The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art was first founded in 1931 as the Art Barn Association by art enthusiast Alta Rawlins Jensen. In the 1930s, the Art Barn focused its activities on supporting established and emerging Utah artists. By the early 1940s, the Art Barn gained credibility as an art institution, exhibiting nationally and internationally renowned artists, including a series of oil paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. In 1958, the Art Barn's name changed to the Salt Lake Art Center (SLAC). In 2011, SLAC changed its name to the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA). Since then, UMOCA has expanded its exhibition and community programming, and has been a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation as well as a 2015 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant award.