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Pop-Cultured: Why We Still Need Physical Art Museums

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By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor

May 21, 2020

  With each passing week in our new reality given the COVID-19 pandemic, I have found myself reflecting upon the habits and activities I miss the most. In these strange times many individuals, including myself, have sought escape in the art world. Music, movies and other creative forms can of...

The UMFA Adapts: Current Transitions and New Features

Robert Smithton's Spiral Jetty turns 50 years old this month. (Courtesy Utah Museum of Contemporary Art | © Holt/Smithson Foundation and Dia Art Foundation)

April 16, 2020

  It has been an unsteady several weeks for the arts with Salt Lake County experiencing a stay-at-home order, the closing of non-essential businesses and one of the largest earthquakes we’ve seen in many years. However, the Utah Museum for Fine Arts has recognized the importance of providing the...

UMFA Exhibition Highlights Stories of Female Activists During Milestone Anniversaries

By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

April 12, 2020

  This article was originally published in print on March 30. For more up-to-date information on how to view this exhibition, visit   Utah may not be the first state in the nation that comes to your mind when you think of women’s leadership, but a new exhibition at the...

UMFA Brings Japan to Utah

Kano School (Japanese) The Kiyomizu Temple, Edo period circa 1825, Japanese ink, gouache, paper, wood, silk, gold leaf, 67 in; open: 150 x 3/4 in; closed: 25 1/8 x 4 1/2 in, Purchased with funds from the Mariner S. Eccles Foundation for the Marriner S. Eccles Collection of Masterworks. (Courtesy UMFA)

By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

February 1, 2020

It’s been nearly a decade since the Utah Museum of Fine Arts displayed a full exhibition on the works of Japanese artists. Now, they aren’t just presenting one, but two. With materials drawn from both the UMFA collection and from institutions across the country, the unique but complementary p...

Artist of the Week: Gretchen Dietrich

Gretchen Dietrich (Courtesy UMFA)

By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

January 23, 2020

  Gretchen Dietrich, current executive director at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, has had an illustrious career in art history and education. Renowned across the country for having worked at some of the most prestigious institutions and now sitting at the helm of Utah’s flagship art museum,...

UMFA Unveils Smithsonian Art Loans

By Weston Wood, Arts Writer

October 26, 2019

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts showcases some of the finest pieces of modern art in recent decades. Most of their exhibits are conversation-starters, catalysts for connecting art to the local community. Their latest exhibition is no different — consisting of four incredible paintings all of which ar...

‘DE | MARCATION’ Reframes Utah Through Photography

A featured piece,

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

September 28, 2019

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Red Butte Press and Granary Arts, celebrated the publication of "DE | MARCATION," a survey of images from some of Utah's cutting edge photographers. To the participating artists — many selected based upon the promise of their work and many of them...

Knitting Landscapes: Virginia Catherall Captures Utah Landscape in a Brand New Way

Knitting Landscapes: Virginia Catherall Captures Utah Landscape in a Brand New Way

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

September 11, 2019

  Surrounding the University of Utah, we have gorgeous mountains, pleasant hikes and the great outdoors. We take pictures of the Salt Flats or the Uinta mountains as we try to fully capture their beauty, but it doesn’t quite work. Many local artists have made it their mission to go to these...

The Department of Fine Arts: The Good, the Good and the Predominately Good

John Scheib, Dean of the College of Fine Arts (Courtesy University of Utah College of Fine Arts)

By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

August 24, 2019

  New Year’s Day marks a definitive divide between pride for the accomplished and hopes that the next year will reel in even greater satisfaction. Of course, it’s not New Year’s, and that’s the good news. It’s the academic new year which means that goals won’t fade away after two...

Ummah Addresses Muslim Truths and Stereotypes

(Courtesy Utah Museum of Fine Arts)

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

August 24, 2019

  Growing up in this day and age, many of us have encountered the stereotypes of Islam. We may not think about it frequently, but back in the recesses of our minds, we've all registered generalizations about the Muslim people as fact. Through terrorist attacks, social breakthroughs and more, ...

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