The annual Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) gala is always highly anticipated. It is a chance to support UMOCA as well as see what’s new in Utah art, fashion and music. This year’s event featured fashion by Heidi Gress of HMG productions along with styling by Lunatic Fringe. Art was on display and was sold via silent auction.
Models were staged around the venue as still life fashion installations, all styled around the event’s theme—”Vicious”—a reference to Sid Vicious, the bassist of the Sex Pistols. Attendees were encouraged to come wearing “cocktail punk chic,” and most enthusiastically participated. The event was emceed by Bill Allred of X96’s morning show Radio From Hell, who lent his trademark voice in assisting UMOCA reach their fundraising goals by hosting the gala.
Delicious food was casually served, including fish and chips, gourmet hot dogs, homemade potato chips and burgers. Drinks were abundant and varied, including Ogden’s own Five Wives Vodka and Vida Tequila. Local punk band Foster Body brought the noise with an energetic live performance.
The evening was an eclectic amalgamation of high culture and punk rock style, which was surely a first for Utah’s art scene.