Jennifer West:
Salt Crystals Spiral Jetty Dead Sea Five Year Film

L.A. based artist Jennifer West creates "camera-less" films by exposing the unrolled celluloid to a variety of physical agitations. Her process may include soaking it in marinades of cherry antacid, whiskey and bodily fluid as well as damaging the celluloid by dragging, scratching and skateboarding across it. The result of every film is an intoxicating visual array of color, patterns and collages that shift between two visual methods of story telling. In this particular piece, West submerged the celluloid in both the Dead Sea and the waters near the Spiral Jetty and has allowed the saline to crystallize on the surface of the film creating windows to the abstract narrative below.  [Written by Sarina Ehrgott]


Doctorow Prize For
Contemporary Painting

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation are thrilled to announce the 3rd biennial Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting; a nationally renowned award that will commend one exceptional emerging artist throughout the United States for their skills and achievements in painting. The recipient of this award will receive a $15,000 cash prize and solo exhibition at UMOCA, giving the residents of Utah an unprecedented opportunity to view work by leading contemporary painters. 

Aaron Moulton, Senior Curator
Is Leaving UMOCA

Aaron Moulton, Senior Curator of Exhibitions will soon be leaving and handing the reigns over to Becca Maksym.

Reflecting on his time at UMOCA, Moulton states, "I have appreciated the enormous opportunities this organization has offered. My time here has been incredibly productive. Utah and the museum will forever hold a special place in the work I do."


Gianni Pettena: Forgiven By Nature  
JUL 5- SEP 21 

"Gianni Pettena: Forgiven by Nature" is a retrospective that looks at how the artist has established his style, which engages the landscape through tensions between man and nature. Showing alongside his earlier works, Pettena has produced several installations for UMOCA including Human Space and a new version of The Absence of Bodies (Laundry).


Opening Reception: JULY 5, 6:00 to 9:00 PM



Sticky Fingers Make Monster Bees

Multicolored pipe cleaners, glue, fuzzy balls and happy children were the remnants of June's Utah Arts Festival in Library Square. The UMOCA tent was filled to the brim with helping volunteers and children of all ages eagerly creating their very own "monster bees."


The success is all thanks to our volunteers and staff. But especially to our very own Interim Director Maggie Willis, who for the past eight years, has been heading up the creation of the themes of the Children's Art Yard at the Utah Arts Festival. 

Curatorial Walkthroughs

Increase your contemporary art knowledge with our curatorial walkthroughs happening twice a month. Get the inside scoop of each artist's influences and thought process hanging on our walls by taking a stroll with a UMOCA curator. At the end, time is open for discussion and questions.

JULY 5 & 19, 6:00 PM
Open to the Public | FREE


Rachel Cook: Visiting Artist 

Diverse Works assistant curator and writer Rachel Cook from Houston, TX will be doing studio visits and a lecture with UMOCA's artists-in-residence the afternoon of July 12th.  


Her curatorial and academic interests include reconsidering the relationship between images and objects, and investigating a set of possibilities for how to read and consider the hybrid uses of photography and sculpture in recent art. In her academic work she has pursued a variety of contemporary issues and cultural ideas including, the human rights discourse surrounding ideas of what constitutes evidence, as well as issues surrounding notions of witnessing, testimony, and forensic objects. 


July 12, 7:00 To 8:00 PM

Open to Public | FREE 

Jared Clark: New American Paintings

One of our current artist-in-residence has just been accepted into the New American Paintings periodical.


New American Paintings" is a juried exhibition-in-print. Each edition results from a highly competitive juried competition and presents the work of 40 painters. We congratulate Jared on such an accomplishment and urge you to be on the look out for his works in print. MORE>  

UMOCA and Spiro Arts Exchange

Spiro Arts workshop center in Park City came for a visit at UMOCA in June led by Curator of Education Jared Steffensen. The tour consisted of a first-hand look at our residency studios and existing exhibitions. UMOCA's long-term residency program is designed expressly to meet the needs of artists living and working in Utah.

In the community, UMOCA is eager to learn from other art programs within the state and also fellowship to create safe encouraging places for artists to work. We'd like to thank Spiro Arts for stopping by!

For more information on Spiro Arts, check out their website HERE>.

Looking For a New Artist-In-Resident

We are now accepting applications for a spot at UMOCA's Artist-In-Residence program beginning in August. UMOCA will supports residents by offering workshops in professional development, monthly critiques, special access to visiting artists and lecturers, exhibition opportunities outside the museum, greater chances for community engagement. Sounds like the opportunity for you? Hurry and apply >


Due July 20  


A Story Without Words

Ever wonder what it would be like to have your life or your own personal story made into a movie? What would your movie poster say or look like?

July's Family Art Saturday invites children and parents to use their creativity by designing their very own movie poster to tell a story without words. Get ready with your drawing, collaging, and paper cutting skills. And Action! MORE>

JULY 13, 2:00 to 4:00 PM   


Art Truck: Upcoming Events

Have no fear, the Art Truck is here! The Art Truck is on a roll, literally and figuratively. We are pleased to announce that we have several events in which the Art Truck will be educating. If you miss one, don't worry there are plenty more.  


July 14, 9:00 to 2:00 PM
People's Market 1060 S 900 W Salt Lake City, UT 84104

July 20, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
UMFA Artful Afternoon 410 Campus Center Dr, SLC UT 84112

July 22, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Bountiful-Davis Art Center: Family Art Night 28 E State St. Farmington, UT 84025


Danielle Leatham
Interior designer Danielle Leatham uses her design experience to create the little details that transform a house into a home.  Watercolor images of furniture have a simple elegance without skimping on use of cheery colors while Leatham's chalkboard signs come with simple sketches or thoughtful sayings. Check out UMOCA's Art Shop to add a new little "pick me up" to your current decorating.  


POP Gala Sponsors

Poppin' into say, "Thank You!"  

Without our sponsors help, much of the Gala would not have even begun to be possible. Also to our in-kind auction sponsors, we thank you.
To see how truly fun the gala was check this out>.


Diana Peterson 

Roy Jespersen & Anne Morgan-Jespersen 

King Family Foundation  



Diane Stewart

Celtic Bank
City Creek 

Dowtown Alliance  

The Law Firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer 

David Dee & Karen Gardner Dee
James & Katie Roberts
Zach & Janelle Smith

 Gary Valasic

Tiffini Porter  

Cityhome Collective 


Gala Artists
To entice the bidding at our silent auction, we kept the names' of the artists secret. Now we can officially reveal those names to you.

Whose work was whose?  CLICK HERE>

For All You Do, We Thank You

Zion's Bank
The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts      

Zoo, Arts & Parks       

George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation       

Nordstrom, Inc.       

Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Charitable Foundation 

Utah Division of Arts & Museums       

Kanter Family Foundation       

The Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation       

Willard L. Eccles Charitable Foundation       

The Richard K. & Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation 

Salt Lake City Arts Council       


The Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation

B. W. Bastian Foundation       

Dr. Ezekiel R. & Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation       

Robertson Properties Midwest LLC       

The Marriner S. Eccles Foundation       

The William H. & Mattie Wattis Harris Foundation       

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