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History — 2000s


In September, the Center adopts a new mission statement:
”The purpose of the Salt Lake Art Center is to encourage
contemporary visual artists and art which challenge and
educate public perceptions of civil, social, and aesthetic
issues affecting society.”


In honor of the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, a blownglass
exhibition of Dale Chihuly works take over the Salt Lake
Arts Center.


Looking Back: 75 Years at the Salt Lake Art Center, curated by
Ric Collier, opens, examining works by twenty-four Utah artists.

Jay Heuman joins the SLAC team as Curator of Education and
later Curator of Exhibitions.


The Art Truck is launched as the only traveling educational art
exhibitions of its kind in Utah, bringing exciting and accessible
contemporary art directly to schools and community venues
across the state, free of charge.


Present Tense: A Post 337 Project opens, guest curated by
Campbell Gray. The exhibition draws from a select number of
artists who participated in the 337 Project-a three-month
event where over 150 artists were given full creative reign of a
multi-level building, set to be demolished. The 337 Project
was conceived of, organized, and led by then SLAC board
member Adam Price and his artist wife Dessi Price.

Heather Ferrell becomes director (2008-2009) with Adam Price
following (2009-2013).


With the help of curatorial fellow Micol Hebron, the Projects
Gallery is reconfigured, and the Codec Gallery opens to
showcasing new media projects.