Important Update Regarding the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art & Coronavirus

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In light of the recent developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) and Governor Herbert’s recent press conference, I am writing to let you know about steps that UMOCA is taking out of concern and care for the safety and well-being of our community, including our visitors, volunteers, collaborators, and staff.
Taking into consideration the widespread efforts to reduce large crowds and thereby slow the spread of any illness, we are postponing all public programming through April 17th with the intention of slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our state. These programs include:

  • Saturday March 14, Family Art Saturday
  • Friday March 27 Public and VIP Reception
  • Friday March 27 Screening of For Sama
  • Friday April 10 Second screening of # Female Pleasure

 Like many institutions, we have increased our cleaning practices to regularly disinfect common areas and surfaces and have freely disseminated hand sanitizer to all. However, as we have evaluated next steps to best protect our community, we have chosen to also close the museum from March 13-27, aligning with Salt Lake County Art and Culture, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and other arts organizations in the state.
While we continue to evaluate as news develops, our plan is to open three new exhibitions when we reopen:

  • A.I.R. Space: Mapping It Out: Jane Christensen
  • Education Gallery: The Flesh I Inhabit: Reimagining the Body Workshop
  • Projects Gallery: Boundaries: Devin Harclerode

 as well as continuing exhibitions in the

  • Main Gallery sponsored by Diane and Sam Stewart: Guerrilla Girls
  • Codec Gallery: Pan-American Identity Project/ Adrian Stimson: Buffalo Boy

 All of these exhibitions will be available when we reopen on Saturday March 28th. A public reception for these exhibitions is tentatively planned for Friday April 17th.
Finally, at this time of handwashing, elbow bumping, and social distancing, stay well, and take care of yourselves and others! In lieu of a physical visit, visit us on Instagram. We’re planning some really amazing artist-led takeovers and virtual exhibitions over the next two weeks!

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.