Salt Lake City’s 10 Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

Photo of Chloe Hay
4 October 2016

As the bustling capital of the stunning state of Utah, Salt Lake City is an urban metropolis set against a mesmerising mountainous backdrop. Just a short drive from the captivating beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park, there’s no surprise that so many talented landscape artists are born here with inspiration like this at their fingertips. With established artists and award-winning spaces, here are ten of Salt Lake City’s finest art galleries.

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Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

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In a bid to explore contemporary cultural landscape, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art regularly exhibits artworks by local, national and international artists throughout its four gallery spaces. Innovative past exhibitions include Stephanie Leitch’s ‘Untitled Apogee’ which focused on the space between architecture and gravity with her on-site installation, and Raivo Puusemp’s ‘Dissolution’ described as ‘a survey of aesthetic structures and systematic processes’. Aside from exhibitions, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art hosts regular events, shows films, holds classes and gives presentations to encourage a wider variety of people to enjoy all the museum has to offer. On the second Saturday of the month the gallery hosts Family Art Saturdays with free hands-on art projects for children.

Utah Artist Hands

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A bustling part of Salt Lake City’s art community, Utah Artist Hands is a gallery and shop celebrating the works of Utah’s finest artists. With every medium imaginable on offer, visitors can admire oil paintings, photographs of Utah’s impressive landscape, silk scarves, leather goods, metal work, wind chimes, Gourd art, pottery, sculpture and pastel pieces all under one roof. With nearly ninety artists represented at Utah Artist Hands, its hard to decide which souvenir piece to purchase for your own home. Choose a painting by Kate Birch or Lloyd Tabing, a piece of jewellery made by Susan Smith or Beta Gliphs, or opt for an item of pottery by Craig Haaser or Stan Roberts.

A Gallery

This 10,000 square foot gallery space is home to A Gallery, one of the most prestigious fine art galleries in the state. A Gallery exhibits artworks across a range of media, but primarily painting and sculpture, by both local artists and artists from all over the world. Recent and future exhibitions include work by painters Roland Thompson and Jennifer Rasmusson, amongst a range of other accomplished and emerging artists. With both an indoor gallery space and an impressive sculpture garden, visitors can enjoy abstract, landscape and figurative paintings amongst contemporary fine art sculptures as they roam around A Gallery.

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Sugar Space

Acting as a support base and home for creative minds within the community, Sugar Space is both an art gallery and a hub for performance and art classes. Artists can rent the gallery space to curate exhibitions of their works and locals can sign up to learn to tap dance or perfect their acting skills in one of the many rolling community courses. Despite being a smaller venue than many of its competing galleries, Sugar Space has hosted exhibitions of pieces by photographer Jeremy Bigelow and visual art displays by Ching-I Chang in its mission to support and showcase both renowned and emerging artists.

Phillips Gallery

A participant in Salt Lake City’s Gallery Stroll, which takes place on the third Friday of each month, Phillips Gallery is the oldest commercial gallery in the intermountain west. With rotating monthly exhibitions spread across three floors of gallery space, a sculpture deck and a sculpture garden there is always a new reason to explore Phillips Gallery. Works on show are primarily by Utah-based artists or others from further afield who have some form of association with Utah. Pieces are displayed in a variety of media from painting to ceramics, sculpture to prints and artists who have exhibited here include Peter Cole, Jim Jacobs, Earl Jones and Teresa Jordan.

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The Hive Gallery

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Much more than just an art gallery, The Hive Gallery also hosts regular photo contests, fashion shows and music events, as well as providing art classes for both youths and adults. Set in historic Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake City, the gallery’s aim is to inspire and bring out the artist in all of us. Through their special events and rotating exhibitions The Hive Gallery wishes to raise awareness and appreciation for the arts in the local community. The 1600 square foot exhibition space is available for rental for budding artists to host their own shows. Previous exhibitors include photographer and poet Tagen Baker and photographer Jake Garn.

Arts of the World Gallery

The perfect stop off point for those looking to fill their homes with ethnic treasures, the Arts of the World Gallery sells a huge selection of intricately crafted decorative pieces from around the world. Visitors to the gallery can browse and purchase fair trade folk art, masks, Buddhist statues, terracotta ceramics, handmade bone and silver jewellery and other ornamental pieces from a range of countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, India and Africa. The gallery imports both traditional and contemporary indigenous pieces to give Salt Lake City citizens and explorers the rare opportunity to appreciate a broader selection of artworks than often displayed in this part of the world.

Arts of the World Gallery, 802 South 600 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, +1 841 023 502

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Local Colors of Utah

A fine art platform for local Utah artists, the Local Colors of Utah gallery regularly exhibits and sells pieces created by thirty different artists. Visitors can browse collages by Melody Johnson, enroll in a paper collage art class taught by her or choose to purchase one of her original pieces to take home with them. Similarly, whilst meandering around the gallery, visitors have the chance to enjoy photographs by Jeff Clay, paintings by Blaine Clayton or participate in an acrylic painting class with Gail Galarneau. Local Colors of Utah selects pieces for exhibition in a variety of media including pottery, jewellery, painting, collage, photography, fibre and sculpture.

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Hope Gallery

Home to an exquisite collection of breath-taking pieces, the Hope Gallery offers visitors the unique opportunity to discover one of the best personal collections of art in this part of the country. A huge selection of artists are exhibited here including, but certainly not limited to, Anton Thorenfeldt, Emilio Fossati and Albert Baure. Pottering around the 15,000 square foot space, art admirers can marvel at colourful pastels, intricate portraits, skillful etchings, mesmerising black and white photographs and perfected still lifes. Hope Gallery has a sister gallery, Park City Gallery, also in Utah.

15th Street Gallery

Another participant in Salt Lake City’s Gallery Stroll, the 15th Street Gallery exhibits work by award-winning local artists as well as acting as a platform for budding new artists. Situated in the boutique commercial district of 15th & 15th Sugarhouse, this is a stylish and modern fine art gallery worthy of an afternoon’s exploration. Artists that have participated in previous exhibitions include the vibrant painter Dennis Smith, landscape artist Stephen Stauffer and abstract painter Gary Max Collins. For lover’s of souvenirs and keepsakes, the gallery also has a fantastic gift shop sure to tempt visitors into purchasing a decorative vase or pretty necklace to take home.

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