts Fellow
Lorin Hansen, Performing Arts Fellow
Cristhian Hernandez, Performing Arts Fellow
Levi Jackson, Visual Arts Fellow
Anna Laurie Mackay, Visual Arts Fellow
Colour Maisch, Visual Arts Fellow
Mauro Romualdo, Performing Arts Fellow
The Individual Artist 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 four additional fellowships, for a total of twelve fellowships awarded to six performing artists and six visual artists.
2021 Fellowship Juror Statements
Performing Arts Fellowship Juror
Sarah McCaffery, Manager of Interdisciplinary Arts, Asia Society Museum
The artists who applied for the 2021 Performing Arts Fellowship demonstrated extraordinary talent. Applicants represented many roles across Utah’s dance field, including dancers, choreographers, educators, arts organizers, dance filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, and more.
The six fellowship awardees possess bold visions for the future of dance. Not only are the awardees exceptional dance professionals, but they are leaders and advocates for their respective forms. Recognizing the transformative power of dance, they have harnessed it to impact the lives of countless students, audiences, and community members. In the midst of extreme challenges, including a global pandemic and reckoning with systemic racism, the awardees find themselves at a pivotal moment of their careers. I look forward to following the work of these visionary dance artists and leaders to see how they will continue to inspire communities in Utah and beyond.
Visual Arts Fellowship Juror
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.
Fellowship Guidelines & Application
Review guidelines carefully before submitting your application. 2022 applications will open in January.
Performing arts disciplines will rotate every three years between dance, music, and theatre. This year will focus on theatre.