Talks & Programs


SEP 3 | 7 PM Video Games | Philosophy | Contemporary Art

Hosted by UMOCA, Alex Johnstone and C. Thi Nguyn

LEVEL UP is a series of panel discussions that will navigate beyond invisible walls to touch on a variety of philosophical topics. Each of five discussions will question the artistic quality of environment aesthetics, investigate player experience as a greater narrative and explore the social and ethical implications of in-game economics and open world creativity on global society.
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Glenn Weyant artist Q&A with Rachel Povey and Aubrey Hawks

Glenn Weyant will share his experience creating “The Anta Project,” a sonic collage played on the US/Mexico border wall separating Nogales, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico.

Weyant’s transformation of a dividing wall into a unifying piece of music will be the topic of discussion, led by “In Motion: Borders and Migrations” contributing editors Rachel Povey and Aubrey Hawks.


  1405704696HomePage-SM-FASAUG 31 | 7 PM GUEST ARTIST TALK How do you avoid conflicts of interest in the art world when the stake  are high, the egos are fragile and fame is fleeting? Pollock-Krasner Foundation award winning artist, and successful gallerist, Robert Yoder will discuss the difficulties and tensions between advocating for himself as a nationally known artist, and in promoting an arsenal of artists that he represents as a gallerist. Robert’s struggles and triumphs in Seattle, a town to which Salt Lake City can look for analogies in the development of a contemporary art scene, can serve and both inspiration and a cautionary tale to our city’s creative community. This talk is part of UMOCA’s Artist in Residency Program which is generously sponsored by the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemmingway Foundation, and the R. Harold Burton Foundation.





JUN 27 | 6 PM GUEST ARTIST TALK Mie Olise Artist Q & A Working with narratives relating to the architecture of space and desolate structures, Mie Olise’s art captures stories of abandoned places that are recreated through her paintings and structures. Join Curator Rebecca Maksym as she hosts an art talk with renowned Danish contemporary artist Mie Olise. Her installation work Shipsearching will be the center piece of the Bikuben exhibition through December 20th.




Jade Walker

Director of the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin Building a Practice + Growing A Program In addition to leading an art space, Walker curates three annual exhibitions, nurtures a successful art career and spends quality time with her young family. Join us as she discusses the importance of maintaining a studio practice, the artist residency she has helped to build and how she has achieved balance.


Crafting A Community Featuring 4 Entrepreneurial Leaders in Utah’s DIY Movement

The event will highlight four Craft Lake City DIY Festival alum: Beaux Ellis Underwood of St. Bohéme, Sarah Longoria of Municipal Ballet, Levi Rogers of Charming Beard Coffee and Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked Moccasins. These business owners will tell their own story and share how participating in Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival and other community events has shifted, shaped and changed them as artisans and how they do business. Tickets are available at

jefflambsonrFEB 7 | 7 PM GUEST CURATOR TALK

Jeff Lambson

Curator of Contemporary Art at the BYU Museum of Art

A Conversation Join us for an open conversation with Lambson where, together, we will be discussing art, art careers and distinct approaches to art presentation in varied communities.
Jeff Lambson is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the BYU Museum of Art. Prior to coming to Utah he worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the nation’s museum of modern and contemporary art. Lambson has curated numerous exhibitions, including Mirror Mirror: Contemporary Portraits and the Fugitive Self; We Could Be Heroes: the Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art; Work To Do; Think Flat: Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami, and many others.  Lambson is the recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Service in the Arts and was named by Salt Lake Magazine as one of Utah’s most significant people of the past 20 years. His work has received publicity in W magazine, Art Ltd, Sunset, and BBC’s The Culture Show. He works with his wife Ann at the MOA and they live in Provo, UT.

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