Margaret Curtis: This, too. is on view in the Street Gallery through November 9, 2024

History — 2000s

2000

In September, SLAC 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.”

2002

In honor of the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s blown glass works take over the Salt Lake Arts Center.

2006

Looking Back: 75 Years at the Salt Lake Art Center, curated by Ric Collier, opens, examining works by 24 Utah artists.

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

2007

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

2008

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 executive director (2008-2009) followed by Adam Price (2009-2013).

2009

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