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.



    Modern West is pleased to introduce Jerrin Wagstaff as our next artist in residence from September 1 through November 30, 2021. An opening to celebrate the body of works created during the residency will be held November 19, 2021 from 6-8pm. All are invited to attend. In addition, Wagstaff will be teaching a workshop on October 23rd from 11am - 1pm.


    Jerrin Wagstaff’s paintings examine the nature of visual experience in the internet era, the anxiety of responding to a torrent of information and the complexities of living in an attention based economy. The artist draws upon images pulled from news media, staged catalogues, stadium events, and video stills from reality tv. Individual themes of the paintings drift between desire, loss, identity and how our attempt to cherry pick from the flood of information is both personal and universal. 


    While in residency at Modern West, Wagstaff plans to focus his work towards his growing interest in the upheaval in American culture and how American Mythologies shape the views and expectations of being an American. Their research will incorporate into the art making process critical perspectives of American exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and how American Identity is shaped by handed-down folklore.  


    “My practice involves making drawings, collages, and paintings. I plan to be working everyday at the gallery with the intent to put in the time to produce the best work possible. It is also important to me to be available to visitors of the gallery. I hope to be able to have a dialogue with them about the ideas surrounding the project and show them my work in progress.” - Jerrin Wagstaff


    Jerrin Wagstaff is an artist based in Salt Lake City, UT and Los Angeles, CA. Jerrin earned his Master of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach in 2006 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University in 2003.  Since graduating, his work has been featured in several solo and group shows locally and throughout the country at Another Year in LA, Los Angeles, CA, Nox Contemporary in Salt Lake City, UT, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, and CUAC Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to his professional art practice, for over a decade Jerrin has taught at various colleges and universities, is a contributor for The Contemporary Art Digest and a resident at the Guthrie Artist Studios in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.


    Modern West is pleased to introduce Adam Terry as our next artist in residence from October 1 through  December 23, 2021. An opening to celebrate the body of works created during the residency will be held Dec 3, 2021 from 6-8pm. All are invited to attend. 


    During his residency, Adam Terry plans to create multimedia artwork he refers to as ‘picture scores’ by  combining elements of darkroom photography processes, music composition, field recording, collage, and  painting. The resulting visual art will be paired with a one-of-a-kind musical composition created on-the-spot  in Southwestern landscapes and produced as a vinyl record. In addition, Adam will develop an immersive  experience Upstairs @ Modern West. Using visual projection and surround sound, he will create a physical  version of his ‘picture scores’ where gallery-goers can physically walk into the artwork and be plunged into  his world. 


    Popularly known as being a master DJ, Adam Michael Terry is also the founder and Creative Director of  FOUNTAINavm and a University of Utah in Film and Media Arts Alumni. He has been working for 20 years in  filmmaking, film scoring, photography, analog animation, design, and creative writing, music production,  multi instrumentation, DJing, and live music performance. Adam has over twenty projects released and  produced numerous music projects for other artists, films, commercials, and corporate endeavors. Terry has  written and live performed 3 original compositions for exhibits at UMOCA.