Artist Interview: Willow Skye-Biggs

Willow Skye-Biggs’ Tastes Like Mandy is a visceral experience that combines queer visual cues, assembled audio recordings, and dark emotive tones to juxtapose the feelings of ecstasy, disorientation, grounding, and pain. This installation, currently in UMOCA’s Codec Gallery, discusses the peace gained through the struggles of accepting one’s body and understanding one’s identity within an […]

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Contemporary Reactions: An Otherworldly Spectacle

A congregation of umbrellas, weather map projections, and a fabric pedestal holding dry ice as a rainbow of colors washes over it, splashing onto the wall through the cutouts in the cylindrical sculpture await visitors in Michael Ryan Handley’s Sublimation, currently on exhibit in UMOCA’s Street Gallery.  Handley’s unexpected use of digital media, sculpture, fabric […]

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The CHROMATIC Issue

C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N MICHAEL RYAN HANDLEY Sublimation STREET GALLERY: MAY 19 – SEP 9 Michael Ryan Handley’s Sublimation is an array of colors, textures and movement that explore the importance of water—or lack thereof—and its generative power to change the […]

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Mapping Identity and Community: The Art Truck

What is the Art Truck? UMOCA’s Art Truck community outreach program brings art to K-12 Students throughout Utah. The traveling exhibition gives schools a chance to incorporate art into their curriculum without worrying about the expense of taking a fieldtrip to the museum. The 2016-2017 Art Truck mobile exhibition whereABOUTS features the work of artists […]

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Out Loud 2017 participants take a group photo after the panel.

Q&A with the Out Loud Participants

2017 Out Loud’s Identities, Symbolism, and the Self Three years ago, Elly Baldwin (the Museum’s Curator of Public Engagement) noticed a gap in UMOCA’s community programming: programs for children and adults were offered, but nothing at the time existed for those in-between. After receiving funding from an education grant, Baldwin created a program for LGBTQ+ teens, […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Rueda De Reconocimiento (Lineup)

Victim and Victimizer Switch Roles Walking through UMOCA, there’s no question which current artwork elicits the loudest response from visitors: Rueda De Reconocimiento (Lineup) by Ananké Asseff. Lineup is an interactive video dealing with violence, race, and victimization. Designed to make the viewer feel uncomfortable and unsafe—as so many people of color experience daily simply existing […]

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Rona Pondick | "Dog"

Museum Lighting: How Hard Can It Be?

UMOCA’s Chief Preparator, John Burdick, shares insight on the lighting process of the Museum’s many exhibitions. Museum lighting—how hard can it be? You screw a lightbulb into a thing, plug the thing into an outlet and aim the light at the artwork, right? Yes … sometimes.Every so often, lighting an exhibition is straightforward. I’ll usually […]

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