Board President Roy Jespersen Is "70 Years Young"  

During UMOCA's popular Art Fitness program, where participants learn that they already have the capacity to understand contemporary art, there are multiple questions encouraged to be asked  when examining a piece of art. One of these questions is "How would it be different if?" I'd like to ask that question now, but of UMOCA itself. How would UMOCA be different if Roy Jespersen were not Board President?  Where would the organization be without Roy's passionate drive, his motivation, his unwavering support on every level? Those of us at UMOCA understand that this is not a scenario we even want to envision.  Since becoming Board President in 2012, Roy has gone above and beyond for the museum, in capacities well outside his official duties. READ MORE> 


This October, this marvelous man turns 70 years young.


Roy- on behalf of everyone on the staff and board at UMOCA, and no doubt on behalf of the countless other organizations and lives you consistently impact- We hope your birthday is as exuberant and generous to you as you are to us. Thank you for all you do. 


Tala Madani
OCT 4 - JAN 4


UMOCA and The Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation are pleased to award Tala Madani with the 2013 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting.  

For her solo exhibition, UMOCA presents the first museum survey of Madani's stop-motion, painted animations. These silent and humorous cartoons are an extension of the artist's painterly technique, as the comical scenes are rendered in the same quick brushstrokes that characterize Madani's oil on canvas works. 


Opening Reception: October 4 l 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Free Admission
Below: Artists-In-Residence
Group Show
OCT 4 - NOV 23
Artists Brian Patterson, Chris Purdie, Colour Maisch, Jared Lindsay Clark, Madison Colvin and Mary Toscano come together collaboratively to display their creations in our New Genre's Gallery. See what they have been working on here at UMOCA. MORE>
Artist Talk: Tala Madani

October 4 l 7:00 PM
Associate Curator, Rebbeca Maksym, will lead a discussion with artist Tala Madani about her processes and the visual contrast between seriousness and visual comedy. ART TALKS>
Guest Curator Walkthroughs

October 18 | 6:00 PM

Alexandra Karl: Adding To The Mix
Curator, Writer, and Co-founder of DUNCE School for the Arts. Through the lens of local scholarship, Alexandra will discuss the significance of having a biennial in Utah by highlighting artworks in UMOCA's exhibition Mondo UtahMORE >


Free Admission

A.I.R Visiting Artist: Jenene Nagy
October 22 l 7:00 PM
Jenene Nagy, a visual artist whose work has been shown across the country and internationally, will be gracing us with her presence this October. To help our Artists-In-Residence in furthering their careers, Nagy will discuss how to find a meaningful balance between studio practice and working as an art professional. ART TALKS>


Free Admission l Open to the Public
Art Truck: Calder Kamin

Focusing on the animals that have evolved to thrive in urban environments, artist and educator Calder Kamin from Kansas City, MO helps to create awareness of mankind's impact on biodiversity. Talk to your school administrator to schedule a visit to the Art Truck with your class. MORE>


Upcoming Public Appearances:

October 18 l 12:00 to 4:00 PM

Discover Gateway: Artful Scientist

444 W 100 S, SLC UT 84101 

Making Memories Anew:
Altered Photographs 

The photograph enables us to record our memories and potentially manipulate them for changed meanings and new interpretations. This Family Art Saturday provides kids and parents a chance to create and recreate their own memories using given photographs of various Downtown Salt Lake City parks and recreation. MORE>


October 12 | 2:00 to 4:00 PM  

Free Admission

Jared Clark: Free Candy 

Are you ready for a sugar rush? UMOCA's Artist-In-Residence, Jared Clark will host a workshop working in the medium of lollipops. Children and adults alike will prepare a sweet sculpture by licking until their tongues turn colors of the rainbow. It's possible the future Willy Wonka may even be discovered. MORE> 

October 19 | 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Free Admission
Missa Brevis: Nexus Of Faith, Art and War, A Symposium

Repertory Dance Theatre in partnership with UMOCA will host a panel discussion and screening for the performance Missa Brevis coinciding with RDT's fall line-up. Through dance discover what humans are made of and what people can accomplish with faith during times of trial. MORE>



Caroline Prohosky (Contemporary Dance, BYU)

Dr. Jerry L. Jaccard, BYU School of Music, specialist in (Missa Brevis composer) Zoltan Kodaly method

Dodge Billingsley, CFR Media/Combat Films and Research

Father Andrzej Skrzypiec, pastor of St. Ambrose Catholic Church and administrator of J.E. Cosgriff School in SLC


This special event will be catered by Tony Caputo's Deli.


October 2 l 7:00 PM
Open To The Public
Evening For Educators
Utah Biennial: The Present As Influenced By The Past

We are delighted to host this month's evening for educators about our main exhibit, Utah Biennial: Mondo Utah. Keynote speaker Rebbeca Maksym will discuss how moments from art history, internationally and regionally, have influenced the way artists operating in Utah create their work. Workshops will cover new ways to look at photography, the internet, ideas of process and performance that can be used to introduce topics like geography and science. VISIT SWAP>


October 3 l 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Art Fitness Training
Spaces are still available - sign up now and use code "MemberFIT" to get $15 off!
As your personal trainers, UMOCA in partnership with CUAC will continue to condition your contemporary art muscles to make sure you get the most out of your training regimen and feel confident in any observation or discussion.By the end, we guarantee you will be able to conquer and lift anything. 
For even more art fitness classes, join our winter program.   

October 5 & 12  l  3:30 to 5:00 PM

Locations include: UMOCA, CUAC and the private collection of Val Antczak.

Call For Artists

UMOCA is currently seeking artists for the 2014 Annual Gala Art Auction. Artists' works will be recognized online and shown in front of major art collectors in a curated exhibition prior to the gala. Show your support for the local art community by applying. 


For more information and to apply: send your name and a link to your website or portfolio to Chrissy Upton chrissy.upton@utahmoca.org.

Cindy Ferguson

This October UMOCA recognizes local artist, Cindy Ferguson, as the Art Shop's featured artist of the month. Ferguson's one-of-a-kind cut paper designs emphasize the importance of shape in composition, and highlights her excellence as a graphic designer. Ferguson creates intriguing silhouettes by contrasting crisp lines and vivid colors to create images that are bold and engaging. Visit the Art Shop today to purchase your own cut paper design today! MORE> 


Maggie Willis  

Mini monsters from the 2013 Utah Arts Festival Children's Art Yard will be on display at Wholefoods for the month of October. These collaborative sculptures were the result of thousands of children and over four days of painting and creating warts and spikes to adorn the mischievous little creatures designed by UMOCA's Interim Director, Maggie Willis.


Thank You For Making It Possible

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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