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History — 1940s

1940

The group, Associated Utah Artists, forms and exhibits annually at the Art Barn until 1958.

1941

Annual Beaux Arts Ball temporarily changes its name to Allied Defense Ball in support of the war effort.

Junior League sponsors the exhibition of fourteen paintings by Vincent Van Gogh.

1942

Art Barn events and programming transition in content and focus to aid defense efforts.

1945

Famed pianist, Grant Johannesen, debuts his first among many Art Barn recitals.. Called “unorthodox” and an “elegant interpreter,” Johannesen continues to perform at the Art Barn for years, often premiering work there.

1946

Alta Rawlins Jensen hyperbolically writes that the Art Barn is “Utah’ s Louvre.”

1947

Describing the environment of the Art Barn, Jensen writes, “Wallace Stegner may be addressing the League of Western Writers in the gallery; or on another of these special nights, Florence Ware may be there elucidating color and design.”

1949

Art Center School offers an Associate of Arts degree.