Monique Ho Ching, Liz Bogus, Kevin Garner, Hazel Coppola, Veronica Montes, Sam Forlenza, Kris Allen, John Stitt, Adrienne Krueger, Eva Quintus-Bosz, Nick Hadfield, Kathie Zumbro, Sandra Atanackovic, Libby Peterson, Jill Meyer, Richard Harmston, Drew Reynolds, and Blake Bennett.
Below are a few featured bios of individuals who have created work for us to enjoy digitally. We hope you’ll enjoy in-person programs with everyone in this group once tours resume!
Monique was born and raised in Sandy, Utah, and is very intentional in representing her Samoan heritage and the 801 in all of her work. She is motivated by a desire to give back to her family, culture, and beloved SLC community while paving new paths for younger generations.
Monique served as the Pacific Islander Student Senate at Weber State University, where she also implemented a Pacific Island focused art exhibit, outreach programs, and community events. She is now president of the Art History Student Association at the U and a proud Art Ambassador for the UMFA while studying to become a curator. She is also a co-creator for Salt Lake’s Pasifika First Fridays, a monthly community-wide art cooperative aimed at elevating Pacific Islander art and artists in SLC. Read Monique's Blog post, "Diaspora Blues in the Arts of the Pacific."
Jill E. Meyer holds a B.A. from the University of Utah and an M.A. from the University of Delaware in art history. She enjoyed presenting public gallery talks while employed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and IBM Gallery in New York City and the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.
Jill discovered the joy of working in art museums while volunteering at the UMFA as an undergraduate. Many years later, she is delighted to be in the art museum world again—a place where she feels happy and inspired. Jill is a staff member and art history instructor in Continuing Education and Community Engagement at the U and volunteer docent and Art Ambassador at the UMFA. Listen to a stop on Jill's tour, Empowering Women: The Female Figure in Art.
Adrienne Krueger is currently a senior studying Art History and International Studies at the University of Utah Honors College. She has been fascinated by art and museums for as long as she can remember and is honored to be an UMFA Art Ambassador. Adrienne is invested in decolonizing museums and the practice of art history, as well as increasing their collective accessibility. She developed her tour, “Fashioning the Body,” based on her interest in the relationship between fashion and power. Her tour is designed to prompt questions about how we dress, how fashion curates our bodies, and how power is conveyed or maintained through fashion. She’s excited to share this bit of her tour with you, and hopes that you enjoy it! Listen to a stop from Adrienne's tour here.
With a B.S. in medical technology from Indiana University, Kathie was employed in hospital blood banks her entire career. She began her art educationby taking the UMFA’s docent training in 1984, extending her initial two-year commitment as a volunteer docent to stay for thirty years! She now stays involved as an Art Ambassador. Her relationship with the UMFA has been an educational and rewarding experience.
Kathie loves to travel (eighty countries so far) and her favorite activity abroad is visiting the great art museums and archeological wonders of the world. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, wine tasting, reading (especially history), and exploring new recipes. Listen to a stop on Kathie's tour, Art and S.T.E.M, here.
Nick dabbles in many realms, with a background in non-profit planning work, communications, design, and media critique. He’s interested in the unique ways each person experiences art, and hopes to help people find personal connections to the art that surrounds us in this media-rich age.
When not planning tours and recording audio guides, he can be found sweating around the Avenues, watching movies with his roommate, or being bitten by his cat.