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art in sight_February 2015

UMFA docent and volunteer newsletter | Updates / News




This month the Smithsonian's exhibition "Our America": The Latino Presence in American Art is opening at the UMFA. This exhibition presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture. This exhibition is incredibly important to our museum and the community we serve. Our visitors who have scheduled tours should have access to the important works and discussions that are part of this exhibition. To better serve our visitors the EE Staff has planned and arranged a docent training for this exhibition. For this training we will cover the main ideas and themes of the exhibition and take part in a gallery walk through and sample tours. It is vital that all weekday docents attend this training as there will be several tours scheduled specifically to see this exhibition during its time here at the UMFA. Because of the importance of this training docents will gain 2 CECs for attending. The training will take place on February 5 and 6 from 9:30-11:00 am. Docents should plan on attending one of the two days of training. It is important that each docent attend this training. Please set time aside to do so. We look forward to seeing you either on February 5 or 6 from 9:30-11 am.



The UMFA Security Staff would like to remind all docents and volunteers that they should only be parking in designated parking areas. There are three places available for docent and volunteer parking, in lot 10 on the west side of the UMFA building, in lot 40 which is situated on the corner of Guardsman's Way and 500 South (just west of the VA hospital), and finally in lot 15 which is located in the parking garage just east of the LDS Institute building on South Campus Drive. If you would like a map of these parking areas please stop by Katie's desk to pick one up.  Remember docents, volunteers, and museum staff should never park in or sign-in for a UMFA visitor's spot. Should any of the three lots mentioned above be full the pay lots are the next best option. Let's work together to make sure our museum guests have first access to visitor parking stalls!



Help us find one of our docent yearbooks! We are missing the large binder yearbook from 2012-2013. If anyone has any information on where it might be or if you have it please contact Katie at 801.581.3580 or


IMAGE CREDITS | ABOVE: Joseph Rodíiguez, Carlos, from the series Spanish Harlem, 1987, chromogenic print. Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist. © 1987, Joseph Rodríguez. RIGHT: Gaspard Dughet, called Gaspard Poussin, Paysage anime (Landscape with Figures), c. 1635-1675, oil on canvas. Purchased with funds from the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation for the Marriner S. Eccles Collection of Masterworks. | Third Saturday participant. UMFA photo. 


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I am pleased to announce the results from this year's voting on the Docent Conservation Fund's conservation project. The work selected through your votes is Gaspard Dughet's Landscape! This work was proposed by curator Luke Kelly. Through your gifts and involvement new life will be breathed in to this magnificent painting! Thank you for making these proposals a reality and for your help in caring for and preserving the UMFA's collection!



Join us February 21 from 12:30-4:30 pm as we help visitors explore the art of the [con]text exhibition through creating their own visual and written art using old book pages as their inspiration. If you can be there to help us please contact Katie at

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