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Spring 2021 Collections Engagement Grants awardees announced

Awardees study a variety of subjects.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) and the J. Willard Marriott Library are pleased to announce the recipients of Collections Engagement Grants for spring 2021. These awards are part of “Landscape, Land Art and the American West,” a joint research and engagement initiative between the UMFA and the Marriott Library supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and matching funds from the University of Utah.

The following projects were selected to expand collections-based teaching, learning, and research across campus:

  • “A Sense of Place: Responses to Belonging in the American West”: Al Denyer, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, Department of Art and Art History
  • “The Once Upon a Time State of the School of the State: Constructions and Entanglements of Landscapes, Bodies, and the Arts on the University of Utah Campus, circa 1970”: Steven Chodoriwsky, Visiting Assistant Professor in Multi-Disciplinary Design, College of Architecture and Planning
  • “Utah Immigration Stories: Connecting Past to Present through Art and Photography”: Ana Carolina Antunes, Lecturer, Gender Studies and Youth Leadership & Engagement Coordinator, Utah Neighborhood Partners
  • “An Inventory of Affects: William Bartram’s Travels and Mark Dion’s “Travels . . . Reconsidered”: Lisa Swanstrom, Associate Professor of English
  • “Building a Method for a Comparative Iconography of Pacific Islanders and Native Americans in Utah: Illuminating Shared Experiences”: Jake Fitisemanu, Associate Instructor, Ethnic Studies, and Adrian Viliami Bell, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • “Sounds, Sedimentations, and Sanctuaries: An Assemblage Approach”: Andy Hoffmann, University of Utah Honors College
  • “Unearthing the Future: Experiential Art Education in the Great Basin”: Joshua Graham, Adjunct Professor, Department of Art & Art History

For more information on each project and the Collections Engagement Grants program, please visit