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History — 2010s


SLAC becomes home to the Catherine Doctorow Prize for
Contemporary Painting
in connection the Jarvis and
Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, run by
philanthropist and artist Suzanne Larson. Artist Kim
Schoenstadt is the first recipient and is awarded $15,000 and
a solo show in the Street Gallery.


The Salt Lake Arts Center changes its name to the Utah
Museum of Contemporary Art. The press release says, ”we
hope the change of name will be of major significance, providing
greater transparency to the general public about exactly
what kind of experience they can expect if they walk
through our doors.”


Aaron Moulton is hired as Chief Curator of Exhibitions I
followed by Rebecca Maksym (2013-2016).

Jared Steffensen joins staff as Curator of Public Engagement
and becomes Curator of Exhibitions in 2016. Artist-in-Residence
(AIR} Program is launched. The AIR program seeks to
better serve local artists, providing them with a community in
which their work and careers can thrive.


UMOCA appoints Kristian Anderson as director, replacing Maggie
Willis who served as interim director (2013-2014). Speaking of his
excitement to join the UMOCA team, Anderson says he is
impressed by the way the UMOCA staff and supporters ”give of
themselves to the museum, their passion for the value of
contemporary art, and their belief in the power of UMOCA.


AIR gallery opens, providing a space for Artists-In-Residence
to show their work, with Jonathan Frioux: Polaries, as the first.

L-E Baldwin, Curator of Public Engagement, starts the OUT
LOUD outreach program, designed to offer artistic workshop
for LGBTQIA + youth expression. A year later, public
bathrooms become gender neutral.

Anderson and board member Steven Labrum start the radio
show, ”Cultural Conversations,” a platform for exploring
Utah’s amazing contemporary arts, culture, making sure ”that
each week you fall in love with Utah all over again.”


Cities of Conviction: Saudi Contemporary Art opens,
examining, as curator Jared Steffensen said, ”the parallels between spiritual and urban cultures in Saudi Arabia and Utah, especially the symbolism of
creativity that connects cities of pilgrimage in both places.”


Laura Allred Hurtado is named director (2019-Present).