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Our Mission

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art believes in the power of the art of our time. Through programming, advocacy, and collaboration, we work with artists and communities to build a better world.

Artist-in-Residence, Mitsu Salmon, and Visiting Artist, Kikú Hibino, perform in the UMOCA Auditorium at AIR Open Studios, Oct 29, 2021, photo © UMOCA

Since 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been a gathering space for artists and creatives in our region. Today, UMOCA’s exhibitions, art education programs, community engagement, and one-of-a-kind artist residency support local artists and communities while showcasing art from across the nation and globe.

UMOCA is a seven-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and a two-time recipient of the Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Land Acknowledgement

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art acknowledges that it sits on the land of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Goshute, Shoshone, Paiute, and Ute peoples. We recognize the enduring relationships between Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. Indigenous peoples have been living, working, and residing on this land since time immemorial. UMOCA respects Utah’s Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of this land, and we respect the sovereign relationship between tribes, states, and the federal government. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this land, and we honor and respect the Indigenous peoples still connected to the land on which we gather.


From its inception, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been resolutely, tirelessly contemporary. Since 1931, UMOCA has been a clear and independent voice committed to the most pressing issues of its day. While many things have changed over the organization’s ninety-year history, some things have not. UMOCA has maintained a commitment to community, local artists, education, awareness, and inclusion. These values—so central to art in the 21st century—have been an integral part of the mission of each incarnation for nine decades, from the Art Barn (1931-1958) to the Salt Lake Art Center (1959-2010) to the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (2011-Present).

Contact Us

For hours, admission, COVID-related and other general information please go to our Visit page.


Executive Director

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Laura Allred Hurtado

Curator of Exhibitions

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Jared Steffensen

Development Manager

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Michelle Wentling

Strategic Funding

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Samy Estrada

K-12 Education Manager

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Alison Neville

Marketing Manager

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Zachary Norman


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Jeff Griffin

Operations Manager

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Michelle Sulley

Education Coordinator

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Shaylee Navarro

Visitor Services Manager

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Jane Barnard

Education Assistant


Inez Garcia


Rich Walje


Val Antczak

Chair Emeritus

Virginia Pearce

Vice President

Cuauhtemoc Sandoval


Derek Allen

Corey Bullough

George Cardon-Bystry

Metta Driscoll

Peter Everett

Timothy Fellow

Cass Hallacker-Covaleski

Annette Jarvis

Ben Jenkinson

Sophia Malik

Michael Matthews

Mike Nielsen

Maura Powers

Leena Rinne

Horacio Rodriguez

Elizabeth Shaw

Ashley Spatafore Mirabelli

Amy Wilson

Holly Yocom


Actual Source

Creative Direction

A Lot of Moving Parts

Site Design

Cold Rice

Site Development

UMOCA Walter by Dinamo and Omnigroup
DTL VandenKeere by DTL Studio
LL Superstudio by Lineto