Visual Arts Corridor

Student Art Gallery

New visual arts corridor renderingWith the generous support of the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. Foundation, the College of Fine Arts has commissioned feasibility studies to explore the location and functioning of new facilities that will create an exciting visual arts corridor at the southern gateway to campus. Anchored by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and existing Art Building and conveniently reached by TRAX, the new corridor will include a new Student Art Gallery and a new Film and Media Arts Addition.

The new Student Art Gallery will be located west of the existing (1970) Art Building and will replace the Alvin Gittins Gallery, which over time has become too small to accommodate the needs of hundreds of Art & Art History students who now lack opportunities to exhibit their work. The new gallery will double the capacity of the Gittins, providing flexible space for the exhibition of two- and three-dimensional works of art, projected and sound installations, performance art, films, concerts, classes, and receptions.

The new Film and Media Arts Addition has become necessary as the Film & Media Arts major and nationally recognized Entertainment Arts & Engineering Program have attracted hundreds of students. Existing classroom space in the former university art museum has become severely limited.

New fine arts facilities will make possible the improvement of teaching and learning for students campus-wide. New facilities will also serve the public as we strengthen collaboration and partnerships with Salt Lake’s expanding visual and performing arts institutions. Both facilities will be energy-efficient, LEED-certified buildings and will be landscaped to preserve and expand surrounding plantings of mature trees. The corridor will provide venues for large and environmental works of art, perhaps including a rooftop garden, sculpture court and water features.

University policy requires that 60% of funding be in-hand before groundbreaking takes place. Upon reaching that milestone, a design architect will be selected in the next phase of the project.

For more information on the College’s building program, please call 801.585.9699.



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