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© 2019 by Artes de México en Utah

Fanny Blauer, CPA, National History Museum of Utah

Board Chair

Fanny Blauer is from Mexico City. She is an accountant and works at the Natural History Museum of Utah.  Fanny attended many events of Artes de Mexico en Utah and, in the fall of 2014, fomented a partnership between us and the Natural History Museum on an exhibit about chocolate. Prior to joining the board of Artes, she also created a partnership with Artes and Amigos y Libros, a club of the Salt Lake City Public Library that promotes reading in Spanish. She joined the board in winter of 2014. Fanny serves on our Governance Committee.

Silvia Norman

Board Member

Silvia Norman is Vice President of Latino Banking for Wells Fargo Bank. She is a native of Argentina and grew up in Salt Lake City. Silvia graduated from the University of Utah. She has been in banking for more than 30 years. Silvia is a generous and long-time supporter of the Latino community. Silvia serves as our Board Treasurer. Silvia serves on our Fundraising and Governance Committees.

Renato Olmedo

Board Member

Renato Olmedo-González came to us as a volunteer when he was a sophomore at the University of Utah and then became our Art Projects & Outreach Coordinator. Originally from Guadalajara, México, Renato came to the U.S. when he was 15. In 2014, he graduated from the University of Utah in Art History and Latin American Studies. He has given our bilingual talks on Mexican art and art history to thousands of students from second grade through college in our area. He was curator for our Mexico Then & Now exhibit at The Utah Pride Center in 2012. Renato is employed as the Community Outreach liaison for the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City. Renato serves as our Board Secretary and on our Executive and Education Committee.

Lourdes Cooke, Retired Media Executive

Board Member

Lourdes Cooke worked as VP/Human Resources for KSL Radio/Television for several years as well other organizations in Utah.  Lourdes received her Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Methodist University in Psychology and participated in many executive management and leadership programs. Lourdes has enjoyed serving the community of Utah in several capacities.  Presently, participates in the Human Rights Committee for the County’s Office of Diversity Affairs.  Lourdes was a very proud member for the State of Utah Governor’s Health Commission.  Also served as Citizen’s Compensation Advisory Committee.  Lourdes has also been in other boards such as the Utah's Hispanic Council, Guadalupe Schools and Catholic Community Services.  Lourdes has taught Spanish at Westminster College and Bonneville Elementary School.  Lourdes grew-up in Mexico City and has a double citizenships – Mexico and the USA.   Lourdes has two children and two grand-children.  Lourdes desires to continue growing, learning and running.

Jorge Rodriguez, Artist & Educator

Board Member

Jorge Rodriguez is an artist, public school teacher (art and English) and radio host. Jorge is a graduate of Utah Valley University with a BFA in Visual Arts and Communication. He has turned his passion for the Latino community into Park City, Utah’s only radio show in Spanish, Cada Domingo, on a public radio station, KPCW. (Park City is a wealthy ski community with a large population of Latino workers, most of Mexican origin.) His show is one of the few radio shows in Spanish in Utah that delve deeply into cultural,  as well as social and political issues affecting the Latino community. Jorge has been a key player in joining community organizations in Park City to promote the appreciation of Latino cultures and the contributions of Latinos to the area. 

Catherine Aviles, Artist & Educator 

Acting Director

Catherine was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and grew up in New York City. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English Education and History Education. Currently works for the Natural History Museum of Utah as an Education Specialist. Catherine has a passion for education and helping our communities come together through art and stories.

Edgar Gomez

Advisory Board Member


Bernardo Flores Sahagun

Advisory Board Member


Jorge Rojas

Advisory Board Member

Director of Education and Engagement, Utah Museum of Fine Arts 

Susan Voguel

Advisory Board Member

Independent Scholar

Janine Sheldon

Advisory Board Member

Former development professional, LACMA, Berkeley Art Museum

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