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Art Fix

Get to Know Two of Utah’s Most Inspiring Art Museums

By Devin Felix and Rachel Madison

October 7, 2014


Springville Museum of Art

The Springville Museum of Art serves as a historical chronicle of 150 years of art in Utah. It houses nearly 3,000 works of art, including about 2,000 by Utah artists. On display through 2016 is the exhibit Voices: People, Places and Ideas in Utah Art, a collection that shows the diverse ways local artists have used visual media to respond to and represent their perceptions. 

The museum hosts at least 15 exhibits a year, including several juried exhibitions featuring Utah artists. It’s active in promoting art in schools throughout the state and displays annual exhibitions of Utah’s best student artists. The museum also houses impressive collections of Russian-Soviet socialist realism and American realism.

The Springville Museum of Art was built during the Great Depression in Spanish colonial revival style. The 45,000-square-foot museum includes a long spiral staircase, high ceilings and red brick floors throughout all 29 galleries.

The museum is located at 126 E. 400 South in Springville. For more information, visit www.smofa.org.

St. George Art Museum

The St. George Art Museum became a community staple in 1997 when volunteers and city officials worked together to restore the building it’s housed in, which was originally constructed in the 1930s to store beet seed for a sugar beet factory.

The museum boasts a collection of almost 800 pieces, with most of its works focusing on national parks and the West. It also offers changing fine art exhibits, special programs for children, adult art conversations with local art experts and quarterly gallery walks.

The museum’s current exhibit, called Permanent Collection Comes Into the Light, is a presentation of the breadth and depth of the museum’s permanent collection. It features 221 two-dimensional pieces and 93 three-dimensional works. That exhibit closes Nov. 8. The museum’s upcoming exhibit, Here Comes the Gown – 150 Years of Wedding Dresses, will be a multi-faceted exhibit showcasing Nancy B. Frank’s Bridal Path: A Photographic Installation on the Life of a Wedding Dress and Sara Rockinger’s In/Visible Weddings & Immigration installation. That exhibit will run from Dec. 12 to May 9, 2015. 

The museum is located at 47 E. 200 North in St. George. For more information, visit www.sgartmuseum.org.

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