Educational - Gallery/Museum - Nonprofit - Visual Arts
20 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The mission of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is to advance and elevate the community of contemporary arts and culture, establishing Utah as a leading voice for the spirit of innovation, experimentation and dialogue surrounding the issues of our time. UMOCA began as the Art Barn Association in 1931 under the leadership of Alta Rawlins Jensen. For the first thirty years, the Art Barn’s activities were managed entirely by volunteers, with professional artists hired to teach classes; but following a name change to Salt Lake Art Center in 1958, and the hiring of its first paid full-time director in 1961, the all-volunteer organization had professional leadership. In 1979 the institution moved to its current location at 20 S. West Temple, in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City and in 2011, Salt Lake Art Center underwent a transformation and became the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. After 87 years, UMOCA continues to present contemporary art exhibitions and programs, which have aesthetic and social consciousness, elicit civil dialogue about crucial current issues, evoke emotional responses, and which consistently invite curiosity and understanding of the challenging concepts that art and its social commentary can present.