V. Kim Martinez is a Professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art & Art History, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah, since fall 2001. She received her terminal degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. Awarded fellowships include: The Sara Lee Foundation, Ragsdale, George L. & Ann Roman Siegel, Vermont Studio Center, International Iron Castors, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the University of Utah - John R. Parks and Tanner Humanities Professors Off Campus.
Kim has an active visual artist record, exhibiting locally in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Park City, Ephraim, and Springville. Nationally, in New York, Illinois, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska and Vermont. Internationally, in Mexico, China, Palestine, Peru, Columbia, Guatemala, and Brazil. She is the recipient of the 2003 Salt Lake City Mayors Visual Artist Award, recognizing her community involvement and contribution to the Utah Department of Corrections, Veterans Administration, Utah Hispanic Women’s Association, First Step House and Art Access/Art Positive! In 2006, she received the University of Utah, College of Fine Arts, Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, Research, and Service. Her community grants include: The National Endowment for the Arts “Challenge America,” through the Utah Arts Council, Utah Transit Authority, City of South Salt Lake, Salt Lake County, Primary Children’s Medical Center, the State of Utah Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the University of Utah Housing & Residential Education.