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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.
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.
A Gallery, 1321 S 2100 E, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, +1 801 583 4800
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.
Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Ave, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, +1 888 300 7898
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.
Phillips Gallery, 444 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, +1 801 364 8284
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.
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.
Local Colors of Utah, 1054 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, +1 801 363 3922
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.
Hope Gallery, 151 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, +1 801 532 1336
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.
15th Street Gallery, 1519 1500 E, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, +1 801 468 1515