Monday, August 17, 2009

Utah Arts Council Fellowships

$10,000 for Visual Arts Excellence in Utah

Fellowships are available for individual artists practicing crafts, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, artist's bookmaking, and working in new genres, conceptual arts and video. Fellowship grants do not require matching funds.

Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their art through quality images and documentation. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.

Deadline: September 11, 2009

Download Application Here

Josh Winegar. 2009 Fellowship Recipient.

Friday, July 24, 2009 call for entries

It’s time again to take the pulse of Utah’s young generation of artists. In 2002, Artists of Utah opened its first 35 x 35 exhibition. Held at Artspace Forum Gallery, the exhibit presented works by thirty-five Utah artists under the age of 35, ranging from contemporary landscapes to large-scale multi-media pieces. After 7 years, Artists of Utah is once again bringing the younger generation of Utah artists into the spotlight. This exhibit, to be held at the Salt Lake Arts Council’s Finch Lane Gallery in September, will consider all modes of artistic expression alive in Utah, from photography and painting, to video works and performance.

Submission deadline is August 15, 2009. You will also find the call for entries and information about the exhibit online at

If (like our board members) you're already old enough to run for president, please forward this call to your younger friends, colleagues and students.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Standing Still Standing

What: Standing Still Standing

Where: Provo Theatre Company (105 East 100 North)

Why: In the last year or so, there has been an influx of new plays premiering in the Provo area. To the surprise of virtually everyone involved, many of them are really, QUITE good. This one has the creative team of one of the most successful, Little Happy Secrets, behind it, as well as people who've worked on local shows such as Rabbit Hole, The Fading Flower, and BYU's popular Divine Comedy group. This new comedy is bound to set the standards for new play development in Provo area even higher.

When: July 10th-July 27th - Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Mondays at 7:30 PM. (Running time for the show is approximately 90 minutes.)

How: Tickets are $12 general admission (Thursday – Saturday, Monday). Preview tickets are $5. Student/Senior discount is $2 off the regular ticket price with a valid ID. Group rates of 5 or more are available. Advanced purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. To purchase tickets or for more information visit or

Who: The creative team has given their production a PG-rating for mature themes, mild language, and brief drug references.
A press release for Standing Still Standing describes the show:

Moving between the waking world, the online community, and dreams, Standing Still Standing is the story of a marriage under siege from illness and insecurity. Ben and Grace have been married for three years—he’s slept through two. At least, that’s how it feels when you’re only awake three hours out of the day and the rest are filled with visions of Billy Joel, the Pope, and a cheese woman from Minnesota. Standing Still Standing is a comedy about love and life…and staying awake for both.

For more information, check out the show's blog at (be sure to check out the hillarious Jen Vlogs series). Also, for those of you interested in the creative process, be sure to attend the production's free post-show discussions on Thursdays, July 16 and 23; Saturday matinees, July 11, 18 and 25; and Mondays, July 13, 20 and 27.

Standing Still Standing is produced by Bluelight Stage and Leilani Productions with additional support from the New Play Project and Brigham Young University Experimental Theatre Company.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hope this isnt too narcissistic of me but... Check this out!

This is from Square Magazine, taken down in the Sego Studios. And yes the picture to the right is me, but I am not the one painting it. I cant help it if other people think I'm that cool.

Below is the text of the article but check out the full issue online!

Conrad Nebeker
by Jamie Robinson
Over the past few years, the beautification of Provo’s Downtown has become the artistic brainchild of artist Conrad Nebeker because of his belief that art unifies and beautifies a community. Conrad is not only the Art Director of the Downtown Business Alliance, but also a successful painter, whose large paintings dot the map across Utah and a few other states.
J.R. What have you been up to these days?
C.N. These past few weeks I have been involved in setting up the “art chase,” which is a special edition of the gallery stroll. We encourage locals to go around to every single art gallery, and you are entered in a drawing to win prizes if you go to all seventeen galleries.
J.R. Where do you see downtown Provo in five years?
C.N. In five years? I want to see it as bustling as any downtown can be. I’d like to see everything full. I’d like to see artwork up in public places. I’d like to see Center Street really grow in the gallery stroll to really get people going to not only appreciate the arts, but also support local businesses as well.
J.R. What is your personal favorite part of downtown Provo?
C.N. I’d say the old buildings. Unfortunately, in the past some have been taken down. We try and help restore old ones to their historic nature and help local businesses and galleries move in. A recent study showed that 17% of these historic buildings are vacant.
J.R. Word on the street is, your favorite TV show is The Office. What character is most like you, and why?
C.N. I relate best with Andy…dumb pranks, and kind of obtuse humor.
J.R. Do the clothes make the man?
C.N. Yes, they do.
J.R. What else do you want the world to know?
C.N. Art is the integral part of a successful downtown, and it’s great to see people get excited as they get involved with it. I personally am excited for the downtown; it has a lot going for it. The arts are just a great way to communicate with people and create a unity that is self-sustaining, and it keeps people involved within that community.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Mountain West Conference on the Arts, May 7

Utah Arts Council

Thursday, May 7, 2009
7:00 - 12:30 pm
Registration Open
7:00 am
Continental Breakfast
7:50 - 8:00 am Welcome Address
8:00 - 9:00 am

Caucus Session
Needs Assessment for the Arts Community
Richard Sline, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Communication, Weber State University
9:00 - 9:15 am
9:15 - 10:30 am
Sessions, Workshops, Briefings

Arts & Aging: The Older Adult as an Under-Appreciated Asset in the Creative Economy
Barbara Drake - RSVP/Bridges Program Manager, Salt Lake County Aging Services
Ron Frederickson, Ph.D. - Professor of Theatre Emeriuts Emporia State University: Adjunct Faculty, University of Utah Theatre Department
Jayne Luke - Artistic Director, Walk-Ons Inc.

Utah's Creative Economy: Picturing Yourself in the New Cultural Landscape (Session repeats)
Holly Sidford - President, Helicon Collaborative

Ten Mega-Trends Affecting the Arts
Kelly Barsdate - Chief Program & Planning Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, NASAA

Creating the Mural: Art as a Catalyst for Community Revitalization
Lily Yeh - Founding Director, Barefoot Artists, Inc.
Ruby Chacon - Freelance Community Artist, Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA) Board Chair/Volunteer Co Director

10:30 - 10:45 am

10:45 - 12:00 pm
Sessions, Workshops, Briefings

Imagining Effective Residencies
Erik Stern - Professor, Dance at Weber State University: Co-artistic Director, Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble

Utah's Creative Economy: Picturing Yourself in the New Cultural Landscape (Repeat session)
Holly Sidford - President, Helicon Collaborative

Social Networking and the Arts: Making it Work for You
Pete Codella, APR - Owner / Partner, Codella Marketing
Brian Seethaler - Director, Redirect Community

Local Arts Council Summit: Navigating the Arts Stimulus Funding (All conference attendees welcome)
Shannon Daut - Deputy Director, Western States Arts Federation
Lynnette Hiskey - Assistant Director, Division of Arts and Museums
Katie Woslager - Grants Manager, Division of Arts and Museums
Nancy Boskoff - Director, Salt Lake City Arts Council
12:00 - 1:15 pm

Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards Luncheon

Poetry Out Loud
Janna Tessman, 2009 POL state champion

State of the Arts Address
Margaret Hunt, Director, Utah Division of Arts and Museums

Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards
An event honoring dedicated leaders in our community who continually strive to inspire and support the arts.
1:15 - 2:15 pm
Keynote Address
"Healing and Community Building Through Creative Action"

Lily Yeh
Artist, social change activist, founder- The Village of Arts and Humanities, and Barefoot Artists

“When I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that comes from the heart and reflects the pain and sorrow of people's lives. It also expresses joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community in which people are reconnected with their families, sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other and will together raise and educate their children. Then we witness social change in action.” - Lily Yeh
2:15 - 2:45 pm

2:45 - 3:45 pm

Sessions, Workshops, Briefings

Arts Reality Check, Utilizing the Resources You Possess: An In-Depth Conversation
Kim Konikow - Founder, artservices & company

Your Complex Audience: Looking at the Full Profile of Ticket Buyers
Diane Stern - Director of Office of Cultural Affairs, Weber State University
Wally Bloss - Executive Director Cache Valley Center for the Arts

A Life in the Arts: Inspiration and Sustainability
Doug Fabrizio (Moderator) - Host, KUER Radio West
Anne Cullimore Decker - Actor, Director, Teacher, Arts Advocate
Ardean Watts
Joan J. Woodbury - Managing Director, Co-Founder Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Video of Marisa Olson's lecture at Sego

Check out the video recording for the April show FORMS OF MELANCHOLY