The Central Utah Art Center in Ephraim is facing an August 20 deadline for eviction by the city. The center is known as “the quack” for C-U-A-C. The center's director Adam Bateman claims city officials are making the move because they believe one current art exhibit may be too risqué for the general public. He says the eviction comes as a total shock.
“We have a lot of Ephraim citizens who come and see our art shows and participate in our education things and we spend a lot of money that town. It’s really unfortunate that some art that they deem inappropriate for Ephraim undermines all of the positives that we bring," he says.
Bateman says the center has continued to serve hundreds of K through 12 kids as well as Snow College students and the community in general and had planned to do more.
That is contrary to claims by city leaders who say they’re questioning the center’s value to the community. Ephraim City Manager Regan Bolli says Bateman is painting the wrong picture.
“I know Adam is trying to turn this into a censorship issue but it’s just not. I don’t know any other way to put it. There’s been questionable art in there, or art that people might say is inappropriate, or whatever, that could have been censored years ago and never has been. This was based purely on a failure to perform,” Bolli says.
“Quack” board member Andrew Shaw says they are actively looking for other venues and could possibly do some pop-up exhibits.