The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is Utah's primary resource for culture and visual arts. It is located in Salt Lake City, Utah on the University Of Utah campus near Rice–Eccles Stadium. Works of art are displayed on a rotating basis. It is a university and state art museum. Today the Utah Museum of Fine Arts allows the public opportunities to experience different cultures from its extensive art collections.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is accredited by The American Alliance of Museums. It has a cafe and store located inside the building along with more than 20 galleries. Permanent art collections for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts include over 17,000 works of art. The different cultures represented include African, Oceanic and the New World, Asian, European, American, and the Ancient and Classical World.
The creation of a formal art gallery on the top floor of the University of Utah's Park Building in the early 1900s marks the physical birth of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. In the beginning, paintings by local artists filled this three-room gallery. Through the next six decades, the art department at the University of Utah received major art gifts and specific requests from donors to remodel the gallery into a museum. After the renovation of the gallery was finished, the University’s president, A. Ray Olpin, established it as the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on May 6, 1951. In 1967, Frank Sanquineti was appointed as the first professional director. By this time, the Museum had entered a new period of growth which resulted in the building of a new museum.
Events and Programs
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts offers family, adult and children's programs along with tours for visitors of all ages. Activities include self-guided visits of the galleries, hands-on art projects, films, lectures, and informative guided tours. Family programs offer studio art activities on the third Saturday of each month. Adult programs include painting classes, lectures, and fine arts film series. Children's programs include special summer classes where children may combine history with art making. There are also classes for parents and their children from ages 2–5 to learn how to paint and sculpt.
Exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts generally change on a two to three month basis. Some examples of past exhibitions since 2007 include:
- Splendid Heritage: Perspective on American Indian Art (February 10, 2009 - March 1, 2010) premiered an extraordinary exhibition of cultural and artistic treasures from the John and Marva Warnock Collection with 149 objects of unique artistry and cultural expression from the Native people of the Northeast and Plains.
- Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland Museum of Art (June 23 - Sept. 21 2008) included Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Early Modernist paintings from 100 years of European masterworks in an international touring exhibition.
- Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Work by Abstract Expressionists (Jan. 19 - Mar. 29 2008) which included around sixty works of intense beauty that exhibited energy found in larger works.