Partners Artist Mentoring

Program Founded in 1994 by Art Access

The Partners Program serves artists with disabilities and other adults with life circumstances that preclude them from fully participating in the arts community. Talented adult artists with disabilities are matched with professional artists for one-on-one mentoring. Participating apprentice artists receive guidance on developing technique and make vital connections to the local arts community -- fostering growth and creating possibility for skillful and rewarding participation in the arts.

Upon completion of a minimum of 25-hours of mentoring, apprentice and mentor celebrate the completion of their work in a side-by-side group program exhibition in Art Access Gallery.

As a follow-up to their mentoring experience (or in concurrence with), apprentice artists are encouraged to attend our Adult Art Workshops tuition-free in order to further develop their art educations.

Apprentice Requirements: Consideration for an apprentice position requires an in-person interview and submission of a portfolio. To request an appointment for yourself or someone you know, please contact Amanda Finlayson at 801-328-0703, opt. 5 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2013 Apprentice & Mentor Artists (respectively) include:

Phil Cannon and Jared Nielsen in printmaking
Keaton Buck and Sarinda Jones in fused glass
Lisa Jacobsen and Susan Jarvis in painting
Brett Ross and Roger Whiting in animation
Robin Eliason and Daren Young in drawing and painting
Joanne Robbins and Rob Adamson in painting
Nathan Bringhurst and Marianne Sidwell in songwriting


What 2012 participants said about their experiences:

"[Partners] really fills a void for emerging artists. It provides an impetus and the needed encouragement that is often missing in other art environments." - 2012 Mentoring Artist

"Tamara Escamilla and I took an approach to the program that made it exactly what the name implies; the program allowed us to create a true partnership where we shared styles, techniques, knowledge, and experiences as peers Through the program, we have learned a great deal from each other and developed a lasting friendship." - Veronica Perez, 2012 Mentoring Artist

"I was excited when I was asked to work with Abby Tohinaka in the Partners Artist Mentoring program, because the mission was in line with my belief that creativity is essential to one's well being. Abby seems to recognize this as well and has taken to painting many hours each day, indicating that it is therapeutic and brings her great joy." - Anne Becker, 2012 Mentoring Artist

"Jimmy taught me to think outside the box and to expand my horizons. Mostly, he taught me not to give up on my passion of being an artist. I've had a passion for art most of my life, and likely always will. With the added inspiration and tools I have gained by being in this program, my career as an artist will keep moving forward." - Robert Smuin, 2012 Apprentice Artist

"Sadie Hoagland is the most intelligent, inspiring mentor I could have hoped to work with. Strangers at first, we have made a bond through words and time, projects and creativity. I admire her strong use of language, her intriguing subject matter and, most importantly, all that she has to teach me. She's helped me grow, has nurtured my writing and helped it to evolve. Being her partner has opened many literary doors; I'm grateful for her hard work as much on her own words as on mine." - Brooks Oscarson, 2012 Apprentice Artist

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