UAA Board of Directors

Board Officers

Jason Bowcutt

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Victoria Bernier

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Vanessa Martineau

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Lesly Allen

Lesly’s passion for the arts began in her teens with photography and later studying the art form as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. Lesly served several years with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Art Works for Kids program at her daughters’ school as a classroom volunteer and fundraiser. Lesly received a Masters Degree in Community Leadership Arts Administration from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She was the creator and administrator of the 9 Pillars Mural Project, an outdoor mural project raising awareness about youth experiencing homelessness.  Lesly serves the Utah Arts Alliance in a variety of capacities, including Development Committee Chair, grant writer and past Urban Art Festival Artist Market Place Coordinator. As Arts Council Director for South Salt Lake, Lesly works to support South Salt Lake’s creative community through public art projects, arts programming and events, including SSL’s annual Mural Fest.

Board Members

Derek Dyer

Derek Dyer is an artist, arts administrator, and advocate for the arts and social causes.

Derek is the founder and Executive Director of Utah Arts Alliance (UAA). Since 2003 Derek has guided the UAA and helped establish its five venues: The SLC Arts Hub, The Urban Arts Gallery, The Art Garden, Counterpoint Recording Studios, and the Dreamscapes – Salt Lake City’s Immersive Art Experience as well as its many programs and events including the Urban Arts Festival, which is the largest free art event in Utah, Illuminate – Utah’s Light Art and Creative Tech Fest and Mural Fest a public art festival. Derek is also the founder of KUAA 99.9FM Salt Lake City’s Multilingual and Multicultural community radio station.

Derek has been an active Board and Committee member for numerous organizations including: Visit Salt Lake, Utah Cultural Alliance, SLC Downtown Alliance, South Salt Lake Arts Council, The Grand Theater, Element 11 – Utah’s Regional Burning Man Event, and has served on advisory boards for Americans for the Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Salt Lake City Corp, and Salt Lake City Arts Council. He has served as a featured juror for major exhibits by the Bountiful Davis Art Center, The Eccles Art Center, and the Woodbury Museum.

Derek is also an artist and has exhibited extensively at the local and national levels. His work has been published in several books and magazines internationally including the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records, for his World’s Largest Disco Ball art piece.

Awards: Derek received the Joe McQueen Lifetime Achievement Award by the Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation. The Community Foundation of Utah named Derek as one of the top Enlightened Entrepreneurs of Utah. Catalyst Magazine named Derek as one of the top “Change Agents” in the State of Utah that have created positive change in Utah. The City of South Salt Lake awarded Derek as the Top Local Arts Advocate in 2019. Last year Derek and Utah Arts Alliance received the prestigious Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts.

Kent Rigby

Kent is a licensed architect and is employed by ajc architects, SLC, as a Senior Associate, and has more than 43 years of architectural experience.

Kent was the UAA Gallery Director at the 300 West and Main Street Galleries between 2006 and 2014.

Built and operated the UAA MRP recording studio at 127 S. Main Street from 2008 until the City demolished the building in 20014. The UAA obtained the legendary Counterpoint Studios at 2335 S. West Temple St., SLC, in 2014, which is now home to MRP, where the focus remains on providing discounted, high quality recording services in a world class recording studio. Has provided discounted recording services for the UAA for more than 50 projects in the past 8 years.

MRP recording artists have received awards and nominations in several City Weekly’s Best Of Utah editions including Max Pain and the Groovies, Best Band; Dark Seas, Best Band; Tony Holiday and the Velvetones, Best Blues Album; and J.J. Jennings, Best Country Album.

Kent won the SLC Mayor’s Artist Award for contributions to the field of visual art in 2000.

Lia Summers

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Andrew Barrett Watson

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Michael S Anderson

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Mauro Romualdo “Jamaika”

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Sitori Holbrook

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Advisory Board Members

LaShel Shaw

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Lance Atrill Lavizzo

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Sherri Candland

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Keith Eccles

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