Eight Utah Art Spaces You Probably Didn’t Know About
Utah’s Mountain West State is known for many things, including world-class outdoor adventures, phenomenal vistas, and the cultural influence of the Mormon community. But Utah is also home to a thriving art scene, teeming with artist-run spaces, imaginative dual-purpose venues, and established galleries that support artists at every stage of their career, catching the attention of locals and visitors alike. .
Hosting a gallery from an eyewear store, in this case Vis Optics, might seem to work in theory only because vision is aligned with visual art. However, the exhibitions organized by the 801 Salon do not only appeal to the eyes. 801 Salon highlights a local visual artist each month and incorporates different elements such as dance, poetry and music. A recent showcase of the artist’s work Jill Whit began with a display of his quilted and airbrushed parachute tapestry and ended with a performance of his music. Exhibits remain on view at Vis Optics for approximately one month, allowing gallery visitors and shop patrons to experience the work.
801 Salon/Vis Optique (instagram.com/801.salon)
801 South 800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah
Located next to the immersive interactive art installation dream landscapes, Bizarre Bazaar is a local gallery showcasing the works of Utah’s most eclectic and non-traditional artists. Created and supported by the Utah Arts Alliance (UAA), Bizarre Bazaar fulfills the UAA’s mission to create space for artists of all backgrounds and media and aims to increase exposure and opportunities for local artists through their platform. From large acrylic canvases to small robots handcrafted from recycled materials, Bizarre Bazaar keeps its collection mysterious and magical.
Bizarre Bazaar (utaharts.org)
10450 State Street, #2320, Sandy, Utah
An intriguing Ogden staple, located on Utah’s charming and historic 25th Street, Gallery 25 is known as the oldest gallery in town and is a feature of the monthly Ogden Art Stroll. The gallery exhibits the works of its “owner artists” and “guest artists,” including the vibrant nature photographs of David J. Crowther, comical acrylic brown bears by Keith Dabb, and abstractions by Susan Jordan. A collective of artists offers portrait commissions and the gallery presents a different artist and their work each month.
Gallery 25 (gallery25utah.com)
268 Historic 25th Street, Ogden, Utah
Located in a historic building in the Nine Rails Creative District in Ogden, Utah, the Monarch is home to Ogden Contemporary Arts (OCA) and has operated as an event space and creative studio since 2019. The Monarch also houses a studio for artists locals who display their work in the gallery, providing increased exposure through events and art walks. Perhaps the monarch’s most notable display within the OCA was The King’s Mouth, an immersive art experience created by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips in 2021.
The monarch (themonarchogden.com)
455 25th Street, Ogden, Utah
Moab attracts nature-loving tourists with its red rocks and scenic outdoor excursions, and downtown extends the adventure with lively bars, souvenir shops and the collaborative Gallery Moab. Aiming to foster Moab’s artistic community, the eponymous gallery hosts works by local painters, sculptors, photographers, and more. Antonio Savarese, whose oil paintings represent the red landscapes of Moab. At the more kitschy end of the spectrum is Michael Porter, which uses ceramic to transform images of vintage license plates into mug shapes. Whether visiting for landscape art or a souvenir, Moab Gallery captures work inspired by its striking hometown.
Moab Gallery (gallerymoab.com)
59 Main Street South, #1, Moab, Utah
The JKR Gallery regularly adds to the art scene in Provo, Utah, with art exhibitions organized under specific themes in one of two types: open calls and invitation-only. Previous shows such as Fall Appearances and the next God’s grace offer artists the opportunity to complete a piece under the thematic prompt, resulting in similar messages portrayed through various mediums and perspectives. Emerging and experienced artists participate in this tradition, giving visitors and locals something to look forward to month after month.
JKR Gallery (jkr-gallery.myshopify.com)
1675 North Freedom Boulevard, Unit 7B, Provo, Utah
Medium Studio brings culture, creativity and learning to Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood. By hosting events such as the Utah Black Business Market, Collaborative Jazz Nights, AAPI Events, and Pasifika Storytelling Events, Medium helps connect the city’s downtown community with diverse cultures and backgrounds. . With a focus on design, the Medium Gallery exhibits works such as the sullen cactusconcrete sculptures and pieces by local furniture designers like Alise Anderson and Emily Cates. Uniquely curated, Medium provides space for community growth and exploration.
Medium Studio (instagram.com/medium.slc)
2006 South 900 East Front, Salt Lake City, Utah
Urban Arts Gallery
Urban Arts Gallery donated to Salt Lake City Gateway a breath of life when he made the mall his new home. Although the gallery is known for hosting works such as Scott Tuckfield’s psychedelic painting and annual submissions for their annual skateboarding challenge, it plays a much larger role in Salt Lake’s artist community. The space continues the love for local art by leading the gallery’s recurring walk, supporting emerging artists, hosting artist workshops and providing open call opportunities such as the Watchlist exposure.
Urban Arts Gallery (urbanartsgallery.org)
116 Rio Grande Street South, Salt Lake City, Utah