Eight Utah Art Spaces You Probably Didn’t Know About – Hyperallergic | Ad On Picture

The state of Mountain West, Utah is known for many things, including world-class outdoor adventures, phenomenal views and the cultural influence of the Mormon community. But Utah is also home to a thriving arts scene, replete with artist-run spaces, imaginative dual-purpose venues, and established galleries that support artists at every stage of their careers and capture the attention of locals and visitors alike.

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Artist Andrew Alba’s works hang after an exhibition in Salon 801 in Vis Optics (photo Roxanne Gray)

801 Salon

Hosting a gallery from an eyewear store, in this case Vis Optics, only seems to work in theory because seeing is in harmony with fine art. However, the exhibitions organized by 801 Salon are not only appealing to the eye. 801 Salon spotlights a local visual artist each month and integrates diverse elements such as dance, poetry and music. A recent exhibition by artist Jill Whit began with an exhibition of her quilted and airbrushed parachute tapestries and ended with a performance of her music. The exhibitions remain on display at Vis Optics for about a month, allowing visitors to the gallery and shoppers alike to experience the work.

801 Salon/Vis Optik (instagram.com/801.salon)
801 South 800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah


Bizarre Bazaar is considered an Art Boutique by Dreamscapes (Photo Bianca Velasquez)

Bizarre Bazaar

Located adjacent to the immersive interactive art installation Dreamscapes, Bizarre Bazaar is a locally-focused gallery showcasing the work of Utah’s most eclectic and unconventional artists. Founded by the Utah Arts Alliance (UAA), Bizarre Bazaar supports and fulfills the UAA’s mission to create space for artists of all backgrounds and mediums, and aims to foster the exposure and opportunity of local artists through its platform. From large acrylic works on canvas to small handcrafted robots made from recycled materials, Bizarre Bazaar keeps its collection mysterious and magical.

Bizarre Bazaar (utaharts.org)
10450 State Street, #2320, Sandy, UT


Gallery 25 is one of Ogden’s oldest local art galleries (courtesy of the gallery)

Gallery 25

A fascinating cornerstone of Ogden, Gallery 25 is located on Utah’s charming and historic 25th Street. Known as the city’s oldest gallery, it is an integral part of the monthly Ogden Art Stroll. The gallery features work from both its “owning artists” and “guest artists,” including David J. Crowther’s vibrant nature photography, Keith Dabb’s comedic acrylic brown bears, and Susan Jordan’s abstractions. An artist collective offers portrait commissions and the gallery features a different artist and their work each month.

Gallery 25 (gallery25utah.com)
268 Historic 25th Street, Ogden, Utah


As a community space, Monarch hosts shows, events and Ogden Contemporary Arts (courtesy of OCA)

The monarch

Housed in a historic building in the Nine Rails Creative District in Ogden, Utah, Monarch is home to Ogden Contemporary Arts (OCA) and has functioned as an events space and creative studio since 2019. The Monarch also houses studio space for local artists who display their work in the gallery, which offers increased exposure through events and art walks. Perhaps the monarch’s most notable exhibition at 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


Gallery Moab offers a space for art amidst the city’s infamous red cliffs, with many of the works on display inspired by the surrounding landscape (courtesy Shari Michaud)

Gallery Moab

Moab draws nature-loving tourists with its red rocks and scenic outdoor excursions, and downtown expands the adventure with lively bars, gift shops, and the Gallery Moab community venture. Aiming to nurture the arts community in Moab, the eponymous gallery houses works by local painters, sculptors, photographers and more such as Antonio Savarese, whose oil paintings depict the red landscapes of Moab. On the kitschy end of the spectrum is Michael Porter, who uses ceramics to transform vintage license plate images into the shape of a mug. Whether you come for landscape art or a souvenir, Gallery Moab captures work inspired by their stunning hometown.

Gallery Moab (gallerymoab.com)
59 South Main Street, No. 1, Moab, Utah


Works from the JKR Gallery Yearbook autumn apparitions Exhibition (courtesy of the gallery)

JKR gallery

The JKR Gallery complements the Provo, Utah art scene with art exhibitions curated under specific themes in one of two styles: Open Calls and Curated Invitations. Previous shows such as autumn apparitions and the coming God’s grace Offer artists the opportunity to complete a piece under the thematic prompt, resulting in similar messages presented through different mediums and perspectives. Emerging and veteran artists alike take part in this tradition, offering both 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


Artists and visitors at Medium Studio, Salt Lake City’s newest underground arts center (courtesy of Maru Quevedo)

Medium studio

Medium Studio brings culture, creativity and learning to the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City. By hosting events such as the Utah Black Business Market, collaborative jazz nights, AAPI events, and Pasifika storytelling events, Medium helps create connections between the city’s inner-city community and diverse cultures and backgrounds. With a focus on design, Medium’s gallery features work such as the concrete sculptures by Moody Cactus and pieces by local furniture designers such as Alise Anderson and Emily Cates. Medium is uniquely curated with space for community growth and exploration.

Medium Studio (instagram.com/medium.slc)
2006 South 900 East Front, Salt Lake City, Utah


The Urban Arts Gallery is a local art hotspot in downtown Salt Lake City (courtesy of the gallery)

Urban art gallery

The Urban Arts Gallery breathed life into The Gateway in Salt Lake City when they made the mall their new home. While the gallery is known for hosting works like Scott Tuckfield’s psychedelic painting and the annual submissions to their Annual Skate Deck Challenge, it plays a much larger role in Salt Lake’s artist community. The space keeps the love of local art alive by spearheading the recurring gallery stroll, supporting emerging artists, hosting artist workshops and offering open call opportunities like that Observation list exhibit.

Urban Art Gallery (urbanartsgallery.org)
116 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah

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