Tali Alisa Hafoka's exhibition Carried Across on view now in the Street Gallery

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Originators

September 14, 2021

UMOCA Staff

The donors to the institution we now know as UMOCA have made it possible for local art to be on display in Utah from the very beginning.  Despite the market crash in 1929, a mere two years later Utahns rallied together to collect donations to move forward with their vision of a gathering place for the arts in Utah.  Even after being told by the Governor at the time that it was “no time for a thing like that”, UMOCA’s founder, Alta Rawlins Jensen, moved forward with her vision. While the unemployment rate in Utah was astronomical, community fundraising took place everywhere, and through governmental support, financial aid, and much enthusiasm, the construction of the Art Barn was able to continue to completion.  

The Art Truck Is Back on the Road!

September 13, 2021

UMOCA Staff

For the 2021-2022 school year, UMOCA is visiting schools throughout the state in our traveling photographic exhibition, Stronger Shines the Light Inside. Presented in collaboration with acclaimed photographer Angie Smith, the show illuminates the refugee experience in Utah through photography, video interviews, and quotes. 

90th Anniversary Celebration

August 6, 2021

UMOCA Staff

The grand opening of UMOCA's 90th Annviersary Exhibition, Contemporary Since 1931, had speeches by UMOCA Trustee and Utah State Senator Derek Kitchen, Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Erin Litvak, Utah Department of Arts and Museums Director Vicki Bourns, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, and UMOCA Executive Director Laura Allred Hurtado.

UMOCA Partners with Actual Source on New Visual Identity

June 18, 2021

UMOCA Staff

Business card with new UMOCA wordmark and internal lockup. Designed by Actual Source for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 2021  For its 90th Anniversary, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) has teamed up with Utah-based design studio Actual Source to re-imagine the museum’s visual…

Partnership with Meadowlark Elementary

June 13, 2021

UMOCA Staff

UMOCA partnered with Meadowlark Elementary, a Title I school that enrolls 100% economically disadvantaged students and 80% minority students. In our pilot year of this partnership, we worked with Meadowlark administration and educators to identify which needs UMOCA could meaningfully fill.

Gala Sneak Peak

June 12, 2021

Gary Vlasic

Gary Vlasic of V. Project shares the history of his involvement with the museum and plans for this year's upcoming Gala.

Art Barn History

June 11, 2021

UMOCA Staff

In celebration of our 90th anniversary, UMOCA has commissioned a history of the museum by author Will South. We will be sharing abbreviated sections of his history all year through our Newsletter, the first of which is published here.

Interview with Jorge Rojas

June 4, 2021

UMOCA Staff

"I feel like all my work in some way explores spirituality, but it has definitely deepened over the years. I’m interested in energy and how it can be accessed, channeled and transmitted through the creation of art. Some of the themes I explore include spiritual histories and interpretations of ancient rites and customs. These works have helped me to understand that I can connect my own spirituality and consciousness with all aspects of my artistic practice."

2021 Doctorow Prize Winner Announced

April 8, 2021

UMOCA Staff

UMOCA and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation are pleased to announce that the Harlem, New York-based artist, and 2020-2021 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Genesis Jerez has been awarded the 2021 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting. A generous bi-annual prize made possible with funds from the Doctorow Foundation, the prize comes with a $15,000 unrestricted cash award, and a  solo exhibition of Jerez’s artwork from September 24, 2021, through January 8, 2022.

Tatiana Larsen’s art4ONE4all

March 3, 2015

UMOCA Staff

UMOCA’s latest artist-in-residence featured in the A-I-R Space is Tatiana Svrckova Larsen and her art4ONE4all project. For Larsen, this series meant a step away from personal art toward works that would make a change—not for a general audience, but for one specific individual at a time. The inspiration for each work in…