Tony Feher They arrived yesterday, dusty and weary from the journey, but in good spirits

Salt Lake City – American sculptor Tony Feher has been changing the way we see the world for the past three decades. This fall he’ll change the way visitors see and experience the heart of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA).

Tony Feher at the lumber room, Portland, Oregon. Image by Jeremy Bittermann. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Tony Feher at the lumber room, Portland, Oregon. Image by Jeremy Bittermann.
Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

The UMFA has commissioned Feher, who transforms everyday objects into elegant installations, to create a unique new work that re-imagines the architecture of the G. W. Anderson Family Great Hall in the UMFA’s Marcia and John Price Museum Building. The installation will open to the public Friday, October 3, and the artist will discuss his work in a free talk Thursday, October 2.

“With a hyper-awareness of the formal qualities of everyday objects—bottles, tape, plastic bags—Feher turns unconsidered, often-discarded materials into poetic sculptures and installations,” says Whitney Tassie, UMFA’s curator of modern and contemporary art. “Feher reconceives these everyday items in ways that create beauty and call attention to the qualities of transience and permanence, not only in these objects but in life itself.”

The materials for his UMFA installation: fluorescent pink flagging tape and blue painter’s tape. “His simple materials and inventive manipulation of the Great Hall will create a new, transformative experience for museum-goers,” Tassie says. “Repeat visitors will experience the space of the Museum like never before.”

The exhibition is sponsored by Nancy and David Gill, the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History, XMission, and an anonymous donor.

About the artist

Tony Feher was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1956, and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, with early stops in Virginia and Florida. He received a BA from the University of Texas and currently lives in New York City. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.


Tony Feher Artist Talk | Thursday, October 2 | FREE
Exhibition Preview | 4 pm
Artist Talk | 5 pm
Co-presented with the Department of Art and Art History and the Carmen Morton Christensen Endowment Lecture Series.

After-Hours Party | 8-11 pm, Friday, October 3 | TICKETED
For one night the UMFA will be transformed into an after-hours nightclub to celebrate New York sculptor Tony Feher’s original site-determined installation in the Museum’s Great Hall. VIP ticketholders will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and mingle with the artist. For tickets:

Third Saturday for Families: Using Everyday Objects to Make Sculptures
Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 1-4 pm

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located on the University of Utah campus in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at 410 Campus Center Drive. The UMFA’s mission is to inspire critical dialogue and illuminate the role of art in our lives. General admission is $9 adults, $7 youth and seniors, FREE for U of U students/staff/faculty, UMFA members, higher education students in Utah, and children under six years old. Thanks to the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Program, free admission is offered the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Weekends, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. For more information call (801) 581-7332 or visit