Utah Arts Council

Established in 1899 by the Utah Legislature three short years after Utah received statehood, the Utah Arts Council (UAC) is the primary agency through which Utah State Legislature appropriations and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts combine to stimulate and advance the arts in all their phases in the state. The Council supports individual artists, arts and cultural organizations and constituents by:

  • state coordinator and advisor
  • assist with professional development where needed
  • providing direct matching grants to more than 200 nonprofit organizations across the state
  • conducting programs which provide more than 500 outreach services to schools, local arts councils and organizations, community centers, performing groups and individual artists
  • serving as a catalyst for arts programming throughout the state
  • assisting arts organizations, groups and individuals in bringing the arts to the people of Utah

The Board of Directors of the Utah Arts Council is a policy-making board composed of 13 members, each appointed to a four-year term by the Governor and ratified by the Utah Senate. Nine seats are dedicated to representatives of the following disciplines: architecture, dance, folk arts, media, music, theatre, sculpture, literature and visual arts. Four seats are appointed from the community at large.

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Utah Arts Council Board Members

Lisa Arnett Salt Lake City, Prescott Muir Architects, Architecture
Jansen Davis Chair Centerville, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, Performing Arts
Caitlin Gochnour Vice Chair Ogden, Former Member, Ogden City Council, At-Large
Johann Jacobs Immediate Past Chair Salt Lake City, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Dance
Amy Jorgensen Ephraim, Granary Art Center, Visual Arts
Kimi Kawashima Salt Lake City, Westminster College, Music
Heidi Prokop Salt Lake City, Zions Bank, At-Large
Clive Romney Salt Lake City, Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts, Folk Arts
Krista Sorenson Salt Lake City, Sorenson Impact Foundation Board, At-Large
Leroy Transfield Orem, Sculptor, Sculpture
Ken Verdoia Cottonwood Heights, Journalist, Media Arts
Jeni Wilson Layton, At-Large
Natalie Young Cedar City, Sugar House Review, Literary Arts

Office of Museum Services

The Office of Museum Services’ mission is to advance the value of museums within Utah and to enable the broadest physical, intellectual and emotional access to collections and programs. The Office assists Utah museums in improving their ability to:

  • care for and manage collections
  • develop quality educational resources
  • provide access to collections for research
  • identify and successfully compete for financial resources

The Advisory Board for the Office of Museum Services is composed of 11 members, each appointed to a four-year term by the Governor. A minimum of at least six members must be qualified, trained and experienced museum professionals. The remaining five seats are appointed from the community at large.

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Office of Museum Services Board Members

Diana Azevedo St. George, Executive Director, St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site

Nichol Bourdeaux Salt Lake City, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Utah Transit Authority, At-Large

Carl Camp Vice Chair Fillmore, Director, Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum

Tim Glenn Green River, Executive Director, John Wesley Powell River History Museum

Shane Gosdis Salt Lake City, Senior Associate, Vantus Law Group, At-Large

Sharon Johnson Logan, Volunteer, Cache County Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum

Erin Litvack Salt Lake City, Deputy Mayor/Chief Administrative Officer, Salt Lake County, At-Large

Bill Sanders Layton, Pioneer Histories Manager, Heritage Museum of Layton

Susan Stevenson Layton, At-Large

Mike Washburn Lehi, President and CEO, Thanksgiving Point, At-Large

Rita Wright Chair Springville, Executive Director, Springville Museum of Art

Arts & Culture Business Alliance

Established in 2015 by the Utah State Legislature to support arts, culture, and business alliances in Utah.

Arts & Culture Business Alliance Members

Rick Horne Salt Lake City
Marcia Price Salt Lake City
Kelly Stowell Kanab
James Huntsman Salt Lake City
Craig Jessop Chair Logan
Lt. Governor Spencer Cox Fairview
Victoria Panella Bourns Salt Lake City

The Glass Menagerie, Pioneer Theatre Company
L-R: Hanley Smith and Logan James Hall