Veterans Workshops

Program founded in 2012 

Art Access partners with the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to host a series of art workshops for veterans. Workshops are open to all veterans of the U.S. Military. Most workshop sessions are limited to 12 participants. This program offers various workshops in creative writing and visual arts throughout the year.

Art Access serves a diverse clientele. Chronological and cognitive ages are taken into consideration upon registration of any participant, as well as individual adaptive needs. Email  to learn more.

Veterans'  Workshops General Information

Fee: Registration is $10 per person for each four-week session and includes art supplies. Discounted fees and scholarships are available for students in financial need. Contact  to learn more.

Max Enrollment: 14 adults who are veterans of the U.S. military. Some workshops include spouses or partners of veterans.

4th Annual Veterans Art Exhibit
2017 Call for Artwork

Veterans Group Exhibition: October 20 through November 13, 2017 in Access II Gallery. The opening artists' reception is on Friday, October 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a special reception for veterans and their families and friends between 5 - 6 p.m. the same day. This is a juried exhibit.

The Art Access Veterans Exhibit will open Friday, October 20, 6-9 PM. If you are a veteran of the U.S. military and would like to be considered for participation in the exhibit, please read below.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:
• Each piece of art should include the Exhibit Submission Form attached to the artwork;
• All visual art mediums will be accepted;
• Artwork should be framed and ready to hang and/or display;
• Only original artwork from Utahns who are Veterans of the U.S. military will be considered;
• All submissions should be delivered to Art Access, 230 South 500 West, #125, SLC, by 6:00PM on Friday, September 29, 2017;
• Artists will be notified via e-mail as to whether or not their artwork has been selected for exhibition by Friday, October 13, 2017.

Please download the 2017 Exhibit Submission Form HERE

Contact or call 801-328-0703, option 4.


Poetry Writing with Jon Sebba

This four-week class meets Fridays, September 22, September 29, October 6, and October 13, 10AM - 1PM

For more information about "POETRY WRITING", PLEASE CLICK HERE

PLAYWRITING with Julie Jensen

This four-week class meets Tuesdays, February 28 through March 21
4 - 7 PM

For more information about "PLAYWRITING", PLEASE CLICK HERE



THE POWER OF AN IMAGE: HOW TO TAKE A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH  with Benny VanDerWalDixie Lights 9795 lr copy
October 14, 21, 28, and November 4, 2016, 2016
10 AM - 1:00 pm
Click here for POWER OF AN IMAGE details and to REGISTER

PRINTMAKING: POLYMER PRINTS with Stefanie DykesCDowen Polymer Inkdrawing
April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016
10AM - 1 PM
Click here for more details about PRINTMAKING: POLYMER PRINTS and to REGISTER 

WRITING FOR THE SCREEN - Visual Storytelling with Angela Lowell
August 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2016
10 AM - 1 PM
Click here for more details about WRITING FOR THE SCREEN and to REGISTER


Join author Jonathan Travelstead as he reads from his debut collection of poems, How We Bury Our Dead. Following the 45-minute reading, Travelstead will conduct a one-hour writing seminar with an open-mic. Participants may choose to attend the reading, the writing seminar or both.

51xnzAEoE5L. SX311 BO1204203200 In How We Bury Our Dead, Travelstead writes about his experience of coping with the death of his mother. He places himself in life-threatening and self-alienating situations in an effort to shield himself from grief. This collection takes the reader on Travelstead's journey as a volunteer in the National Guard in Kuwait, as a hitch-hiker in an Alaskan winter, and as a man returning home to confront the pressures of his life as a firefighter and the long-delayed acceptance of losing his mother.

This event is presented in partnership with the Utah Humanities and is open to all veterans of the U.S. Military and to all employees of the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2-4 PM
WHERE: George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
REGISTRATION: Participation if FREE, but registration is required. Please contact:




Art Access is grateful to the following partners and funders for their generous support of this program: R. Harold Burton Foundation, Lawrence T. Dee & Janet T. Dee Foundation, Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Henry W. & Leslie M. Eskuche Charitable Foundation, Hill Airforce Base, McCarthey Family Foundation, Robert Norris Charitable Trust, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks, US Bancorp Foundation, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, The George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Westminster Center for Veteran and Military Services.

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Our 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition takes place the third Thursday in May each year.