The UMFA is temporarily closed for remodeling and will reopen August 26, 2017.
Click here for ongoing programs.

Home | Join | e-newsletter | Give | Press | Contact

Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art



Splendid Heritage:
Perspectives on American Indian Art


February 10, 2009 - March 1, 2010


The UMFA is honored to curate and premiere this extraordinary exhibition of American Indian art from the John and Marva Warnock Collection. Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art will present 149 objects of unique artistry and powerful cultural expression from the Native people of the Plains, Plateau and Northeast.


Museums traditionally interpret this type of material by emphasizing either the cultural context or fine arts context. Splendid Heritage, however, has been curated to examine the objects from both perspectives – the intersection of culture and art – to uncover a richer narrative about the material and enhance the viewer's understanding.


To accomplish this goal, the UMFA enlisted the assistance of Emma Hanson, senior curator of the Plains Indian Museum, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, to write about the objects from a cultural perspective. Bernadette Brown, curator of African, Oceanic and New World art at the UMFA will examine the objects from an artistic perspective.


Families will enjoy the exhibition with interactive lift panels containing questions and answers written for a younger audience, along with hands-on stations and a make-and-take table for children. A free family guide and specially designed Splendid Heritage family backpack is also available to visitors.


In addition, the exhibition will contain an interactive kiosk with curatorial highlights from the collection and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of Splendid Heritage. Podcast interviews with the exhibition curators may be downloaded and brought to the exhibition, and beginning February 10, MP3 players will be available from the UMFA's front desk.


A variety of rich interpretive programming will complement the exhibition, including a film and lecture series and family-oriented art making activities. For a complete list of Splendid Heritage programming, please visit our events calendar or Splendid Heritage programming page.


A beautiful 250 page full-color Splendid Heritage catalogue published by the University of Utah Press is available for sale in The Museum Store.





Splendid Heritage Links


Splendid Heritage Programming

Splendid Heritage Family Activities

Splendid Heritage Collection

KUED: We Shall Remain

Splendid Heritage Audio Stops


Splendid Heritage:

Enjoy this interactive look into the objects and how they are made. Complete with interviews with Curators Emma Hansen and Bernadette Brown, this program will prepare you for your visit, or quench your thirst for knowledge.
Available in English and Spanish.
Click to Explore




Splendid Heritage
community partner:



Marcia & John Price Museum Building | 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0350 | Phone: 801-581-7332 | Site by CentralPoint - Disclaimer