Sunday, May 18, 2008

Art In The Unlikeliest of Places: The Springville Museum of Art

Just over 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah, in Springville, is an art museum that you might more likely see in a major metropolitan area, not a town of just over 20,000 people. The current building completed in 1937 (with several additions since) it is the oldest museum dedicated to the visual fine arts in the state of Utah. The museum building, designed in the Spanish Moroccan style is a work of art by itself.

The museum houses both its own permanent collections and hosts traveling exhibitions. Its particular focus is on Utah Art, a major Soviet collection, early Americana, and the European Steed Collection. But, if you think that a museum of this quality is for adults only, think again.

The Springville Museum of Art also has two youth galleries on the lower level and hosts many programs for children aimed at both helping children appreciate art and stirring their interest in art. Many of these programs are hands on events where children can participate in making a piece of art themselves.

Don't miss "Community and Family Night," each Monday at 6:00 p.m. This free event provides quality cultural and educational opportunities to the community of Springville and beyond. The program consists of a Guest Artist Presentation, Entertainment, and a Children's Art Project. There is also the "Sunday Concert Series" on select Sundays each month, starting at 5:00 p.m.

The museum is a wonderful place to go and see and learn about amazing, world class art, in one of the unlikeliest places.

Place: Springville Museum of Art
Location: 126 East 400 South, Springville, UT
Phone: 801.489.2727
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Closed on Mondays
Cost: FREE

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