Events for Art & Museum Exhibits

McRay Magleby Poster Sale

From 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., there will be a limited sale of McRay Magleby posters! Come on down and get them while you can! Posters cost 1$. The poster sale will take place in the Gould Auditorium. --- McRay Magleby, Jr. graduated from Brigham Young University in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in art. He then served as creative designer of BYU Publications & Graphics (now called BYU Graphics) until 1996. In 1987 BYU awarded him with the Honorary Alumni Award. Along with teaching at both the University of Utah and BYU, Magleby was commissioned for several historic events. He created the first Cultural Olympiad poster for the 2002 Olympics and he also designed a carving for the Governor's Mansion for the 100th anniversary of Utah. He also designed the Wave of Peace poster, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the bombing on Hiroshima. In 2008 McRay (Mac) retired from his professorship at the U of U. Since 1987 Magleby has been teaching students how to be creative. He told them, "Being creative is risky; however, where the risks are great, the rewards are greater." In April and May 2012 Magleby's art was featured in the Covey Center for the Arts exhibit Seasons in the Rockies: Landscapes by McRay Magleby.

Museum-Wide Opening Reception

Come explore our newest exhibitions in the Main, Codec, A-I-R and Ed. Space galleries at UMOCA on Friday, August 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available as you stroll through "Cities of Conviction," Al Ahad’s "The Hijab Project," Jason Manley’s "Shrinking Room" and Jaime Salvador Castillo and Michael Anthony García’s "whereABOUTS." Performances will occur throughout the evening. "Cities of Conviction" in the Main and Codec galleries explores the connection between Salt Lake City and Saudi Arabia in relation to natural resources, pilgrimage and tension surrounding commercial development around cultural heritage sites. This is an unprecedented exhibition in the state of Utah, featuring contemporary Saudi Arabian artists. In connection with "Cities of Conviction," Saudi Arabian artist Balqis Al Rashed will participate in a six-week residency at UMOCA. UMOCA’s first international Artist-in-Residence, Al Rashed focuses on the creation of meanings, practices and dichotomies in respect to the collective, identity and the self. Al Rashed will also be hosting workshops at UMOCA that correlate with her work. Artist-in-Residence Jason Manley’s installation "Shrinking Room" will be on display in the A-I-R Space. Manley’s drawings, sculptures and public artworks examine the effects of language on the physical design of things and places. Local organization Al Ahad (Always Love Against Hate And Discrimination) works to change public perceptions of Islam. Al Ahad hopes to counter the widespread disinformation about the hijab and dispel stereotypes surrounding women who wear the hijab. Thus they created "The Hijab Project," which invited local Muslim women to create their own headscarves. View their unique artworks in the Ed. Space. "whereABOUTS" is an interactive and immersive exhibition designed by Jaime Salvador Castillo and Michael Anthony García for the UMOCA Art Truck. After traveling to schools and communities around the state collecting art maps investigating the relationship between location, identity and community, the culminating installation by Castillo and García will be on display in UMOCA’s Ed. Space. Image: Arwa Al Neami, "Never Never Land" (2014). Image courtesy of the artist.

The Identity Project

Join artist Emily Bagley Hayford, as we explore what identifies us as people. Through this workshop, participants will focus on their identity as humans through writing, painting, and drawing. Participants are asked to bring a notebook or paper and something to write with, and an object that they feel represents themselves (such as an instrument, book, plant, pottery, toy, etc.). Those present will be asked the following questions- * Who am I? * What defines me? * If I take everything physical about my life away (education, social standing, family, friends, etc.), who is left? * Who do I want to become? * How can I use my experiences to help my community? * What do I want to tell/show others in my situation? -And create an art piece based on their answers. Participants may choose to paint directly on their object, or use it as a source of inspiration to create their piece. Ages: 16+, Class Fee: $15 Please sign up at

Face of Utah Sculpture XIII

Every year the Face of Utah Sculpture provides Utah artists a forum to present Utah culture through sculptural form.  The origins of this dynamic exhibit, envisioned twelve years ago by glass artist Dan Cummings, features both well-known and emerging Utah sculptors, showcasing both traditional and contemporary sculpture in a variety of techniques, styles, and mediums.  The result is an exciting and eclectic mix of excellence in artistry in countless forms! 

The exhibit runs July 13th through August 30th; Mon – Thurs 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or by arrangement; Free Admission

The Opening Reception and Awards will be on July 16th from 6 to 8pm

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Art and Wellness Chamber Music Series

Explore the intersection of music and visual art as vocalist Daniel Johnson and pianist Paul Hill—University of Utah Department of Music graduate students—perform Songs for the Inner Child, choral music by Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Musto, and Heggie.

You are invited to explore the galleries while you listen to the program and discover parallel expressions in the music and the paintings.

This is a free event.

UMOCA Family Art Saturday: 3D Calligraphy

“Inspired by the sculptural calligraphy of Nassar Al-Salem, UMOCA presents Family Art Saturday: 3D Calligraphy. “Cities of Conviction” is a collaborative exhibition that highlights connections between Salt Lake City and Saudi Arabia by looking at the way language frames our experience of the world. Explore the physical shape of your name by building a 3D calligraphic structure made of colorful, curled paper towers. Family Art Saturdays offer families an opportunity to discover UMOCA’s various exhibitions and participate in an art-making activity led by a museum educator. Projects are suitable for toddlers to tweens of all abilities. For more information visit or call 801.328.4201.”

Stroller Tour: Cities of Conviction

Explore UMOCA’s Main Gallery exhibition, "Cities of Conviction," during our Stroller Tour on September 13. Designed as an opportunity for bonding between caregivers and children, Stroller Tours allow parents and guardians to participate in exhibition-tailored discussions led by museum educators before the doors open to the public. This is a great activity for playgroups and play dates that will be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Get your mom-squad, dad-squad or babysitters club together to learn about contemporary art with your little ones in tow! To register for the tour email Elly Baldwin at For more information visit or call us at 801.328.4201.

The Great Chili Beach Bash

Help us wipe out homelessness at the 31st Annual Great Salt Lake Chili Affair fundraiser! A night full of gourmet chili, live entertainment, a silent auction, and much more! Individual tickets are $42, or $300 for a table of eight. Purchase tickets at

Bonsai Show

Members of The Bonsai Club of Utah will exhibit different bonsai styles and arrangements, and offer demonstrations of training and shaping techniques. Trees and tools will also be available for purchase directly from the experts. Regular Garden Admission Saturday, Oct 14 from 9AM-5PM Sunday, Oct 15 from 9AM-3:30PM

Bonsai Show

Members of The Bonsai Club of Utah will exhibit different bonsai styles and arrangements, and offer demonstrations of training and shaping techniques. Trees and tools will also be available for purchase directly from the experts. Regular Garden Admission Saturday, Oct 14 from 9AM-5PM Sunday, Oct 15 from 9AM-3:30PM