Price praised UMOCA's trustees and staff as "among the strongest I've ever seen. As a result, I'm able to look forward to a brief sabbatical before starting my next cultural engagement knowing that UMOCA will be in good hands."
Under Price's direction, UMOCA has seen its fund-raising go up nearly 50 percent, while its audience has grown by 500 percent to more than 100,000 annually. He also oversaw such community events as Luke Jerram's "Play Me, I'm Yours" (which put pianos on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City) and the Art Truck (bringing art commissions free to area schools). Price is also credited with creating a new national prize for contemporary art, reducing the museum's overhead costs and cost-per-visitor, launching an artist-in-residence program to give Utah artists a chance at a national career without moving away, and hiring two curators from Los Angeles and Berlin to bring internationally recognized artists' work to Utah.
"Adam's departure is a real loss for the museum," Roy Jespersen, president of UMOCA's Board of Trustees, said in a statement. "He guided the institution through a very turbulent period and we are grateful that he left the museum in much better condition than he found it."