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Theresa Otteson

Biography

Theresa Otteson

Theresa is a Utah based artist and educator. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1996. She moved to Germany shortly after where she was invited to teach art workshops for the Young Author’s Conference for the Kaiserslautern School District from 1997-1999. After moving back to Utah, she worked as the Education Coordinator at the Bountiful Davis Art Center for five years where she used her passion to teach people of all ages how to create and appreciate art. She Left the art center in order to work full time as a classical artist and teacher.

Theresa has exhibited her paintings in galleries around the United States in competitions, group and solo exhibitions and has won various awards for her work including Best of Show for her western work, Award of Excellence at Manhattan Arts International, "Her Story," and several Purchase Awards. In 2019 she was commissioned by the American Heart Association of Utah to do a painting for the "Go Red with heART campaign. Her paintings are in collections in Europe, Japan, and the United States, including, the Farmington City Building in Utah, the Davis County Courthouse, The Eccles Art Center, and Sears Art Museum.

Anchora imparo," meaning, "yet, I am learning a quote attributed to Michelangelo is a phrase that guides Theresa. She continues to research, study, and learn from master artists such as Tina Garrett, Dan Wilson and Carlo Russo. She also shares her passion to create by teaching classes and workshops at various places including Life Long Learning at the University of Utah and online for The Smithsonian Associates.