The UMFA offers a variety of lectures on traveling exhibitions, the permanent collection or visting artists. Please contact the education department for more information 801.581.3580.
Conversation on Creativity with Doug Fabrizio and Jeffrey Hein
Friday, March 14 | 6 pm | FREE | Arrive early as seating is limited
Join UMFA, KUER, Williams Fine Art, and F. Weixler Co. for a live portrait demonstration and interview with Utah artist Jeffrey Hein and KUER’s Doug Fabrizio. Renowned for his thoughtful, journalistic style, KUER's Doug Fabrizio has interviewed global leaders from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama. You're invited to participate in Fabrizio's interview with Utah portrait artist Jeffrey Hein about the creative process and the world of art. During the interview, Hein will paint Fabrizio's portrait, displayed on the big screen so that the entire audience can watch art emerge from sketch to brush stroke to human likeness. Guests are invited to come and go from the theater during the interview to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and conversation with fellow
art lovers and the creatively curious.
Jeffrey Hein is a widely-collected renaissance-style artist whose work has been reviewed in American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Arts and Antiques. As a staff member of the prestigious National Portrait Society of America, Hein is an articulate advocate for the creative process. His own studio school, Hein Academy of Art, is a practicing artists’ favorite, serving many amateur and professional artists in our community.
Lunchtime Series | Discussant TBD
Thursday, March 20 | 12:30 pm | FREE
Join us in the galleries for a conversation centering on our exhibition Exploring Sustainability.
Kelly Kivland | Gallery Talk and Spiral Jetty film screening
Thursday, March 20 | 5 pm | FREE
Kelly Kivland, assistant curator at Dia Art Foundation, will speak about the work of Robert Smithson, one of the most important American artists of the last century and creator of Spiral Jetty (1970), a masterpiece of late twentieth-century art and an acclaimed Utah landmark. Kivland's talk is occasioned by the UMFA's installation of Smithson's Leaning Mirror (1969), on temporary loan from the Dia Foundation, and will be followed by a screening of Smithson's Spiral Jetty film. The event is free and open to the public.
Artist Talk: Kate Gilmore
Thursday, March 27 | 5 pm | FREE
In November 2013 the UMFA's Friends of Contemporary Art (FoCA) voted to acquire Kate Gilmore's video Rock, Hard, Place (2012) for the Museum's permanent collection. Now FoCA is bringing the performance and video artist to give a public artist talk in the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium. Gilmore will discuss how her work investigates female identity, artistic labor, and resistance as a way of challenging heroic myths and gendered stereotypes. Come early to see her video work on view in the second-floor Phyllis Cannon Wattis Gallery for Twentieth Century Art.
Chamber Music Series | Three Premiers
Wednesday, April 9 | 7 pm | FREE
Experience the harmonious convergence of music and art at the UMFA as students from the University of Utah School of Music gather in the galleries to perform musical masterpieces. In this concert, composers Aaron Kirschner, Nate Williams, and Natalie van Horn will premiere their work for string quartets, performed by three of the U’s ensembles: Styx (the Graduate Quartet), Dead Men (Mt. Olympus Quartet), and the OC Tanner String Quartet. This event will also feature student poetry readings between pieces.
Lunchtime Series | saltfront and Environmental Humanities Grad Students
Thursday, April 17 | 12:30 pm | FREE
Join us in the galleries for a conversation centering on our exhibition Exploring Sustainability with students from the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program and members of saltfront, an arts and literary journal for a radically new type of ecological storytelling. Click for more on saltfront.