OCA Artist Factory

Invest in Your Community through Arts Education

Since launching OCA Artist Factory in the spring of 2022, our community partnerships began with one organization, one location in Ogden, roughly forty-two students, and five professional teaching artists. In just over two years, our partnerships have expanded to seven organizations, thirteen locations in Ogden, Roy, and Farmington, over one thousand students, more than fourty local teaching artists, and we’ve hosted eight visiting artist workshops.


Last year we launched Artist Factory Tours, where we’ve led local schools and universities, after-school programs, art organizations, and caregiving organizations on exhibition tours, accompanied by art activities inspired by our exhibitions. These tours have proven to be one of our most popular programs.


At Ogden Contemporary Arts, our vision is to empower artists with the facilities, environment, and experience to excel in their medium and enrich their lives, and that includes our local youth. Our goal is to continue to grow our youth arts education programming, strengthen our impact, support local artists and teachers, and give our youth the ability to think creatively, develop original ideas, and understand the importance of collaboration. Arts education gives these youth the tools and confidence needed to succeed in whatever career path they choose. Ultimately, they become more well-rounded and capable members of our community.


We do not pursue this vision alone. As a donor, you are investing in our community through arts education.


Whether you can give $5 or $5,000, a gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. Another way you can support is through our Artist Factory Walmart Registry.


Thank you Weber County RAMP and BLICK Art Materials for providing funding and art supplies for our Artist Factory workshops!


Thank you Stewart Family Foundation for investing $5,000 in our 2023 Artist Factory Summer Campaign!

What Do We Teach At The OCA Artist Factory?


The process of creating artwork by printing, normally on paper, but also on fabric, wood, metal, and other surfaces using ink and etchings.


The process of using salt, honey, pigment, flowers, and more to paint and create, building sustainable young artists for the future!

Artist Factory Photography


The process of capturing images digitally and via the film process with DSLRs and disposable cameras, then the process of editing digitally on Adobe Photoshop


The photographic process is by painting cyanotype chemicals on paper, placing a negative atop the painted paper, and exposing the negative and paper to the sun.


The art or technique of representing an object or outlining a figure, plan, or sketch by means of lines. We teach various levels of drawing.


Painting is the act or process of using paint. The paint can create an artwork known as a painting, or it can be used more practically as a protective coating or form of decoration. Paintings are a form of visual art that captures the expression of ideas and emotions on a two-dimensional surface.


Videography refers to the electronic capture of moving images on electronic media, such as digital cameras, videotapes, and streaming media. This includes specific methods of video editing and post-production as well. We teach DSLRs and Adobe Premiere Pro to our students.


We teach the importance of performance art and social justice — what is a performance piece? Artwork that includes the body and movement to express ideas, beliefs, and anything in between.

What Is The OCA Artist Factory?

The Artist Factory hosts and administers a comprehensive schedule of quality workshops taught by professional artists. Most recently, we’ve partnered with local organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis, Youth Impact, YCC Family Crisis Center, The Monarch, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, and the Weber Valley Youth Center.


Our teaching artists develop lesson plans that engage media across artistic disciplines including photography, videography, painting, drawing, printmaking, performance art, new genres, and more.


Research shows that students who participate in extracurricular arts programs volunteer more within their community, maintain higher grades across all subjects, and are more likely to attend college compared to peers who do not participate in extracurricular arts programs. By expanding our youths’ skills, knowledge, and confidence in an array of art forms and providing community platforms for them to showcase their talents, we believe that partnering with local organizations helps our youth achieve success at school, home, and beyond.


To learn more about bringing OCA Artist Factory to your organization please contact our program coordinator Kasey Lindley at kasey@ogdencontemporaryarts.org.


Are you interested in teaching youth workshops for OCA? Send us your resume!


OCA Artist Factorty Instructor – Angelika Brewer

Angelika Brewer


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Angelika Brewer is the Ogden City Poet Laureate, an artist and an award winning writer. She has been featured on 15 Bytes: Artists of Utah, Voyage Utah, Standard-Examiner, KUED, The LQ, Toasted Lavender Podcast, LITerally Podcast, and more. She has been working with youth in schools and programs across Utah to offer them resources and creative outlets for the last decade. She is a two time featured speaker at the Utah Conference of Teachers of English, a two time competitor in “Literary Deathmatch” and has performed at the Utah Arts Festival, Ogden Arts Festival, Metaphor, Women in Music, and other events.

She self published and self bound her first chapbook, “I Don’t Want To Miss You” and her work was featured in the compilation “First Moon Manual.” Her journalistic writings have been a part of various newspapers and magazines and she has had two solo art exhibits. She has been teaching Creative Writing classes for 9 years and loves to encourage others to dabble in their creativity. She is responsible for the Ogden Ar(t)chives Mailbox on 25th Street in Ogden.

Above all, Angelika is an advocate for the arts and accessibility. She believes that creativity is the greatest tool we have. By offering space, resources, and opportunities for the artistic idea to flourish, Angelika seeks to encourage a community that welcomes creative thought and communication. Outside of creating art, she loves spending time with her family, gardening, singing and dancing, and spending time with nature.

OCA Artist Factory Instructor – Samantha DaSilva

Samantha da Silva


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Samantha da Silva (1978) is a Brazilian-born artist and art educator living in Salt Lake City, UT. She is a third-generation artist shaped by migration, assimilation, and her desire to create. She has moved over forty times as a result of natural disasters and life circumstances. Like many who have experienced migration, she underwent a process of assimilation at the crucial age of 10, and her relationship with things was forever altered by having to leave so much behind. Her artwork has become a navigational tool that helps to connect her to new surroundings and provides a form of consistency in a life full of movement. 

She is best known for her large-scale relief sculptures that resemble topographic maps and cracked earth, made from found materials such as dirt and sawdust. The themes of her work revolve around belonging, spirituality, mapmaking, and resourcefulness.

As an educator, daSilva has partnered with progressive institutions including: The Imiloa Institute, Costa Rica, Donkey Mill Art Center, Hawai’i, Metchosin International School of the Arts, Canada and Atelier Saint-Germain, France.

Miriam Gutierrez


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Born in the central valley of California, Miriam Gutierrez’s artistic endeavors really took flight when she moved to Utah at the age of 15. Being surrounded by mountains, wildlife, and the change of seasons really sparked an interest in documenting these scenes on paper and eventually on walls and wood. She attended SLCC in her early years dabbling in various art classes like welding, figure/perspective drawing and printmaking. Fast forward almost a decade later, Miriam is a full-time artist primarily focused on line illustration drawing, painting large scale murals and woodburning. She generally uses pencil and ink tools creating detailed drawings and sketches using methods like stippling and line drawing and is also dedicated to mastering each medium she explores. Miriam finds joy in teaching art classes for the youth so that she can pass along her knowledge. You can find her work all around the Salt Lake Valley both as an individual artist and in collaborations. Themes such as realism, nature, storytelling, and identity are deeply rooted in her work. Her recurring themes are inspired by the natural world and focusing on fine details, textures, and often coming from a unique perspective.

Sarah May


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Sarah May (she/hers) is a biracial Salvadoreña artist, weaver, storyteller, and community organizer based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with her BFA in Photography & Digital Imaging and her MA in Community Leadership with an Emphasis in Art & Culture from Westminster College. Sarah has led designated spaces of healing, connection, and empowerment for BIPOC communities in Salt Lake City utilizing art, knowledge, and wisdom from BIPOC and Indigenous communities. She creates work through cyanotype photography, writing, weaving, and retablo ofrendas to reflect her journey exploring identity as being cyclical and evolving and connecting to ancestry as a healing ritual and ceremony. Sarah has completed four national and international artist residencies with her most recent artist-in-residency at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York. Sarah is also a part of the Latinx writers and artist group Plumas Colectiva leading community events centering the QTBIPOC community in Utah. She is more recently a part of Making Waves for Great Salt Lake Artist Collaborative, a team of three artists, poets, educators, organizers, and Lake-facing humans passionate about creating intimacy and relationship with Great Salt Lake, the creatures that call the Lake their home, and our connected waterbodies.

Austin Luckett


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Austin Luckett, currently located in Ogden, UT, is a photographer deeply enamored with the majestic landscapes and untamed wildlife of the American West, alongside its structured urban tapestry.


Through Luckett’s lens, the essence of the West is vividly captured. Luckett’s imagery transcends the ordinary, presenting familiar scenes in a fresh light that beckons viewers to rediscover their surroundings, fostering a renewed reverence for the natural world.


With a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia, Luckett’s journey as a landscape designer has profoundly influenced his artistic vision as a photographer and teacher.

Kellene Greenwood


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Kellene Greenwood is a ceramic artist and educator. She recently graduated from Weber State University with a BFA in Visual 3D Art. Kellene’s specialty is scupture and Ceramics.

Kasey Lindley


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Kasey studied at the New York Studio Program, received her BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design, and her MFA from the University of Connecticut. With over 6 years of teaching experience, Kasey has enthusiastically passed her love of the arts on to her students; encouraging curiosity, boundary pushing, and innovation. Kasey has taught youth art classes for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Donkey Mill Art Center, and Salt & Honey Prism Studio.

OCA Artist Factory Instructor – Colour Maisch

Colour Maisch


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Colour was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Southern California. She received her BA in Spanish and Political Science and her MFA in Sculpture/Ceramics at the University of Utah. She has exhibited throughout Utah and in surrounding western states and has also participated in several artist residencies, taught art at the University of Utah and facilitated art classes for recently arrived refugee children as way to promote language skills and creative exploration. She was also on staff at Huntsman Cancer Institute where she taught art classes for patients, families and staff as a component of holistic healing. Colour believes that creativity is an inherent part of being human and that accessing this creativity is a way to still our minds and broaden our perspective about the world around us.

OCA Artist Factory Instructor – Kristen Mitchell

Kristen Mitchell


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Kristen Mitchell is a visual artist whose diverse practice includes material works, community projects, and cross media collaborations. Her work spans digital and physical spectrums to foster new ways of relating to the complexity of our current moment as we grapple with materiality, virtuality, and social and ecological justice crises. She is highly engaged in collaborative art practices as a founder and producer of Living Marks, a cross-media improvisation platform, as a member of The Revolution School, an art collective, and is a contributor to Virtual Care Lab, a series of creative experiments in remote togetherness and is a member of The Rev School art collective, embodying quantum physics/sci-fi/fantasy co-worldings. Her studio drawing practice centers on the relationship of specificity to value, geologic time, and documentation of force through drawing. She has served as chair of the Summit County Public Art Board, public art archivist for Park City and Summit County, public art selection committees, and as a juror for the Utah Film Festival. Awards, grants and residencies include Ogden City Arts Grant, Nine Rails Creative District Grant, Utah State Professional Development Grant, Vermont Studio Center Scholarship Award, Best in Show Award – Kimball Art Center, Juror’s Award – Utah State Annual, Utah Museum of Natural History Artist-in-Residence, Taft Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities Artist-in-Residence, residency at REDCAT theater gallery at CalArts, and workshops presented with 18th St Arts and The Armory in L.A. Her work is included in private and public collections including L.A. County Museum of Art, the Summit County public art collection, and the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection.

OCA Artist Factorty Instructor – Nancy Andruk Olson

Nancy Andruk Olson


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Nancy Andruk Olson has been a lifetime painter. She started painting as a child with her mother, who is an art teacher, and never stopped. Raised in Los Angeles, she attended Art Center College of Design as a high school student. Andruk Olson has a BFA in painting from BYU, where she spent most of her time working with Bruce Hixson Smith. She also has a post-Baccalaureate certificate from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Nancy’s painting approach is direct, using impressionist techniques. Improvisation, the interaction of paint, the interplay of materials and intensity of color are part of her visual language.

Andruk Olson started the Art Start program at her children’s elementary school when she saw that an art program was not present. Art Start is still in place and is a 100% donation and volunteer program that serves 750 students per month. Nancy also teaches weekly youth art classes at the Bountiful Davis Art Center, and adult workshops that focus on learning new materials.

OCA Artist Factorty Instructor – Rebecca Pletsch

Rebecca Pletsch


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Rebecca Pletsch received her BFA from BYU with an emphasis in painting. She works primarily in the genres of collage, painting, and murals. Rebecca has exhibited her work in numerous juried, group and solo exhibitions across the state of Utah, including shows at The Museum of Utah Art & History, The Springville Museum of Art, The Museum of Church History and Art and a solo show of her collage work at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, UT. Rebecca has also won several awards for her work. In addition, she also works as a freelance web designer and illustrator and currently resides in Orem, UT.

Jorge Rojas

Jorge Rojas


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Born in Morelos, Mexico, Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, independent curator, and art educator. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas’s experience as an educator often intersects his interests as an artist, making work that reflects on issues of interpretation, institutional critique, and the role of cultural, social, and mediated forms of communication in the world. From 2015-2021, Rojas served as director of learning and engagement at Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), where he oversaw education, community engagement, and programming initiatives for the Museum. At the UMFA, he lead a team of seven professional arts educators who developed and coordinated nationally recognized museum and outreach efforts that annually serve over 60,000 people, including close to 20,000 K-12 students in schools across Utah. Rojas also spearheaded the award-winning ACME (Art. Community. Museum. Education.) , an innovative community engagement initiative dedicated to rethinking the public role of museums. During this time, Rojas oversaw and co-curated multiple exhibitions in the UMFA’s ACME Lab, a space for art experimentation and community-based exhibitions. Prior to his appointment at the UMFA, Rojas was site director for the Venture Humanities Course, where he promoted continuing education among immigrant, refugee, and under-represented populations through a partnership between local universities and Utah Humanities. He taught art history to high school students through the Clemente Course in the Humanities, and was the first Teaching Artist-in-Residence at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, where he developed and integrated art programming into the hospital setting through outpatient and inpatient classes, workshops, and exhibitions. Artists of Utah/15 Bytes named Rojas one of Utah’s Most Influential Artists in 2019. In 2022 he was selected as a Visual Arts Fellow for the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and received the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award. Rojas’s combined practice as a curator, artist, educator, and community leader directly align with his passion for working with communities towards social, racial and cultural justice. Rojas lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Heath Satow


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Heath has been designing, fabricating, and installing public art in various metals for over three decades. After graduating from the design college at North Carolina State University, he began his career as an independent artist in Raleigh, NC. He later moved to California, eventually settling in the Arts District area of downtown Los Angeles. There he was an active community member and was elected to serve on the Arts District’s neighborhood council. After seventeen years in California, Heath chose to move his sculpture studio and make Ogden his home. His large public artworks can be found in locations all over the world from Alaska to Dubai. His more recent works have made extensive use of polished stainless steel, corten, and gold.

OCA Artist Factory Instructor – Doug Tolman

Doug Tolman


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Douglas Tolman (he) is an interdisciplinary artist primarily practicing in Great Salt Lake and Colorado River Watersheds. He believes inquiry, sense of place, and solution-oriented dialogue are the strongest tools we have for fixing the West’s socio-ecological problems. Residing in the space between sculpture, image, and community work, his practice is informed by place-based youth education, ecological science, and human-powered movement. He is currently in MFA Candidacy at the University of Utah as a Research Excellence Fellow and a recent recipient of the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards. By facilitating generative spaces of inquiry, he attempts to deepen his community’s sense of place in pursuit of solutions to climate and land-use challenges.

Bianca Velasquez


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Bianca Velasquez (she/her) is a Salt Lake City local who has been involved with the arts and music community for over a decade. Velasquez is currently a freelance writer for several publications including Southwest Contemporary, Hyperallergic, and SLUG Magazine. As an artist, Velasquez works in acrylics, digital art, beadwork and more. After working as SLUG Magazine’s Managing Editor at 25, Velasquez has poured herself into her visual art, captivating her relationship to family, herself and the act of recording. Velasquez’ beadwork interrogates the process of negotiating space, both physically on the canvas and emotionally as she carves out space within herself for the lengthy task of self realization. Velasquez currently holds a Vice-Chair position for local non-profit Mestizo Arts and serves as a curator and event organizer for the Mestizo Gallery.


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