Museum cuts staff, pay

By Andreas Rivera, Staff Writer

As of last week, the Utah Museum of Fine Art’s staff is three members smaller and the remaining employees are losing hours.

Because of a campus-wide 9 percent budget cut, three full-time staff members were laid off. The curator of New World and Pacific Islander art, a specialist in collections and installation and the operations manager were all sent on their way. Along with the layoffs, the museum’s 12 remaining full-time members’ workloads were cut from 40 hours a week down to 32 a week.

The museum spent $2.2 million last year on the “Monet to Picasso” exhibit, a number that comes close to the museum’s allowable budget for the year, the newspaper reported, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Museum staff could not be reached for comment.

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Editor’s Note–A previous version story stated that the “Monet to Picasso” exhibit was upcoming for this year. It was featured last year.