Adam Bateman – Board Member (currently non-voting), Facilitator
Adam Bateman, an Ephraim, Utah native, is a practicing artist who has exhibited internationally including shows at HPGRP Gallery and Benrimon Contemporary in New York City, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, BYU’s Museum of Art, Utah Museum of Fine Art in Utah, Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland, and Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles.He also founded and operates Birch Creek Ranch, both a summer camp for kids and an artist residency program that works closely with CUAC. At CUAC, Adam was the first director to bring contemporary art and during the last 8 years has served alternately as director and as a board member and has been the primary curator of exhibitions that have made CUAC relevant on an international scale. He views himself as an artist first, and his approach as a curator is more of a facilitator with good artists and outside curators. His aim with CUAC has been to foster community and to explore ideas related to his own art through the medium of curatorial practice, which he sees as related to artistic practices within the field of relational aesthetics. www.adambateman.com
Chris Anderson – Board Secretary
Chris lives in Spring City, Utah, and is a partner in the regional law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, based out of its Salt Lake City office. His law practice focuses on business, securities and international legal issues, and he has extensive background in venture capital transactions for emerging-growth companies, and in the representation of high-technology companies in the initial stages of development. Chris is a past President of the Securities and International Sections of the Utah State Bar. Other nonprofit affiliations include work with the Utah MicroEnterprise Loan Fund, the Tanner Dance Program and Spring City Arts. Chris comes from a large family of art aficionados, enjoys traditional Utah art, and is a closet painter-wannabe. His free time is spent working with his wife, Alison, to restore a pioneer era home, or enjoying the adventures of their four children.
Matthew Choberka – Board President
Matthew Choberka is a painter and Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Visual Arts at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he is currently serving as Dept Chair. He received his M.F.A. in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2005, and previously studied at the New York Studio School, the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, and Columbia College Chicago. His paintings and mixed-media works engage the instability and complexity of the contemporary world, by way of a serial approach to the image that hybridizes the languages of drawing and painting. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions at the Governor’s Island Art Fair in New York Harbor, Raid Projects in Los Angeles, and Beaux-Arts des Ameriques in Montreal. His work is currently represented by galleryELL in Brooklyn and by Beaux-Arts des Ameriques in Montreal. Matthew lives with his wife Angela, daughter Olivia, and son Luca in Ogden. www.matthewchoberka.com
Mikell Stringham, a Utah native, is founder and owner of Mondo Fine Art ( www.mondofineart.com ), a gallery that represents local, national and international artists in a pop-up exhibition format, collaborating with various venues and businesses. She is also the founder of the Mondo Art Project (MAP), a passion project connecting children around the world through drawings and murals ( http://www.mondofineart.com/mondo-art-project ). Mikell received her BA from the University of Utah in business marketing and continued her education in Italy at the Florence University of the Arts, where she studied painting, photography, interior design, and gallery management. Mikell currently serves on the Utah Museum of Fine Art Young Benefactor’s Executive Committee which advises on and recommends artists and artworks to be acquired for the museum’s permanent contemporary art collection. When not curating a show and consulting, or working with MAP, Mikell enjoys traveling – especially to international art fairs!
Diane Stewart resides in Salt Lake City and is a community leader and activist. She is an art patron and collector. Diane is a Governor appointed member of the Utah Arts Council, and also serves on several community boards, including Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts National Leadership Council, Art Access/VSA Utah, Spring City Arts, and the Education Resource Development Council for the University of Utah. Diane is passionate about the arts and the mission of CUAC to bring contemporary art and artists to Utah. She is an avid traveler and enjoys leisure time with her husband Sam, and their 7 grandchildren.
Andrew Shaw, a Nebraskan transplant to Utah, is a musician, sound artist, designer, librarian, and communications professional. Andrew wrote, performed, and recorded the musical score for the feature film “Must Come Down” and has performed and exhibited sound works for the Oh Nancy collective at GARFO Gallery in Salt Lake City and the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles. He currently works in Communications for the Salt Lake City Public Library. Andrew lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Mary Toscano, and chihuahua, Buddy.
Paul Crow is a practicing artist working in photography, video and installation, and received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2005. He has worked at California Institute of the Arts and is now an Assistant Professor of Art at Weber State University in Ogden.
Michael Horne is the CEO of Skweez, a SLC based marketing firm. He is a fan of contemporary art. He studied business and film at the University of Utah.