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Seeing through an artist’s eyes
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THE UTAH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS is located on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake. 
Courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
THE UTAH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS is located on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake. Courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts


Clipper Staff Writer

SALT LAKE CITY — Art can be a gateway into another world, or help us see our own world more clearly. 

One of those gateways is only a stone’s throw away from Davis County. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, located on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, offers a mix of classic and contemporary work designed to give visitors new perspectives. 

The main exhibit currently on display is “Bierstadt to Warhol, American Indians in the West.” The exhibit draws work from a variety of styles and mediums, studying the shifting ways in which art and culture have viewed Native Americans.  More than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures trace 160 years of history as depicted by both Native and non-Native artists. 

Two smaller exhibits highlight the work of individual artists. British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, who was recently named a finalist for the prestigious Turner Prize, creates portraits of imagined people. The paintings focus on the unique personality of the subjects, highlighting emotion rather than historical or cultural specificity. The exhibit is part of the salt 7 series, which focuses on emerging artists from around the world. 

Portraits of another kind are highlighted in “Mike Disfarmer: Cleyburne County Portraits.” Disfarmer used glass plate negatives to make posed portraits of the people in his community, offering a simple, almost stark look at people who lived through world wars and the Great Depression. 

If seeing all this art inspires you, the museum is still the best place to be. “Drawing Lab,” scheduled to open May 17, will give visitors the chance to explore their own creative impulses. Options will include contributing to a chalkboard drawing already started by museum staff, free drawing onto a coffee table, drawing objects from the museum’s permanent collection, creating drawings from tape and paper, or contributing to a massive scroll that will be added to the entire duration of the exhibit. 

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for college students, children under 18 and seniors.  The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with special extended hours on Wednesday evenings. The museum is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

There is parking adjacent to the museum, with both free and paid options available. The museum is located one block northwest from the South Campus Drive stop on Trax’s University (red) line. 

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