As we transition into 2014, UMOCA would like to thank you for your support in 2013 and look back on the past year.


As a small and dedicated staff and Board of Trustees, we have made great progress developing our educational programs, building relationships with other community organizations, and solidifying our position as Utah's premiere contemporary art venue. We are optimistic about our future prospects and look forward to another year of presentations and community service. 

do it   
Opening Reception: Friday JAN 17, 7-9 PM 
Cash Bar 

Conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obristand organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, do it is the longest-running, furthest-reaching exhibition ever to take place.

Using written instructions by renowned artists as a point of departure, this exhibition is uniquely site-specific to Utah through
the engagement with the community and use of resources available locally. In this way, the exhibition's ongoing presentation is less concerned with notions of reproduction or materiality of the artworks. Rather, do it is about revealing the nuances of human interpretation in its various iterations.

The exhibition has had more than 50 stops worldwide, making it one of the largest compilations of instructed DIY works by renowned contemporary artists. 


UMOCA's sponsors: City Weekly, Craft Lake City, and Slug Magazine


Contributors include: KCPW Public Broadcasting, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and Taffy Town Gourmet Taffty


The exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible, in part by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from Project Perpetual and ICI's International Forum and Board of Trustees.

Trent Harris: Echo Cave
Artist Walkthrough: Friday JAN 17, at 6:30 PM
Opening Reception: Friday JAN 17, 7-9 PM

Trent Harris: Echo Cave is the first retrospective into the creative genius of the Utah cult filmmaker. This exhibition presents drawings, photographs, artists books, and short films that illuminate Harris's process and inimitable style. Internationally renowned for films such as The Beaver Trilogy and Rubin & Ed, Harris demonstrates a lasting influence on underground cinema with his independent filmmaking and visual art practice.


The title of his book, Mondo Utah, alludes to a genre of Italian filmmaking in which pseudo-documentaries of sensationalized and taboo subjects are presented in a cinema-verité style. The word "mondo" also serves as a philosophy that frames Harris's practice. His films often blur the line between documentary and narrative-fiction as a way to engage with notions of the absurd, the bizarre, and the uncanny.


Sponsored by the Deluxe Corporation Foundation

Special Thanks to our partners:The Sundance Film Festival, The Utah Film Society, The Salt Lake Film Center,

JAN 24: 6:30 PM Plan 10 From Outer Space Film Screening & Book Signing at UMOCA Sponsored by Red Rock Brewing and the Salt Lake Film Society in honor of the 20th anniversary debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
Appetizers and Drinks | Giveaways | $8 Suggested Donation
Reservations Required by January 20th to 

FEB 19: 7 PM The Beaver Trilogy Film Screening and Artist Talk at Brewvies Cinema Pub Sponsored By The Utah Film Center, and Ken Sanders Rare Books.
$8 Suggested Donation | Must be 21 or over

NEW: Stroller Tours

UMOCA is proud to announce Stroller Tours, a new addition to the museum's educational public programming.  


These monthly tours offer parents, guardians and caregivers an opportunity to experience the museum's current exhibits with their young children in tow. Beginning before the doors open to the public, Stroller Tours are designed to ease concerns associated with talkative children and/or crying babies by providing an exclusive time for museum exploration and tailored, grown-up discussions free of pressure.   


Stroller Tours occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 AM beginning on February 12th. Please RSVP to Jared Steffensen.

FEB 12 | 9:30 AM | FREE  
Mary Toscano  and UMOCA trustee Trent Alvey are a part of the upcoming exhibition Only Light at the Rio Grande Gallery opening January 17th. Only Light explores a visual dialogue with current civil and human rights issues

Jared Clark continues to gain national recognition with a recent appearance at the 2013 Miami Art Fair with representation by Ada Gallery.

With the creation of the new Sugarhouse S Line public transportation comes new public art. Jared Clark and Mike Whiting have a project installed along the route.

Chris Purdy's newest exploration into time ...the indefinite continued progress of existence and events... is currently showing at CUAC now through March 15th.
Family Art Saturday: 2014 Art Calendars

It's a new year, a time for new beginnings, resolutions, and blank calendars. It is also a time try new things. Come design and make your own calendar to keep track of the days and exciting events of 2014. Learn about new, fun, and easy art projects that you can do throughout the year. Then choose the projects you want to do and write them on your new calendar to make sure that you are creating art all year long. Families welcome, supplies are provided. 


JAN 11 | 2-4 PM | FREE 

Wear It. Show It.


For the first time since we changed our name from the Salt Lake Art Center 3 years ago, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is selling UMOCA logo T-shirts!  


These classically designed, soft cotton T's are a fantastic way to publicly display your support for UMOCA, and priced reasonably at $18, each dollar goes to support innovative programming and exhibitions of new art practices. Your purchase also supports local creative design and custom apparel agency Huge Brands who printed these fabulous T-shirts.SEE ART SHOP ARTISTS >   

Thank You Annual Appeal Donors

Thank you to those that have already donated to our 2013 Annual Appeal in an effort to match Zions Bank's generous donation.


Joan Alper & William Becker 

Jan Andrews 

Charles & Mary Behrens 

Anna Campbell Bliss & Robert Bliss 

Nancy Borgenicht 

The Jeffrey & Helen Cardon Foundation 

Walter Cowie/Light Spot, L.L.C 

Tim & Candace Dee 

John & Joan Firmage 

Lynda & Jay Gamble 

Robert & Susanne Gardiner 

Shaleane Gee & James Cody 

Ryan George 

Talia Goldsmith 

Nathaniel Goodman & the NG Foundation 

The Roy & Judi Kaufman Living Trust 

Steven Labrum & Jenney Wilder 

Kathryn Lindquist & James Moore 

The M Lazy M Foundation 

Frank McEntire 

Grandeur Peak Global Advisors LLC 

John Morgan 

Jeffrey Paris 

David & Elodie Payne 

Tim & Anne Payne 

Diana Peterson 

John & Marcia Price Family Foundation 

Joyce Rapp 

Edith Roberson 

Rodger Newbold & the Salt Lake Art Center School 

Shawn Rossiter 

Snow, Christensen & Martineau Foundation 

Bob & Angela Shelby 

Lynn & Olivia Jean Steffensen 

Give a Gift to UMOCA >

Thank You. Thank You. 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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