Adam Bateman – Executive Director/Curator
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
Marcela Torres is a sculpture student at the University of Utah. She has experience working in art education at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and several other art education organizations in Salt Lake City. She currently oversees the Art in the Library Program offered by CUAC and the Salt Lake City Public Library and she is assisting with expanding our education efforts.
Marcie has 18 years of development and nonprofit management experience with educational and arts organizations. From 1997 to 2005, she wrote and managed a collaborative Department of Education grant that increased from $138,000 to $425,000 and eventually served 1,400 students. From 2006 through the present, she has fulfilled a variety of development and administrative roles for the Utah (formerly SLC) Film Center, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and most recently for the University of Utah’s Development Office.
Chris Anderson – Board Secretary
Chris lives in Spring City, Utah, and is a shareholder with Durham Jones & Pinegar in 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
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.
Gale Davis is a restauranteur and air traffic controller and artist. He studied visual art at Washington University in St Louis, Mo.
Analecia Dumke is a philanthropist and community activist.
Erik A. Christiansen – Board Member
Erik A. Christiansen is a lawyer, art lover, art collector, a former Chair of UMOCA, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the International Sculpture Center.