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History — 1990s


Free noon lecture series, ART-LUNCH, begins.

SLAC Joins with Utah AIDS Foundation for a ”Day Without
Art” and opens the exhibition, A Test of Love: AIDS in Utah, in
response to the global epidemic.

Establishing a new mission under her tenure, Allison South
describes contemporary art as ”that which responds to the
conditions and concerns of modern life, and which discovers
and defines new forms.” The goal of the SLAC is to ”be an
institution which encourages artists to experiment.”


”Issues in Art” becomes part of the Art Center Newsletter, allowing
independent critics to review visual art exhibitions
throughout the Wasatch Front.


Under the direction of a new director, Sam Gappmayer, major outdoor renovation
to the façade of the building take place including a new ADA
ramp, revolving doors, and the addition of the glass pyramid.

The new mission statement declares: ”An art community will
neither progress nor develop if left to respond only to itself.”


The words ”to embrace the underserved” are added to the
mission statement to better communicate inclusivity as a core
value of the organization. Such efforts of inclusion manifest in
exhibitions and programming, with art functioning as a nexus of
gathering and communities.

Ric Collier takes over as director from 1996-2007, leading the organization for nearly a