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Over the last few years, UMOCA has undertaken several initiatives to better serve the Utah arts community, including: the opening of our new Locals Only Gallery, the organization of our first exhibition of Utah artists for an out-of-state venue (last year's West of Center show in Los Angeles), and better integration of Utah and national artists in our group exhibitions.


Now, UMOCA is ready to take our support of Utah artists to the next level with our new Artist-in-Residence Program, the only long-term artist residency designed specifically to meet the needs of artists living in Utah. Utah artists will be selected primarily based on demonstrated artistic potential, commitment to working in a contemporary idiom, willingness to participate in a robust and intellectually-engaged community of artists, and readiness to devote the time necessary to advance their professional careers to the next level.      


UMOCA residents will receive a wide variety of benefits, including up to two years of free studio space inside the museum itself. UMOCA will also provide residents with private meetings with national curators, critics, and other art world professionals who will be brought to UMOCA specifically to give our residents opportunities for higher visibility inside and outside the state. In addition, UMOCA will support residents by offering workshops in professional development, monthly critiques, special access to visiting artists and lecturers, exhibition opportunities outside the museum, a week-long working vacation in rural Utah, and greater chances for community engagement.   


Our goal with the new residency program is to make it possible for Utah artists to pursue successful careers at the national level while maintaining their homes here in this state.


The UMOCA Artist-in-Residence Program will launch in the first quarter of 2013, so the application process will begin shortly. Be sure to visit our website for residency information, application requirements, and the application deadline.

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