Through representation, curated exhibitions, and community programming, Modern West supports established and emerging contemporary artists who, in compelling and varied ways, reframe our understanding of the American West. Envisioned, constructed, and owned by community member Diane Stewart, the gallery opened in 2014 in downtown Salt Lake City and relocated further West, to a larger location, 412 South 700 West in 2019.

Modern West is a nexus for community engagement and artistic conversation. The Artist in Residency program's mission is to educate and inspire by fostering collaboration and cultivating community. The program is a platform for opportunities specifically for emerging and mid-career artists. We provide artists a flexible space for creation, interaction, and support. 

Artists will gain experience through critiques, workshops, interviews, and panel discussions throughout their residency. They will be encouraged to speak about their work and to build new connections with visitors and collectors. At the end of the residency, artists will have an opportunity to have their work featured in a solo exhibition Upstairs @Modern West or online exclusively. We review applications on an ongoing basis. Applications are kept on file when at capacity and the gallery will be in touch if selected. Thank you for your interest in our program. We invite your ideas and collaboration.



    While in residency, Emily Hawkins plans to develop a project she calls RE/PLAY, which is a series of relief images, drawings, paintings, and photographs that reference childhood. "The project constitutes an exploration of how we use time and the delight that comes when we allow ourselves to exist outside the pressure to be useful or productive and simply play,“ - Emily Hawkins


    Hawkins holds a BFA in photography from The University of Utah. She is a multidisciplinary artist who explores family life through abstract and lenses, questioning the expectations placed on mothers as family historians. Her work has appeared in several publications and gallery shows, including Marie Claire magazine and the Saranac Art Projects gallery. She currently lives in Utah with her partner and four children.

  • Colour Maisch

    Colour Maisch plans to use her residency to challenge her process through working in a new space and environment. “This will also help me think about permanency in a new way. I create work using an intuitive process of unfolding coupled with material awareness. I am interested in the intersection of beauty and degradation and often create works that speak to both worlds,” - Colour Maisch


    Maisch is a mixed media artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work is an intersection of organic and industrial materials explored through the process of mark making, salvaging and uncovering. Ultimately, her work aims to reveal the profound beauty and simultaneous tragic disintegration of living a human life. Maisch received her BA in Spanish and Political Science and her MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture. She has participated in several residencies including at UMOCA, Rio Mesa, and Huntsman Cancer Institute. She is also the recipient of a Visual Art Fellowship from the State of Utah as well as numerous career support grants.