Created in 1991, Partners is a mentoring program that matches an emerging artist with a disability with an established artist for 25 hours of collaborative mentoring in the artists’ creative medium. Both artists are paid for their time on the project, and a materials stipend is provided.  

The main focus of the program is for the emerging artist to learn new artistic skills and about how to be a professional artist. Additional career development opportunities are offered throughout the year.

The Partners experience culminates in a group exhibit with all mentors and mentees sharing their work. We are grateful to the Bountiful Davis Art Center for hosting the exhibit for both 2020 and 2021 Partners in January 2022.

Tyler Pierce working on a painting

Current Partners

Chrysalis Jiri & Claire Taylor • Watercolor 

Tyler Pierce & Cat Palmer • Photography 

AutumnTheOddity & Liam Manchesthair • Drag 

Takwa Gordon & Michael Hirshon • Illustration 

Partners Application

The 2022 Partners application has now closed.

Applications open in December for the next calendar year and a link will be available here when it is open. If you have any questions, reach out to

Become a Mentor

Partners relies on mentors in many different mediums to support our program! If you are interested in participating in our Partners program as a mentor, please click the button below and fill out our interest form. Please contact with any questions. 

Mentor Interest Form