Salt Lake City

United States

20 South West Temple
Phone: 801 328 4201
Fax: 801 322 4323

Salt Lake Art Center

The purpose of the Salt Lake Art Center is to encourage contemporary visual artists and art which challenge and educate public perceptions of civil, social and aesthetic issues affecting society.

The Salt Lake Art Center supports artists who are independent and responsible, who are engaged in their communities and with vital contemporary issues, and who want to expand the artist’s role in society.

The Salt Lake Art Center presents contemporary exhibitions and programs of art, which have aesthetic and social consciousness, which elicit civil dialogue about crucial issues, which evoke emotional responses, and which are thought provoking to the community and to other artists.

The Salt Lake Art Center is responsible for challenging and educating the community about contemporary visual art and for developing a strong mutual trust with it.

The Salt Lake Art Center explores provocative issues relevant to contemporary society, issues not limited by past precedents, boundaries or policies. The Center discourages division but welcomes differences and diversity. It raises questions rather than providing answers.


15th February to 31st May 2008
This exhibition brings together 58 works spanning three decades of this remarkable artist's development. It traces the evolution of Hansen's work from his tenderly rendered narrative paintings of the 1970's to later bolder canvases in which the palette is more vibrant, the compositions more complex and the images more iconic.

Exhibitions (10)

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays

Getting there

20 South West Temple
Salt Lake City
Utah 84101

Tel: 801 328 4201
Fax: 801 322 4323



The Salt Lake Center houses a retail outlet for specialized art books, exhibition catalogs, and contemporary art journals and periodicals. Many of the items are unique to the Salt Lake Art Center and cannot be found in traditional book stores; others are specifically related to current exhibitions and/or about the exhibiting artists.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Salt Lake Art Center exhibitions are supplemented by a variety of educational programs for all ages. Education programs seek to bridge the gap between the artist and the viewer, while encouraging personal examination and individual interpretation.


Guided discussions provide groups with a chance to vieW and discuss the exhibitions and create a meaningful, and an educational experience at the Salt Lake Art Center. Pre-arranged tours are given by the Curator of Exhibitions, or the Curator of Education. Tours can be designed to suit any age group.
For more information please contact Jay Heuman, Curator of Education, at or by phone at 801 328 4201 x121

Tours must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance
All visits to the Salt Lake Art Center, guided or self-guided, are free
An optional hands-on activity may be available for a nominal fee per student
Groups must be of up to 40 students
We ask that for a guided tour the ratio of student to adults be 8 to 1 and for the self-guided tour 5 to 1


The Salt Lake Art Center's youth education programs provide an important link with and supplement to Utah's public education system. Ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau among states spending the fewest dollars on education per student, it is no surprise that art education in many of Utah's public schools is inadequate or nonexistent. Low-income and at-risk children are the hardest hit, as most have limited exposure to cultural activities and receive little, if any, art education in the home.

Research shows that arts in education helps students succeed in school and in life, and that students engaged in the arts score better on standardized tests, have better attendance records and perform better in all core subjects. In both KidsmART and ArtWORKS, the emphasis is not on creating young artists but on developing responsible young citizens. Focusing on self-determination, a primary process in art-making, allows each student to reveal his or her personality. This freedom, coupled with creative accomplishment, enhances the students' confidence, self-esteem and expectation that they can be successful. The programs are also intended to subtly expose each participant to the uniqueness of self in relationship to the collective diversity of the community group, the class.