This is a cute, little place that showcases local artist and has some interesting pieces, but not too much selection worth the visit unless you're in the area to stop in. Prices were fair, but customer service was completely lacking. I wasn't greeted. I have no idea who even worked in the store and even tho I spent about 45 minutes browsing and had a few questions, no one approached me nor did I see anyone around to ask before leaving the store empty handed,
Review by Margitte7 months ago
I absolutely love this place, a lot of really creative stuff from local artists. Prices are good and they offer a really diverse collection. They have a bunch of cool Star Wars related art right now, not my thing in particular but every creative. Wish it was my thing because a lot of is done very well.
I was actually in here a few weeks ago and bought a couple of pieces for my new place and when going back today I noticed they have a great deal of new art available. Nice to see they have a healthy refresh of stuff.
Review by Overlords1 year ago
I love the Urban Arts Gallery! I had the opportunity to participate in an exhibition there earlier this year. We flew out for the weekend just to move our piece in, and Scott was super helpful. There's a good mix of work, and it was nice to see that social commentary in art is alive and well in Utah. I don't make it to SLC often, but I'll definitely plan to stop by whenever I'm in town to check out what's new.
Review by BridgeRoad Savli1 year ago
This is exactly the kind of place that we need more of in SLC. A place where a bunch of unique and local artists come together to display their art and sell a few wares.
This is exactly the kind of place that the Gateway needs more of. The Gateway can become a bastion of local connections and local people and local businesses and the antithesis of large malls. But that's above the scope of this review.
It's not exactly a museum, and not exactly a gift shop, but kind of a mix of the two. If I was in town and looking for local gifts to take back to people at home, this would be a good start. You will find loads of art, but also some more knick-knacky stuff, accessories, etc.
This location is an old Anthropoligie and it's quite big, so even though they have a lot of art and things here, it still feels pretty open and even sparse in a few places. But it's got that grassroots, homespun feel too, and that's perfect. Support those local artists and make it a success so it's packed to the gills with good stuff for years to come!
Review by Mccredie1 year ago
First time here in Salt Lake City so since it was late afternoon yesterday when we arrived, I checked out art galleries. Urban was open until 8pm so we walked over. Great space and a nice diverse style of artists and pricing.
Review by BJp2 years ago
By far the coolest art museum I have yet to find in Salt Lake City! I haven't been to The Leonardo yet or the Utah Contemporary Museum Of Art but this one is free, super cool, and it's all locals art!
There's all different styles from mixed media art to three dimensional and more. It is a great place to get local gifts from slc artists.
Highly recommend buying art here and anything here. It is supported by the Utah art alliance which is a great organization. They support and are part of the Utah arts festival that happens every summer as well!
Review by Killin3 years ago
This is a great gallery with rotating artists with reasonably priced pieces. There's always new work to be seen. Love this gallery.
Review by Imagenherts4 years ago
Neat little free gallery / giftshop in the Gateway Mall. They showcase perhaps a dozen artists, as well as carrying small gifts by other artists (jewelry, sculpture, print-Ts etc.) The space is big, open and light. Exhibits seem to rotate often. It's free. They have sticker vending machines with art by locals. Sizeable original art could be found in the $80-$500 range which I think is very reasonable. Prints are available for $15-$25 or so.
A nice gallery and I'm sure to return to check out new exhibits. With that said, the following is art criticism and strictly my opinion / bitching: On my visit the art seemed very tired and route. It is the same stuff you'll see all summer long at the Farmer's Market. The "Urban" in Urban Arts Gallery seems to mean young and pop-culture worshipping. I counted seven different artists all doing some variation on Star Wars iconography. It would be cool if there were a statement or challenging idea in there, but it's all just dumb fan worship, mass culture appropriation catering to market demand. If Disney hadn't thrown enough millions at marketing the Star Wars juggernaut, now you can see it on museum walls. Frankly, the laziness of it astounds me. Look, a Stormtrooper! Yea, my three-year old loves em. Look, a naked chic in a Darth Vader mask! Wowee! Combines two of my favorite things! I LOVE ART! Again, my personal opinion and it doesn't stop me from enjoying the space. There are artists inside that go their own way (T-shirt sales be damned) and I respect em' for it.
Review by Eunica4 years ago
We held a private party at the Art Gallery and it was great experience! Andrew and his staff were super helpful, prompt and easy to work with. The space is really classy, open and bright. It really is a gem of a spot and a much more refined pick than any other place around. The ambience is set with the beautiful art pieces, the many windows and the high ceilings.
Review by DiOriginal6 years ago
Great little art gallery hidden at Gateway. They had a Star Wars exhibit when I was there with lots of interesting pieces. The staff was friendly and the art was worth looking at.
I noticed that they hold events for just artists, which makes the place slightly more inaccessible to art-viewers. If I'm in the area, I'll definitely drop by again though.
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Art Galleries in Salt Lake City, UT
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