Artist-in-Residence Moses Williams' exhibition Parable Bodies is on view through June 1, 2024 in the AIR Space.

History — 1960s

1961

James Lewis Haseltine is hired as the first paid and professionally trained director of the Salt Lake Art Center, furthering the goals and rigor of the organization. SLAC increases the number of original exhibitions, and for the first time, prints exhibition catalogues.

1962

The Rental Sales Gallery program begins, allowing the community to rent and purchase artwork. The program, a common practice among art museums of the era, serves to show that art acquisition is accessible to would-be collectors.

1963

Partnering with public television through the program, “The Way of Art,” SLAC finds a wider audience to explore artistic concepts and exhibition topics.

1964

Recognizing the need for a more specialized and larger arts space, the Center begins to explore plans for a new building.

1965

The 100 Years of Utah Painting exhibition opens with the landmark catalog of the same name. Curated by James L. Haseltine, the show is lauded as “the first time a full-scale survey [has been organized] of Utah painting from the earliest pioneer days to the recent past.”

1966

The first Benefit Art Auction, a tradition that continues today, was organized by the Women’s Alliance of the Salt Lake Art Center.

1967

Salt Lake Art Center unveils a scale model of the proposed new building design on the site of the Finch Lane Gallery space. Not actualized, these efforts foreshadow the new building to come.

1968

Joseph P. Stuart is named executive director and continues to work to expand the existing building or replace it with a new one.

1969

The first annual “Discovery Arts Festival,” a predecessor to the Utah Arts Festival is held in the SLAC Courtyard, sponsored by Salt Lake Art Center Guild. Twilight Concert Series is also later launched in the SLAC Courtyard.