Lots of new energy: The top 10 moments of The Utah Enlightenment in 2021

INTRODUCTION It has been an enormous project to regain the spirited momentum that many arts and cultural organizations in Utah’s creative industries had amassed before the pandemic brought everything to a ground stop in the early spring of 2020. With resilience and durability exercised to their intrinsic advantages for respective organizations, many creative producers also … Read more

Salt Lake City’s golden age of street art in murals acknowledged by Utah Museum of Fine Arts, new downtown complexes, Visit Salt Lake tour opportunity

No doubt, Salt Lake City is in the midst of a golden age flourishing in an astounding network of murals. Street art and public art traditions have found their way into exhibitions at two of the city’s foremost museums, including the newest show at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Murals with Utah community themes … Read more

University of Utah art faculty show Space Maker at Utah Museum of Fine Arts is captivating expression of spaciousness of creativity arising from a period marked by distancing and restrictions

For the last University of Utah faculty artists exhibition, held three years ago, the show’s title was Site Lines, which played on a phrase familiar to architecture – the function of the sightline which preserves a specific line of sight for an important or meaningful space when a new building is designed. The artists, working … Read more

UMFA presents magnificent, generous traveling exhibition Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, covering century of quintessential artistic expressions

The ambitious undertaking in the traveling exhibition Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem to summarize the prodigious achievements of artists of African descent over the last century astounds in its impressive displays. There is the larger-than-life oil canvas portrait of Kevin the Kiteman, a 2016 work by Jordan Casteel, set against a … Read more

Local artists’ work available for holiday gift purchases at Utah Arts Festival, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Arts Alliance’s Urban Arts Gallery

Without the benefit of festival shows, exhibitions and gallery events during a pandemic year, many local visual artists have been challenged to stay as visible as possible. With the holiday season approaching, several of Salt Lake City’s major visual arts institutions are using digital platforms as well as their physical locations for opportunities to highlight … Read more

Utah Museum of Fine Arts reopens to the public on Aug. 26; three exhibitions worthy of must-see status

After being closed for five and a half months, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at The University of Utah will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The museum will be open for three days each week, Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Seniors and high-risk visitors are invited to visit … Read more

Utah Film Center opens May with livestream screening events including The Dog Doc, Miss Hokusai, I’m Leaving Now

The Utah Film Center continues its series of live streaming events, which are free and open to the public, during May. The next three films are, respectively, about integrative care in veterinary medicine; a historical manga series adapted for an anime film about the life of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes … Read more

Utah arts organizations make transition to online, interactive, live stream platforms, during coronavirus pandemic

Several major arts organizations in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area have adapted their programming and classes to streaming and interactive platforms. Initial responses and numbers of participants also have been encouraging, indicating that arts and culture are just as essential (if not more so), even as regular routines have been upended by the coronavirus … Read more

Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ two exhibitions offer sensational opportunity for deep dive into Japanese art, culture

After viewing The Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ (UMFA) largest presentation of Japanese art in its history, one realizes that the best way to think about the sensational works is much broader than the suggested frames of art history often told from either a Japanese or Western perspective. The reasons by which we appreciate, admire … Read more

Utah Museum of Fine Arts receives $80,000 Warhol Foundation grant for 2021 exhibition highlighting human impact on air quality and pollution

Continuing a major trend of earning national recognition for its commitment to contemporary art and innovative programs for the public, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) has received an $80,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, its second award from the foundation since 2014. UMFA will apply the grant toward … Read more