Utah's art scene gets edgy
“Salt Lake City” and “contemporary art” are rarely used in the same sentence, but that may change. In 2008 the Utah Museum of Fine Arts hired Jill Dawsey, formerly of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as its first curator of modern and contemporary art, not long after Brigham Young University had hired Jeff Lambson, a veteran of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., as its museum’s first contemporary art curator. Around the same time, Adam Price, a local litigator, started the experimental 337 Project, which attracted huge lines for last June’s “Face Off at the Urban Gallery,” in which nine local artists were each given a garage door and 18 hours to complete a painting on it. Now the Salt Lake Art Center, the city’s only venue dedicated to contemporary art, has tapped Price as its director. This winter he’s leaving his practice to help the SLAC meet the Mormon-dominated city’s surprising demand for the cutting edge.
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Photo: courtesy BYU