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History — 1970s


New directors help shape the museum throughout the
decade and continue to advocate for expanded space. Roger
Bailey is named director (1971-74), followed by Wayne
Gledhill (197 4-1976), and Allen S. Dodworth (1976-81).


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


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


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


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


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.