Today, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art announced receiving the largest two-year program support grant in the nation by the Andy Warhol Foundation. This is big news for the local arts scene, as UMOCA will have $120,000 over the course of the grant to fund new innovative exhibits and events.
The Warhol Foundation praises UMOCA for its ambitious new leadership and vision for programs and exhibitions, along with a commitment to deepening connections with the local, national and international contemporary art community.
"We are deeply honored and grateful for this support," said UMOCA executive director Adam Price in today's press release. "With these additional funds, we will be able to provide more and better opportunities for residents of and visitors to Utah to explore the contemporary cultural landscape."
One of those opportunities is Elizabeth Tobia's "Let Them Eat Cupcakes" (The Cupcake Project), an exhibit of index cards with notes about hunger inside a colorfully-lit tent, surround by images of confectionery sprinkles.
A performance for Tobia's exhibit will be held April 6, and the artwork will stay on display through May 19.
Art from Joshua Luther's multi-media exhibition, Meaning, is on display now through April 21.
The grant joins the list of accomplishments UMOCA has already made in the past few years, such as increasing its audience from 19,000 in 2009 to 101,000 in 2011 and volunteer hours from 150 in 2009 to 6,000 in 2011
The museum has also made big changes to its curatorial program, which is now seeking the very best local, national and international artists in a context that speaks directly to Utahns and others in the Intermountain West.