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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

Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts

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 | Upcoming 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 proposals for the Rio & Alice Galleries will be open January 1-February 1, 2018.

2018 Guidelines

January 19th-March 9th, 2018
Artist Reception during Gallery Stroll: January 19th, 2018 | 6 – 9 pm 

Art in the Home makes original art accessible to individuals and families who appreciate art but may not have the resources to acquire pieces of their own. Fourteen professional artists generously donated paintings and sculpture to be exchanged for objects with families who do not own original art. Their purpose in exchanging artwork for objects was to discover the effect of original art on the lives of people who cannot buy original works of art.

Each family or individual could chose from a selection of artwork, and then provide an object from their house for exchange. Although they had no restrictions on the object they exchanged, many participants chose something sentimental or personally meaningful. Many of the exchanged objects appear ordinary, but under the surface they are rich with meaning.

After living with the artwork for a month, the participants answered a survey reflecting on their experiences of having art in their homes and the impact of trading their items for art.

The exhibit includes representational figurative and landscape paintings, abstract works, and sculptures, hanging alongside the objects traded by the participants, as well as a participant’s survey describing the experience of living with original art.

Artists include Paige Crosland Anderson, Namon Bills, Jeffrey Hale, Stephanie Hock, Hillary W. Jacobsen, Abraham Kimball, Steve McGinty, Jeffery R. Pugh, Bruce Robertson, Heidi Somsen, Steven Stradley, Claire Tollstrup, Justin Wheatley, and Clinton Whiting.”






Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899.

The gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection. 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.

Past Exhibitions | Upcoming Exhibitions

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
617 East South Temple SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public

Exhibition proposals for the Rio & Alice Galleries will be open January 1-February 1, 2018.

2018 Guidelines


January 19th-March 2nd, 2018
Reception during Gallery Stroll: February 16th, 2018 | 6 – 9 pm 
“Although better known for his paintings, George Beard was also a prolific exponent of the new art of glass plate photography, producing some of the finest landscape studies of his period. Beard took up photography to help record with fidelity and greater permanence the beauty of the Uinta Mountains and the spectacular vistas he encountered in his travels. He would carry his bulky photographic equipment and his beloved camera “Alice” into what he referred to as the “roughest, wildest, most inaccessible corners in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, California, Oregon, and the State of Washington.”

He studied under the tutelage of Charles R. Savage, the master of pioneer Utah photography. “To me, his photos were all works of art because of his position, the lights and shadows, and complete composition of his pictures,” Beard said.

Despite his evident skill, Beard was never commercially motivated. Instead, he painted and photographed for the sheer joy of it and as a welcome diversion from his busy life as a store manager in Coalville.

In 1974, more than 1,400 of his glass plate negatives were placed on deposit in the archives of Brigham Young University. The following year Professor Peter Myer mounted an exhibition of Beard’s paintings and photographs as part of the Brigham University Centennial Mormon Arts Festival. Four decades after the exhibition of his work at the Centennial Mormon Arts Festival, an exhibition of a selection of George Beard’s photographs was curated with special permission from L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University and was exhibited at the Springville Museum of Art in March 2017. This exhibition is a selection of 30 works from that exhibition.

This exhibition is a fitting tribute to Beard’s pioneering landscape photography. The fine quality of these prints is also a testament to his masterful photographic technique. The skillful use of light and shade and a painstaking attention to detail have earned him a place among the greatest photographers of the American West.

This exhibition was produced by Utah State Representative Norman Thurston, third-great nephew of George Beard, and curated by Dr. Herman du Toit. The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Art Works for Kids, Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital, and Duke’s Jewelers.”



Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City
2018 MWAC Design
Anna Campbell Bliss, Let Their Spirits Soar, 2010
Utah State Public Art Collection

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.

Full Conference Registration – $110 (Early registration $95 until March 15th)
Senior (65+) & Veteran/Active Duty – $75
Change Leader (must use code) – $85
Student and Keynote Luncheon only – $55

Keynote Speaker – Kevin Kling

We are thrilled to announce internationally renowned Playwright, Author and Storyteller Kevin Kling as the 2018 Mountain West Arts Conference keynote speaker.
Read full bio here

Video – Kevin Kling: Lost & Found | Tickled Pink

Keynote Address: “The Healing Power of Story”
We give our lives value through our struggles and our struggles voice through our stories. In these turbulent times artists play some of the most vital roles in helping us maintain our stability and clarity. When we reflect deeply and respond meaningfully we have stepped onto the path of healing. In this presentation, Kevin Kling shares his personal experience with disability and his thoughts about the healing power of story, including the importance of vulnerability, listening, the need to belong and the medicine of humor.
“Heroes are only as great as the dragons they face.” ~~ Kevin Kling

More conference information coming soon



Conference Sponsorship

Sponsor a table at the Keynote Luncheon to help us provide conference scholarships and to bring author, playwright, and storyteller Kevin Kling to Utah.
2018 Table Sponsorship Form

You can purchase a table below:

  • Arts Benefactor Table – $1000
    Premier seating for table of 10 – Acknowledgment at luncheon and logo in program – Logo and link on conference web page – Display table at the conference – 4 full conference registrations
  • Arts Patron Table – $650
    Prominent seating for table of 8 – Acknowledgment at luncheon and name in program – Name listing on conference web page – 2 full conference registrations
  • Arts Supporter Table – $350
    Prime seating for 4 – Acknowledgment at luncheon and name in program – Name listing on conference web page

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2018 Keynote Luncheon

Arts Benefactor



Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554

Museums Advocacy Day

The Utah Museums Association and the Office of Museum Services Board of Directors will hold Museums Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda.

This is a great opportunity to meet with your state representatives. You do not need to have any special training or prior experience to participate.

We encourage you to reach out to your legislators now and introduce yourself. Let them know you’ll be coming to the Capitol on February 27 and that you hope to meet with them. Click here to find your legislator. 

To register for Museum Advocacy Day, please click here. Registration is required to attend this day. 

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February 27, 2018

  • 8:00-8:30    Load-in and set up museum display tables
  • 8:45-9:30    Introductions and Orientation (mandatory attendance)
  • 9:30-1:00    Legislator Contacts and Rotunda Displays
  • 1:00-1:30    Load-out

For more information, please contact the Utah Museums Association Administrative Assistant, Ruth White, at 202.251.0549 or

Performing Arts

Our performing arts services provide support to Utah performing artists and presenting organizations (presenters) in their efforts to enhance artistic/professional development and increase community involvement and accessibility.

The Business of the Touring Arts – FREE Training Webinars 

The Performing Arts Program is partnering with Weber State University Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities to bring free training webinars to performing artists and presenters throughout the state.

January 18th – Performing Artists Overview
February 22nd – Presenters Overview
March 15th – Contracts Overview
April 12th – Wrap-up and Summary
All webinars take place from 2pm – 2:50pm

Link for all webinars –

Instructors Rachel Cohen and Diane Neri Stern will provide best-practice methods for working in the field of the performing arts. Areas to be covered will include readiness to participate in the professional field, representation, budgeting, timelines, development of residency options, professional behavior and associated areas. Trainings will include information for artists, those who present artists, in-depth examination of contracting, and time for exploring questions from participants.

Funding Opportunities

WESTAF’s TourWest  Grant – NOW OPEN
– Application Deadline April 2, 2018
Presenters Grant

TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performing artists. Projects must take place between September 1 and August 31. All projects must have one public performance and one educational outreach activity. TourWest standard performance grants are available in an amount of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less. Applicants may apply for up to two standard performance grants. Applications can be found on the TourWest website.

OnStage in Utah – Will reopen Monday, May 21, 2018
Presenters Grant

OnStage in Utah recognizes the important role presenters play in linking performing artists with Utah audiences. Funding is available to Utah Presenters to support a public performance with a separate community outreach activity of an in-state or out-of-state performing artist. OnStage in Utah funding is available in an amount of up to $2,000 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less.

Performing Arts Booking Conference Support
Closed, will reopen July 2018
Utah Performing Artists & Performing Arts Presenters

The Performing Arts Program provides funding support for professional presenters or performing artists to attend annual booking conferences. Booking conferences are gathering places for performing arts professionals.  These conferences provide opportunities for performing artists to market their art to presenters who are looking to bring performance to their communities. Booking conferences are also exceptional opportunities for artists to obtain professional development and network with other professionals in the field.

Performing Artists Career Advancement Funding
Closed, will reopen July 2018
Utah Performing Artists

The Performing Arts Program provides funding to support the professional development and career advancement of performing artists. This funding is specifically designed to help individuals who are professionally engaged in the performing arts. Projects can include but are not limited to: creation/design of marketing materials (photo, video, print, web, recording, etc.), conference registration, professional development, equipment purchase, etc.

If you are interested in applying please contact Jason Bowcutt, 801-236-7554, for a brief consultation prior to submission.


Performing Artist List

Performing Artist List – A list of Utah performing artists that have been booked through OnStage in Utah, or who have received funding to attend regional performing arts booking conferences.

Performing Arts Newsletter

This newsletter contains information about local and national funding and professional development opportunities. If you would like to receive this please send a request via email to Jason Bowcutt, Please include your name, address and information about your art.

Free Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging
– National Center for Creative Again NCCA

The NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, is a free online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. This self-guided training offers an introduction to philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. It introduces readers to the life story-based methods developed by Susan Perlstein and Elders Share the Arts, as well as several other approaches and techniques, offering an array of exercises and case studies that exemplify the work that is happening in the field today.

Utah Presenters

Click HERE for a list of Utah Presenters.

Utah Presenters is a network of organizations that bring performing arts events to their communities. Presenters connect with each other to foster collaboration, arrange block booking, provide professional development training, mentor and share best practices, and raise public awareness of the value of arts in communities.

Presenters can join the Facebook membership-only group networking site. Contact Jason Bowcutt to request an invitation to join.

Nonprofit Venues – Provided by Utah Cultural Alliance

Click HERE for a list of Nonprofit venues in Utah. Or, submit your venue to be a part of this list.

Performing Artist Profiles on

Performing artists are an integral part of arts activities throughout the state. Through dance, music, theatre, storytelling and other live performances, performing artists enhance our communities and open new vistas of understanding and appreciation. Visit to view performing artists throughout Utah.

Performing Arts Program Brochure

Download the Performing Arts program brochure.


Contact Jason Bowcutt at or 801.236.7554.

Professional Development

The grants managers from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Utah Humanities Are headed back on the road to offer a few more workshops in four different counties. The workshops are free, but the registration is limited, and the workshop may fill up. Please register early, and if for some reason your plans change, please let us know so that someone else can come in your place.

Utah County – FULL
Provo City Library
Friday, October 27 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Provo Registration

Uintah County
Uintah County Libary
Friday, December 1 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Vernal Registration

Weber/Davis County
United Way of Northern Utah
Thursday, January 18 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ogden Registration

Sanpete County
Snow College
Thursday, February 22 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ephraim Registration

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Workshops and seminars are developed to address the varied needs of Utah’s artists, writers, museums and professional organizations.



Mountain West Arts Conference

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.

Change Leader Program

am_resources_prof_dev_clinstituteThe Change Leader Program is a professional development course and an active network of course graduates.  The program has four main components: the Change Leader Institute, Certification Projects, Conferences, and Leadership Circles/Special Initiatives.  Participants attend a three-day Change Leader Institute that lays the basics for assessing needs and opportunities in their environments, teaches the communication skills to shape and obtain commitment, and outlines the facilitation skills that transition groups and implement change.  Following the Institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project.  These certified Change Leaders form a statewide network of cultural and community leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.


Museum Certification

The 2008 State Legislature enacted a bill that requires the Utah Arts & Museums to establish a program creating a Certified Utah Museum designation.  Museums must be certified to be eligible for grants.  For those museums that register with the Commerce Department for soliciting funds, the Certified Utah Museum designation reduces the annual registration fee from $100 to $65.

Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to become more professional through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and stucture, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations.

We provide funding to artists, nonprofit organizations, museums and schools through grants and competitions.