UMFA March 2016 Events

. February 17, 2016

ACME Session I—Museums: What Are They Good For?
Wednesday, March 9 | 7 pm* | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Branch
The leaders of our local museums work diligently to attract and engage with diverse audiences in meaningful ways. Museum directors will share candid insights about their institution’s goals, challenges, and efforts to be more inclusive. Discussion leaders: Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA; Sarah B. George, Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU); Alex Hesse, The Leonardo; Kristian Anderson, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA).
*Arrive early—refreshments at 6:45 pm.

UMFAACME (Art, Community, Museum, Education) is an outreach initiative dedicated to rethinking the public role of the museum. These bimonthly sessions will bring together Salt Lake City’s most creative, inventive, and cross-disciplinary minds.

Third Saturday for Families: Abstract Portraits
Saturday, March 19 | 1–4 pm | FREE
Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex
Auditorium (Room 1151)
Traditional African artists are masters at creating dramatic masks, portraits, and faces using basic geometric shapes. Find inspiration from African masks in our Education Collection to create your own portrait using simple shapes. This program is supported in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) program.

Third Saturdays for Families continue during the UMFA’s temporary closure. Until our anticipated reopening in spring 2017, these FREE family activity days will take place at the nearby Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex on the University of Utah campus.

ARTLandish: Contemporary Utah Artists Working in the Landscape
Thursday, March 24 | 7 pm | FREE
J. Willard Marriott Library
Gould Auditorium
Utah is unlike any other place on the planet. Local artists who are engaging Utah’s spectacular and varied landscape will give short slide presentations about their work. A moderated panel discussion will follow.

Participants are Julie Rada, Raymond C. Morales Post-MFA Fellow, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah; Adam Bateman, executive director/curator, Central Utah Art Center (CUAC); and Maria Sykes, principal of arts & culture, Epicenter, Green River, Utah.

This program is part of the UMFA’s ongoing series ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment, sponsored by the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and presented in partnership with the College of Fine Arts and the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah and the Salt Lake City Public Library.

The Marcia and John Price Museum Building is temporarily closed for renovations and reinstallation through spring 2017. For info on the closure period, visit

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