Local arts leader Jóhann Jacobs joins the UMFA!

We’re proud to welcome Jóhann Jacobs, the highly esteemed former executive director of Ballet West, as the new director of development at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts!

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Jacobs has more than thirty years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, including seventeen years as chief executive officer of the region’s premier professional classical ballet company. UMFA executive director Gretchen Dietrich says Jacobs’ track record as a passionate and successful arts advocate makes him ideal to lead the Museum’s fundraising efforts.

“We’re so fortunate to have someone with Jóhann’s experience, skill, and reputation leading our development department during this period of exciting change,” says Dietrich. “He’s very skilled at cultivating and sustaining relationships across business, government, and arts communities. He’s a wonderful colleague and a terrific addition to our staff.”

At Ballet West, among other accomplishments, Jacobs led the successful $16.5 million capital campaign to construct the ballet’s new permanent home, the Jessie Eccles Quinney Centre for Dance.

“I’ve had the privilege to work with and lead some wonderful organizations in our city and region, and I’m excited to be working now on behalf of our state’s flagship fine arts museum,” says Jacobs.

Jacobs, a South Africa native, held positions with the Salt Lake Arts Council, Sundance Institute/Film Festival, and Oregon Ballet Theatre before taking the top job at Ballet West in 1997. He is a member of the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Tier I Advisory Board and is vice chair of the Utah Arts Council Board. He also teaches in the Westminster College MBA program.

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