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
Nancy Rivera – Gallery Manager
Nancy Rivera was born in Mexico City, but has called Salt Lake City home from an early age. She received her MFA in Photography from the University of Utah in 2016, and her BFA in Photography from Weber State University in 2010. She has lent her talents as a Documentation Intern at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011 and as an Exhibition Archivist at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in 2010. Nancy joined the Craft Lake City team in 2012 as the Volunteer Coordinator and as the Exhibition Coordinator in 2015. Currently, she’s the Gallery Manager at CUAC and continues to work as an independent artist, showing her work locally and nationally.
Mo Edwards – Education Specialist
Mo Edwards is currently the education specialist at CUAC in Salt Lake City. She received training in Printmaking from University of Utah and Utah state University. She has four years of teaching experience and curriculum development. Mo enjoys teaching a wide variety of art mediums and styles. She strives to introduce children to contemporary art in a way that challenges and engages them with new ideas. She teaches free classes for children at four public library locations and hopes to expand the program to more libraries.
Mo lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and young son. She also loves demolition derbys.
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.
John Bell – Board Member
A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburg (1987), Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist incorporating painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, writing, installation and performance into his work. Exploring the intersections of social media, digital imagery, performance & natural processes. His work depicts wide-ranging themes from political satire, pop culture values to the diminishing public domain. “I like to refer to my work as post modern mash-ups. Combining elements from various artistic disciplines while commenting on the ironic complexities of contemporary culture & challenging its veracity”.
Erik A. Christiansen – Board Member
Erik A. Christiansen is a lawyer, art lover, art collector, a former Chair of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the International Sculpture Center.
Marcie Collett – Board Member
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.
Daniel Daines – Board Member
Daniel Daines is an Associate with Snell & Wilmer, where his practice focuses on general corporate transactional law, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, business finance, and negotiating and drafting commercial contracts and business agreements.
Gale Davis – Board Member
Gale Davis is a restauranteur and air traffic controller and artist. He studied visual art at Washington University in St Louis, Mo.
Drew Hansen – Board Member
Drew leads Corporate Development at Qualtrics, a software-as-a-service company providing the world’s leading insight platform, where he is also a member of the executive team.
Before Qualtrics, Drew was the Director of Editorial Operations & Business Development at Forbes Media. He joined Forbes from True/Slant, the digital media startup Forbes acquired in June 2010.
He started his career as a management consultant for Bain & Company, where he focused on growth strategy for technology and media companies.
Drew fell in love with contemporary art when he lived in Manhattan and believes art is essential to the economic ecosystem emerging along Utah’s Wasatch Front.
Michael Horne – Board Member
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.
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.
Diane Stewart – Board Member
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. She is an avid traveler and enjoys leisure time with her husband Sam, and their 7 grandchildren.