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

History — 1970s

1971

Throughout the decade, new directors Roger Bailey (1971-74),  Wayne Gledhill (1974-1976), and Allen S. Dodworth (1976-81) help shape the museum and continue to advocate for expanded space.

1974

Salt Lake Art Center and the Utah Symphony are selected to be part of a proposed Bicentennial Arts Complex Project to be built downtown. This building project is funded entirely by Salt Lake County and the Utah State Legislature.

1975

Wanting to reach a more diverse audience and meet the needs of the community, the Salt Lake Art Center begins offering ceramics classes for the blind.

1976

FFKR Architects and Planners are hired for the new building at 20 South West Temple and Price Construction is named the builder.

1977

Ground is broken for the new arts facility as part of Bicentennial Arts Complex Project.

1979

Salt Lake Art Center opens its doors at its new 7,500-square foot facility downtown. The “new building accommodates an art school, large exhibition gallery, retail sales operation, offices, and a small auditorium,” writes the Salt Lake Tribune. SLAC turns over the Finch Lane Building to the Salt Lake City Council for the Arts to run and manage, which it continues to do today.