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Fine Arts Collection

State Fine Art Collection In 1899, State Representative Alice Merrill Horne sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsorship, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.” The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.Image: Helen, Lee Greene Richards, oil on canvas, 1911

Folk Arts Collection 

Folk Art Collection The only state museum of its kind in the country, the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts has become the place where traditional art and artists from Utah’s ethnic, native, occupational and rural communities share their craft, music and dance with their own communities, their Utah neighbors and with tourists from around the world.Image: Home of the Butterflies Basket, Mary Holiday Black, 1995

Public Art Collection 

 Public Art Collection In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. There are over 200 pieces in the Utah Public Art Collection, including a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.Image: Rainbow Cloud, Frank Nockos, aluminum and pigment, 1994; Located at the Utah State Hospital Adult Psychiatric Facility in Provo

Traveling Exhibit Collection

Traveling Exhibit Program The Traveling Exhibits Program (TEP), sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, is a collaborative partnership with museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools in the State of Utah. This program brings the collections and resources of the Division and special exhibits provided by various organizations to you and your community.Image: From the Hills, Sandy Brunvand, Saltgrass Printmakers

Art Acquisition Committee

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums Visual Arts staff works with a community based Art Acquisition Committee to review and recommend Utah artists for placement in the State of Utah’s Fine and Folk Art Collections. This appointed and volunteer Acquisition Committee offers their considerable knowledge and expertise in advising the Board of Directors of the Division of Arts & Museums for terms of up to four years. The Acquisition Committee members are:

Lila Abersold
David Erickson
Amy Jorgensen
John T Neilson
Kandace Steadman
Diane Stewart
and
Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Director, Gay Cookson

For assistance, please contact: Jim Glenn, Collections, Public & Design Arts: 801.245.7271 Emily Johnson, Collections Registrar: 801.363.0298