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2021 Mayor's Artist Awards

Since 1992, the Utah Arts Festival in conjunction with the Salt Lake City Arts Council and the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office have recognized contributions to our community through the Mayor's Artist Awards. The 2021 Mayor’s Artist Award recipients have done extensive work to benefit the Salt Lake City community and other communities beyond our own. They have deeply enriched the cultural landscape of our City and the lives of our citizens.

The Mayor’s Artist Awards will be presented on Friday, August 27, at 6pm on the Festival Stage.

2021 Recipients

Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA)

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Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA) is a grassroots cultural organization dedicated to arts, justice, belonging, and community power. MICA was founded in 2003 by Ruby Chacón and Terry Hurst as a platform for underrepresented artists and communities to tell their stories and build together. For almost two decades, our interdisciplinary programs and exhibitions have showcased emerging and established artists and provided hundreds of west side youth with a creative space to engage in activism and art. Previously located inside Mestizo Coffeehouse, MICA now collaborates with Sugar Space Arts Warehouse and other west side partners.

Lisa Sewell

Lisa Sewell

Over her 25-year career with UAF, 14 as its director, Lisa’s work brought people together, supported economic growth and bolstered the creative economy. Lisa developed innovations such as the Urban Arts, Fear No Film, and Art & Technology programs. She is a champion of the arts as well as our city, who ensured audiences saw the best artists the nation and our community have to offer. In 2020 Lisa stepped down from her position with UAF to start a new business as a professional organizer. During her free time, she continues to swim, bike, run, knit, and garden.

Framework Arts

Framework Arts

Framework Arts is a local, project-based, non-profit organization founded on the belief that youth should play a vital role in building and engaging in a creative community. Since 2014, Framework Arts has supported arts programming in community and school settings. We assert that through the arts youth should be taught to simultaneously love and critique their everyday existence. Recent projects include Work, Love, The League of Reluctant Bicyclists, the Wisdom of the Water Closet, and Water, which is currently on display at the UMFA as part of Confluence.

Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of six books of poetry and four books of prose, most recently Nightingale, published in 2019 by Copper Canyon Press, and Appropriate: A Provocation, published by W.W. Norton in 2021. Her work has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship Trust, and various state arts councils. Her poetry has been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry series, and she was guest editor for Best American Poetry 2020. She is Utah’s poet laureate, and creator and editor of the web archive projects Mapping Literary Utah and Mapping Salt Lake City, as well as the digital poem West: A Translation, which documents the transcontinental railroad.

Dallas Graham, Red Fred Project Executive Director & Publisher

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Dallas Graham is a fortysomething, Salt Lake City creative interested in books, birds, stories, children, kindness, photography, letters, yoga, punctuation marks, giant eggs, compassion, making hummus, collaborations, and hiking with others. He believes there are many ways to approach problem-solving, especially when you’re working with people who care about other people. Dallas is a publisher and the executive director of the Red Fred Project and is currently creating life-legacies, in the form of children’s books, with kids living with critical illnesses and rare diseases. “We are producing the greatest stories ever told.”

 

Past Recipients

Since 1992, the Utah Arts Festival in conjunction with the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office has recognized contributions to our community through the Mayor's Artist Awards. Listed below are past recipients.

Please contact Claire Taylor, Visual Arts Coordinator at the Salt Lake City Arts Council, with any questions at .

2020

Clever Octopus
Shandra Benito
1520 Arts
Pilar Pobil
Brittany Reese

2019

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Margaret Willis
UMFA's ACME
Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls
Ed Napia

2018

ART EDUCATION – Joe Marotta
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL – Kerri Hopkins
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION – The Utah Arts Alliance (UAA)
LITERARY ARTS – Ann Poore

2017

VISUAL ARTS – Geri Cordova
ARTS EDUCATION – Lynn Hoffman-Brouse
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL – Shawn Kane
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION – Gifted Music School
PERFORMING ARTS – Susan Memmott Allred

2016

VISUAL ARTS – Kathryn Stats
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL – Betsy Burton
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION – Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION – Utah Tibetan Association
PERFORMING ARTS – Jason Hardink
SPECIAL RECOGNTION FOR ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY – The Utah Arts Festival

2015

VISUAL ARTS - Tony Smith and Claudia Sisemore
LITERARY ARTS - Jeff Metcalf
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Kent Miles
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION - Plan-B Theatre Company

2014

VISUAL ARTS – Ken Baxter
PERFORMING ARTS – Ashley Anderson
LITERARY ARTS - Utah Humanities Council Book Festival
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Craig Miller
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION - Artists of Utah

2013

VISUAL ARTS - Karen Horne
PERFORMING ARTS - Mary Ann Lee
LITERARY ARTS - Bryan Young
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Frank McEntire
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION - RadioWest

2012

VISUAL ARTS - Cara Despain
PERFORMING ARTS - Madeleine Choir School
LITERARY ARTS - Pat Bagley
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Jean Irwin
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION - SLCC Community Writing Center

2011

PERFORMING ARTS - Charles Frost
VISUAL ARTS - Trent Alvey
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Carol Edison
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Ruth Lubbers
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION - Book Arts Program

2010

VISUAL ARTS - Teresa Flowers
PERFORMING ARTS - Richard Scott
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Dan Miller
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Jeff Lambson
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION - Saltgrass Printmakers

2009

PERFORMING ARTS – Keven Myhre
VISUAL ARTS – Sam Wilson
LITERARY ARTS – Joel Long
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION – Heart & Soul
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION – Project 337

2008

PERFORMING ARTS - Jerry Rapier
VISUAL ARTS - Edward Bateman
LITERARY ARTS - Lisa Bickmore
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION - Utah Cultural Alliance
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL - Maria Garciaz

2007

PERFORMING ARTS – Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
VISUAL ARTS – Ruby Chacon
LITERARY ARTS – Alex Caldiero
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN ORGANIZATION – Salt Lake Art Center
SERVICE TO THE ARTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL – Daryl Drage

2006

SERVICE TO THE ARTS – Jerry & Jean LaSarre Gardner
VISUAL ARTS – Bonnie Sucec
SERVICE TO THE ARTS – Ken Sanders

2004

PERFORMING ARTS – Stephen Brown
VISUAL ARTS – Valerie Parker Price
VISUAL ARTS – Shawn Rossiter
SERVICE TO THE ARTS – Walt Hunter

2003

PERFORMING ARTS - Herschel Bullen
VISUAL ARTS - V. Kim Martinez
LITERARY ARTS - Eileen Hallett Stone
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - Spy Hop Productions

2002

VISUAL ARTS - Susan Makov
LITERARY ARTS - Melissa Bond
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - DeWayne Sessions
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - Cordell Taylor

2001

PERFORMING ARTS - Carolyn Wood
VISUAL ARTS - Michael Moonbird & Victoria Lyons
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - Art Access/VSA arts of Utah
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - Marian Iwasaki & I.J. “Izzy” Wagner

2000

PERFORMING ARTS - Jim Moreno
VISUAL ARTS - Kent Rigby
LITERARY ARTS - Jeffrey Berke
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - Victoria Panella Bourns

1999

PERFORMING ARTS - Nancy Borgenicht & Allen Nevins
VISUAL ARTS - Brent Herridge
LITERARY ARTS - Stephen Ruffus
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - Cary Stevens Jones

1998

PERFORMING ARTS - Linda Call Smith
VISUAL ARTS - Ed Dolinger
LITERARY ARTS - Neil Hollands
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - Bonnie Phillips

1997

PERFORMING ARTS - Rita Bankhead
VISUAL ARTS - Paul Heath
LITERARY ARTS - Sandy Anderson
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - KRCL 91FM

1996

PERFORMING ARTS - Tina Misaka
VISUAL ARTS - Carleen Jimenez
LITERARY ARTS - Hector Ahumada
SERVICE TO THE ARTS - Kathy Wilson

1995

PERFORMING ARTS - Jimmy & Beth Miklavcic
VISUAL ARTS - Willy Littig
LITERARY ARTS - Francois Camoin

1994

PERFORMING ARTS - Joe Pitti
VISUAL ARTS - Elaine Harding
LITERARY ARTS - Katharine Coles

1993

PERFORMING ARTS - Frances Pruyn
VISUAL ARTS - John Schaefer
LITERARY ARTS - Terry Tempest Williams

1992

PERFORMING ARTS - Barbara Scowcroft
VISUAL ARTS - Stephen Goldsmith
LITERARY ARTS - Aden Ross

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