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Who Tells Your Story?

Who Tells Your Story? Exhibition Open House
Thursday, January 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Utah State Capitol, 
4th floor

 This exhibition provides an opportunity for everyone to engage in the conversation surrounding “Hamilton: An American Musical” when it arrives in Utah this spring. The open house will include remarks by Governor Gary R. Herbert and a performance by The BBoy Federation.

This exhibition explores the varied ways that people of Utah have documented their lives throughout history. There are many media that can be used to tell a story, and these are just a few ways that Utahns have chosen to share their experiences. Continue reading

In the heart of Liberty Park ~ Always Free Admission

Play On!

Explore the process of play with hands-on fun while learning about toys and games of traditional folk artists from the State of Utah Folk Art Collection

This exhibition showcases a variety of interactive experiences appropriate for different age groups from children to adults.

Opening Reception April 20th 6-9pm

Exhibition runs until June 29, 2018

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities. The Museum offers a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. The Chase Home, built more than 150 years ago in a traditional hall-and-parlor style from adobe bricks, is a fine example of 19th century folk art.

To learn more about the Mondays in the Park summer concert series, click HERE.

Workshops & Temporary Exhibitions

A workshop space on the first floor features both folk arts and museum programming at the Chase Home. We offer classes, hands-on workshops, artist visits, and many more events. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements.

The workshop space also serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions of Utah folk and traditional arts or new work featuring emerging folk art genres or innovations of tradition. We accept proposals for 8-12 week exhibitions by Utah artists. See our Exhibition Guidelines to submit a proposal. Contact Museum Administrator Sabrina Sanders ( to learn more.

View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection

Location & Hours

The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East and follow the signs to parking near the center of the park.

The ground level is ADA compliant offering two galleries, as well as a history timeline of the Chase Home. The house is a historic structure which does not offer elevator access to the second story galleries. The second story is accessed via a set of stairs.

Winter Hours 9/5/17 through 5/28/18:

Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Closed on holidays


Call 801.245.7285

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Rio Gallery

The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue. The Rio Gallery is located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot.

Past Exhibitions

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Open Saturdays from 10 – 2, Nov 11 – Apr 21 for Winter Market
Closed Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101
Free and open to the public

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

March 16th-May 11th, 2018

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception March 16, 2018, 6-9pm


Familiar Flora: Four Visual Responses to Living with Plants, includes works by artists Melinda Ostraff, Jenny Ostraff, Elise Boucher Ostraff, and Alexis FryerOstraff. The four artists in this show are a mother, a daughter, and two daughters-in-law. They work in a variety of two dimensional media including encaustic, collage, painting, and printmaking. In addition to being artists, they are connected by a love of the plant life that they cultivate in pots and gardens around their homes. Their mother, Melinda, is an ethnobotanist and her knowledge and interests have inspired and intrigued her daughters as they have become familiar with her work. They have come to appreciate more fully how plants are an important part of each of our lives.

Plants feed, heal, build, inspire, beautify, and provide the air we breathe. The artists each take great pleasure in venturing out into nature and enjoying the plant life that is so varied, vast, and beautiful. On the other hand, a plant that occupies one’s most frequented and comfortable rooms may become as dear as a friend. The artists appreciate this relationship as well as the inspiration that a plant’s form, pattern, and texture provide in creating imagery. They have each provided a selection of work that reflects the relationships they have to plants and observations they have made as they have approached plants as the shared subject of their work.



Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Upcoming Workshops

Caring For Archives in Museums

Dates: April 12 & May 3, 2018

Time: 9:30 am-4:30 PM, both days

Location: Ogden Nature Center

Cost: $20

Register for our upcoming Caring for Archives in Museums two-part workshop! If your museum is responsible for institutional archives, or archival materials, and you’re not sure where to start, this is the training for you. Join instructors from the Utah State Archives and Records Service, Utah Division of State History, and Utah Division of Arts and Museums for instruction and hands-on activities!

Click here to register.


Box and Storage Mount-making workshop materials, Utah Museums Association Conference 2016, click here.

 Environmental Monitoring       full kit photo 2

UA&M now offers an environmental monitoring kit for rent for a small fee. The kit includes tools to measure your museum’s temperature, humidity, and light allowances. For more information about the kit or to inquire about rental, please contact Jennifer Ortiz at or 801.245.7288. 

Preservation Assessment

We now offer an onsite preservation assessment for museums interested in learning more about how to better preserve their collections. Based off of Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), Utah Arts and Museum’s Preservation Assessment provides constructive feedback on areas of improvement through a facilitated onsite visit and itemized report. The visit and report are meant to provide feedback that will assist in identifying priority collections care needs and better assist museums interested in applying for museum grants through Utah Arts and Museums.

Please see our Pre-Assessment worksheet for more information and contact Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Specialist at 801-245-7288 to schedule your assessment.

Historic Interpretation Plan Assessment

Do you have a historic house museum in your community that needs a historic interpretation plan? The interpretation of historic interiors can create a powerful interpretative experience for visitors to feel the history of your museum or historic structure’s space. Historic Interpretation can encompass a historic structure with original furnishings, a restored interior with some originals furnishings, or a recreated/reconstructed interior without non-original furnishings. A Historic Interpretation Plan can assist your museum with telling its story.

For more information and to schedule your site visit, please contact Alena Franco at

Emergency Planning

Collections Management

Fair Use and Copyright Issues

Museums Newsletter

This e-newsletter contains timely information and articles for Utah museums. If you would like to receive it, please email Jennifer Ortiz at

Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Looking for help with volunteers, accessibility, strategic planning or starting up a new museum? Check out the toolkit for nonprofit arts organizations and museums. Click HERE for the nonprofit organization toolkit.

Museum Support Organizations