Thanks for checking out our post about art in Salt Lake City. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be discussed in detail right here.
This intro will be short and sweet because we know your time is valuable. The best Salt Lake City Art Galleries and Museums are going to be where we begin.
You may want to know about the best art stores in your area where you can find all the supplies and materials you desire so they will be listed. We also don’t want to forget about the best shows and events SLC has to offer.
If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in Salt Lake City can be a great way to improve your skills quickly.
Renting out an art studio when the time is right to get the ball rolling on your next project could improve your odds of success. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be covered.
The Southwest is an area that we have discussed often on our site.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Salt Lake City
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Salt Lake City you can go to:
- Utah Museum of Contemporary Art at 20 S West Temple
- Utah Museum Of Fine Art at 410 Campus Center Dr
- A Gallery at 1321 S 2100 E
- Sugar Space at 132 S 800 W
- Local Colors of Utah Art Gallery at 1054 E 2100 S
- Hope Gallery at 151 South Main St
- 15th Street Gallery at 1519 S 1500 E
- Urban Arts Gallery at 116 S Rio Grande
- Finch Lane Gallery at 54 Finch Ln
- Rio Gallery at 300 S Rio Grande St
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art does all kinds of great things for the local community. For instance they have their Art Truck which is the only traveling contemporary art exhibition in Utah.
They provide many programs and resources for local artists through their Artists-in-Residence Program, and they have Artists-in-Training summer camps for kids aged 13 to 15. Parents might want to know about their Family Art Saturday program for where kids of all ages are welcome.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah has a collection of nearly 20,000 original works. Throughout the year they have all kinds of free programs like lectures, tours, films, and on every third Saturday they have a free art making program for families too.
You will find a great balance of contemporary art and design trends blended with fine art traditions at A Gallery/Allen+Alan Fine Art. Their unique paintings, prints, photos, sculptures, ceramics and glass art were created by a select group of up and coming artists.
They also provide consultations, installations, and can do archival custom framing near you. You would need to go all the way to Denmark to find a larger collection of Danish artwork than what you get at the Hope Gallery.
Many of the pieces in their collection of Scandinavian and Old European master works and reproductions of said works are available to purchase. Local emerging artists from Utah have created many of the great works to be found at the 15th Street Gallery.
In addition to paintings and sculptures you will also find unique glassware, jewelry, and gifts plus they can help with custom framing and do private rentals. At The Urban Arts Gallery you will find everything from emerging street art to fine modern art.
The gallery is loaded with diversity and you really never know what you are going to see when you show up. The Gallery Program at Finch Lane Gallery encourages up and coming local artists to create new works and then foster the development of their skills through exhibition production and collaboration.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few stores near you to buy art supplies and materials like:
- Clever Octopus at 2250 S West Temple
- University of Utah Campus Store at 270 S 1500th E
- Uprok at 1594 State St
- Michaels at 2236 S 1300 St E
- Blick Art Materials at 1025 E 2100 S
Many of the items for sale at Clever Octopus were created with reusable materials that have been donated by the community. They also have a Reuse Market Boutique in the store where you can buy artwork, materials and other unique products that were made with reusable goods.
Plus they have workshops, classes for all ages, and kids summer camps. At Blick Art Materials you can get all kinds of arts and crafts supplies plus they can help with framing.
Shows & Events
Some of the best art shows and events held in your area are:
- Family Art Saturday
- Living Traditions Festival in May
- Utah Arts Festival in June
- Craft Lake City DIY Festival in August
- Busker Fest in August
- Urban Arts Festival in September
Family Art Saturday is a free event for all that is presented by the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. As the name suggest parents and kids can check out the changing exhibitions and participate in hands-on activities with trained instructors.
Every year over the 4th weekend of June the Utah Arts Festival takes place at the SLC Library and Washington Square. This is the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event that Utah has to offer and it usually brings in over 70,000 visitors.
Expect to find all kinds of art media in addition to good food and lots of family friendly events. In May you can enjoy The Living Traditions Festival that goes down at the City and County Buildings and Library Square.
There will be traditional music, dance, food, arts and crafts in celebration of Salt Lake City’s ethnic communities. Utah State Fair Park is the location of The Craft Lake City DIY Festival. 20,000 people regularly attend this event along with more than 250 local artists, antique vendors, food trucks, musicians, DIY engineers, and many types of performers.
You will also find many street performers and local artists at Busker Fest each August. The Urban Arts Festival won an Arty Award for being the Best Indie Art Event in Utah in 2013 and like the others on this list there will be lots of music, food, and performances going on in addition to the artworks on display.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are trying to find a new piece for your collection or to figure out the true value of something visit one of these art dealers and appraisers in your area:
- Trolley Art & Antiques at 602 S 700 E
- Anthony’s Antiques & Fine Art at 401 E 200 S
- Fine Art Inn at 3260 Highland Dr
- David Dee Fine Arts at 1709 E 1300 S #201
- Williams Fine Art at 132 E St E
- Phillips Gallery at 444 E 200 S
If you want a world-class purveyor of fine art, sculptures, antiques, jewelry, and even furniture look no further than Anthony’s Antiques & Fine Art. If you are trying to sell any artworks they are always interested in buying new fine pieces for their collection.
David Dee Fine Arts can help first time buyers or experienced collectors make the right decisions. Their specialty would be acquiring and selling high end art from the American West that was created in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Williams Fine Art is known as the premier dealer in fine art from the top early Utah artists. Other services they provide include art consulting, appraisals, commissions, and consignment of artworks.
Some may not know that Phillips Gallery is the oldest commercial gallery in the Intermountain West. They sell everything from paintings to drawings to sculptures and plenty more.
Plus they do custom framing, restorations, installations, appraisals, lighting consultation or can advise for just about any questions you may have. Other venues we have listed throughout this post like A Gallery, Local Colors of Utah Art Gallery, and Alpine Art & Frame also sell art.
Art walking tours can be a lot of fun when the weather is nice:
On the third Friday of every month you should consider going on The Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll. Many of the best galleries in SLC are open and free to enter from 6pm to 9pm and artists often show up to mingle with the crowd. We do want to point out that while this event is generally on the third Friday in December it is on the first Friday to avoid the holidays.
The Note District is not far from downtown and is growing quite the reputation for its local arts scene. Walking around and checking out the Downtown Street Art will be a great way to check out works on entire building faces to small, almost hidden installations of great SLC street art.
Sculptures & Statues
You may also want to take some photos of these sculptures and statues:
- Gilgal Sculpture Garden at 749 E 500 S
- Brigham Young Monument at 15 E S Temple St
- Tusk Sculpture at 925 Jefferson St W
- Mandala Lantern at 246 Broadway
- A Bee-autiful Hive at 349 W 300 S
Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. created the Gilgal Sculpture Garden in the mid-twentieth century. You may need to do a little searching for it behind the houses and buildings in the area but it is worth the effort.
The Brigham Young Monument was dedicated back in the late 1890’s after being created by Cyrus Edwin Dallin. The Tusk Sculpture will be unveiled at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium as soon as it is finished.
Ethan Barley created The Mandala Lantern which you can find on West Broadway to the West of Pioneer Square. A Bee-autiful Hive isn’t too far away, also in a median along West Broadway on the Northern end of Pioneer Park. It was created by Brook Robertson a few years ago.
Salt Lake City Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Salt Lake City would be:
- Visual Art Institute at 2901 Highland Dr
- Petersen Art Center at 1025 E 2100 S #2322
- Salt Lake Arts Academy at 844 S 200 E
- Art Haus at 717 Simpson Ave S
- Bad Dog Arts at 824 S 400 W #B129
- Art Access at 230 500 W #110
Kids, teens, and adults can all take art classes in ceramics, drawing, sketching, printmaking or more from the Visual Art Institute. They also have popular summer camps for kids.
The instructors at Petersen Art Center teach classes in two hour blocks for one session a week. Their kids classes are in watercolors, oil painting, and colored pencils, while they have separate drawing or pottery classes for adults and high school students.
At Art Haus children and adults can try out their painting, drawing, or pottery classes. They also have specialty classes in different media, unique workshops, and kids summer classes. Their classes are available 7 days a week to fit all schedules.
In addition to classes for people of all ages and skill levels the instructors at Bad Dog Arts also put on summer camps, workshops, and can help lead private birthday parties, work team building events, holiday parties or other types of get togethers you may want to try.
Studios For Rent Near You
You might be able to rent art studio space at:
- SLC Creative at 625 South State St
- Artspace Utah at 511 West 200 S
- Craft Lake City at 355 North 500 W
- Wild Willow Studio at 347 W Pierpont Ave
- Workshop SLC at 153 West 2100 S
Sugar Space from our main list also has studio space for rent.
For art framing services in Salt Lake City try out:
- Tanner Frames at 18 E 800th S
- Framing Establishment at 6464 S 900th E
- Alpine Art & Frame Inc at 430 E S Temple
- Artistic Framing Company at 1117 E 2100th S
- Style Craft Frames at 1650 S Redwood Rd
At The Framing Establishment you can choose from over a thousand ready-made frames or over a thousand custom framing options. They do corporate framing, can provide deliveries and installations, and you can visit them on the 1st Saturday of the month when they always have a sale.
Not only can you get custom framing, consultations, digital printing, delivery or installations from Alpine Art & Frame they also do restorations, appraisals, and sell works from local and international artists. Some of the specialties at Artistic Framing Co include oil paintings, watercolors, photographs, mirrors, textiles, shadow boxes and more.
Their services include custom framing, canvas stretching, mounting and floating, repairs, restorations, mattings and plenty more. A Gallery/Allen+Alan Fine Art from our best galleries near you list, Michaels and Blick Art Materials from our art supplies list, Fine Art Inn, David Dee Fine Arts, and Phillips Gallery from our dealers list also do custom framing.
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Have Fun Enjoying The Salt Lake City Art Scene
Hopefully we did a decent job of discussing the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Salt Lake City!