I thought this museum was really well put together and has different types of art work. However, I wished that this museum had a lot more stuff to look at which is why I old did 4 stars. The fact that it was free admission made up for it. I would recommend going here for a little date night or even if you wanted to see some local artwork.
Review by Aftan1 year ago
I'm not sure what was even going on in this place. You think by the name it was something worth seeing and experiencing, I didn't even take pictures because of the lack of quality in this experience we left immediately it's kinda odd that they displayed any of what they had as art?
Review by Whoohw1 year ago
Small but quite interesting... Several different exhibits, which I believe are always changing, since nothing I have read about in previous reviews was on display.
Regardless of what they feature it is well worth the visit, free, donations gladly accepted. It will only take half an hour tops and who knows what you will find.
The staff is friendly and it never hurts to support the arts.
I will make it a point to stop by any time I'm in Salt Lake City.
Review by Scritti1 year ago
Yeah it was a small museum and I was excited for the ultra super exhibition from posters outside but it wasnt that awe inspiring or particularly showing talent. It was a cute place though and it was free so i like that alot and the receptionist was very nice.
Review by YNq1 year ago
The pros - Admission is a $5 donation, it's centrally located downtown, and they have rotating exhibits which are always nice to pop in and see. I've found the staff to be friendly and the place is clean.
The cons - It's a very small art museum and they have a very limited amount of art on display at any one time.
Honestly, I'd recommend swinging by here if you're already in downtown Salt Lake and are an art enthusiast. However, it's not an art museum that I would go out of my way for. For example, when we are here visiting family --- we stop by just to see what new things they have on display. You can't beat the price for sure! However, if you're looking for a large art museum with a plethora of exhibits --- you won't find it here.
Review by NPickles1 year ago
We visited here today. The location/space is open and wonderful. I really enjoyed that aspect. The woman who got us all set up was really nice and answered any questions that we had. I'm thinking as to why I just really can't give it 5 stars and it's because I wasn't totally enamored or impressed by the art. I love art and visit art museums regularly, I just wasn't very impressed with the selection here. But I would come back next time they have something else on view and give it another chance, definitely. There are some pieces that I did like, just wasn't crazy about the majority of the exhibits.
Review by Bounty2 years ago
Free for entry today (donations requested), so how could I skip this interesting contemporary art museum. As with many "contemporary" exhibits, some of them went way past my comprehension and some did not.
One exhibit is the artists having fired clay pigeons at a wall. Usually, one would shoot at them with a shotgun but not here. The bits of exploded clay are scattered and the dents/marks in the wall are here. Nope, I don't get it.
Another exhibit is "georhythmic drift music" of the recordings from aerial drones listening for Very Low Frequency sounds in the airwaves. Nope, I don't get it.
One I did enjoy was the "Impossible Bouquets" by Nancy Rivera. Dutch still-life painter Jan van Huysum depicted flowers that could not possibly have existed in reality because they came from varying climes and opposing times of the year. Rivera took four reproductions of van Huysum's paintings and recreated them with arrangements of artificial flowers and fruits. Interesting.
Review by VannF Verma2 years ago
Nice open exhibition with a self guided tour. Current exhibition draws parallels between SLC and Muslim communities in various middle eastern countries.
No cost for entry, but I did find a nice piece of local artwork to add to my collection.
Exhibits rotate roughly 6 months so I'll stop in again if I'm back in the area!
Review by SkinnyHank Muk2 years ago
Really contemporary. I was just looking to kill some time, figured it would be modern paintings and thinks but it was contemporary sculpture and obscure stuff. It was pretty small and didn't take long to go through.
Review by Goutam Turqueza3 years ago
Like several other visual arts spaces in the area, it gets a pass because it's in Utah. Could use more rigor all around considering it positions itself as a museum. It's more like a cross between a kunsthalle and a community arts center. This would actually be really interesting if it was intentional. The re-brand implies something loftier than this space accomplishes.
Review by Cocoa3 years ago
Since SLC is a major city one would expect a slightly larger contemporary art collection. The welcome I received was less than enthusiastic but I'll give the guy a break (he might be an exhausted student or something).
It was pleasant to see local artist work along with other ceatured artists. Initially, I was breezing past works but the lower level exhibits caught my attention. I was entranced by the works (some more subtle than others).
The building has potential. I hope to come back in the future.
Review by Sachithra3 years ago
This museum was utterly underwhelming. As an 'out-of-towner', I was sorely disappointed by both the scarcity of patrons and the scarcity of art! We left this museum and headed down the road to the LDS museum, which was head and shoulders above the other!
Review by Winhall4 years ago
It's small but surprisingly good. I don't know the Utah well but I think this is a rare gem in the downtown Utah where the artists freely express themselves. I did not agree with some of the works but I was still curious to find out the meaning of the work. I wish I could meet the artists and ask them their intentions/thoughts behind their works. Visiting this place gave me a fresh perspective to Utah when I didn't feel so comfortable about the temples - they are very impressive though.
Review by MarinaHeck Estiaga4 years ago
I really enjoyed that rotations are constantly changing. The layout is also great for film exhibits which is something unique for a visual art museum. The space was large enough as well for groups too. Suggested donation is always a plus as well to get people into museums. I think there is still a lot of potential but I enjoyed it for what it is.
Review by Saylor5 years ago
Only $5, so if you like modern art worth a stop.
I saw several interesting pieces, including a video installation by Brain Charles Patterson I very much liked. Very compelling and a little scary, but I couldn't turn away and came back to this video piece several times.
If in town I would stop by again so see the current exhibits.
Review by Tsakonas Makoushinski5 years ago
Looks like the place was doing some restructuring of the museum do I didn't get to experience everything. I did see this piece and thought it was pretty awesome to see a crater of s volcano in different angles and colors. I will need to come back and check out the other rooms once they are done remodeling.
Review by Rekz5 years ago
I tend to gravitate towards museums when I'm in new and strange towns. So far in Utah I've visited this museum and the Leonardo. I thought this museum was much better than the Leonardo for a few reasons:
- It's smaller and laid out much better. The way you are moved through the space is much more fluid. The downstairs area is reserved for larger installations and artists.
- It's much cheaper - it's free but they (as do I) suggest you donate $5 as an entrance fee.
- Not as crowded. I was one of maybe 5 people I saw the entire time I was in there.
Review by Vidore Muzyczuk6 years ago
Really nice museum with interesting exhibits. No admission fee but a $5 donation is suggested.
Review by Rosea6 years ago
Free admission!! Pretty awesome if you love arts. The museum is very spacious with a blend of modern painting and sculptures. Staff are very friendly and helpful. I would recommend donate some money to help out.
Review by Goldbaum7 years ago
Because the exhibits change frequently, the museum can be hit or miss. However, I've always found at least a couple of pieces that were interesting. Also, it's free and the staff is very friendly. So check it out and donate a few bucks if you like what you see.
Review by Genesther7 years ago
This is not. Museum it is a sad gallery. It offered very little in art. I saw more art at the airport. A big big disappointment. The receptionist was very helpful and friendly, and the place was free, but still a huge disappointment.
Review by Provene Jonkergouw8 years ago
I noticed the Salt Lake Art Center when exploring downtown Salt Lake City when I first moved to the city. It took me a few months, but I finally got a chance to explore the exhibits one cool Friday afternoon.
The exhibits are free and rotate, featuring a lot of local artists or regional landscape inspired work. I arrived the day of the opening of a new downstairs exhibit, which easily doubles the amount of display space. There is also a video room in the back feature art in the form of multimedia. There was a very peculiar video playing on my visit that I frankly didn't understand, but it's a nice touch, nonetheless.
Be sure to stop and check the small gift section as you leave (or enter), as there are some very creative pieces for sale, ranging from small prints to jewelry made with polish bicycle parts.
A great way to spend an hour escaping the chilly temperatures outside, especially since it's free!
Review by Ngonyama9 years ago
The art center currently has an artist-designed putt-putt course. It's a full 18 holes, and it's free to play. Open 11-6 tues-thurs and sat, 11-9 fri, and 12-5 sun. Many of the holes were just about impossible... it was the most difficult, yet most interesting, game of putt-putt I have ever played! Definitely worth an hour of your time in SLC.
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