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Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artists Awards honor art educators, advocates and writer

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is pleased to announce the winners of the Mayor’s Artists Awards, which will be presented in conjunction with the Utah Arts Festival on Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Washington Square. This award was created more than 25 years ago to honor individuals and organizations who have made a positive impact to the creative community of Salt Lake City. Recipients were selected from a pool of nominations and will be honored at the awards ceremony.

“Salt Lake City is known for the vibrant art community that expands our cultural diversity and makes our City a wonderful place to live,” says Mayor Biskupski. “I am pleased to recognize these individual and organizations for their contributions. The Utah Arts Festival embodies what is great about the arts and is the perfect venue for this award.”

This year’s recipients include:

Ann Poore, Literary Arts

Through her writing about the arts, Ann Poore has helped hundreds of artists with proposals, resumes, artist’s statements and other types of writing to further their careers, express their own thoughts and explain their working methods. Her work with artists and the arts in general spans decades. As major newspapers in the state dropped coverage in the visual arts, Poore, who worked most of her career at the The Salt Lake Tribune, has found ways to bring artists’ stories and work to the public, most recently through the online magazine 15 Bytes. Her talent isn’t only focused on the visual arts, but also covers literature, architecture, performance and film. Utah’s cultural strength is rooted in Salt Lake City, and citizens come to know and be enriched by the art makers among them through the feature articles and criticism of dedicated writers like Ann Poore.

Utah Arts Alliance, Service to the Arts–Organization

The Utah Arts Alliance (UAA) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year as it continues its mission of fostering the arts in all forms in order to create an aware, empowered and connected community. The UAA serves Utah through its programs and cultural facilities including the SLC Arts Hub, the Art Factory, the Urban Arts Gallery and Counterpoint Studios. The organization also hosts events including the Urban Arts Festival, Mural Fest and Illuminate – Utah’s Light Art and Tech Festival. This year the UAA launched KUAA 99.9 FM, a new cultural and multilingual radio station that serves Salt Lake City’s diverse community voices. The UAA is an innovative leader in Utah making arts programing and events accessible and affordable to artists and the public. For more info visit

Kerri Hopkins, Service to the Arts—Individual

Kerri Hopkins is an advocate, educator and administrator with a passion for working in the arts across a broad range of communities. She has lived on the west side for over a decade, which was an easy decision for her to make after working on projects with youth in Glendale while pursuing her MFA in film studies. Much of her work since then has taken place through directing the ArtsBridge program at the University of Utah. Hopkins connects students from the university with young people in public schools and other community sites in and around Salt Lake City. Through this integrated program, young and professional artists have great opportunities to experience first-hand the change art can bring to a community, but above all, how art can empower a person. She is also the national director of the ArtsBridge America program. Hopkins currently serves on the board of Framework Arts and is wrapping up her six-year term on the board of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, where she has spent the last two years as chair.

Joe Marotta, Arts Education

Joe Marotta has been a professor of photography at the University of Utah for 40 years and is retiring this year. He has also exhibited and collected photographs extensively and his work can be seen in many publications. His photographs explore the concept of time, the way we experience its passing and how that experience seems to be accelerating in the 21st century. Marotta has taught those concepts to thousands of students: how best to use a film camera, combined with the fine art of developing and printing still pictures. He has evolved his techniques more recently using digital technology. Marotta has also written grants so students could have the latest equipment to learn their craft. He was recently recognized with the Honored Educator Award at the West/Southwest Regional Conference of the Society of Photographic Education.

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