Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Art and Archives Metadata Librarian and the Utah Museum of Art’s Collections Research Curator have facilitated deep and meaningful faculty and student engagement with University collections. Likewise, their intensive research has led to in-person and virtual exhibitions and programming, bringing the unique stories of the collections to light for those at the University of Utah and beyond. Finding new ways to collaborate, the UMFA and Marriott work together to foster object-based projects that enlarge local, regional, and global narratives and encounters with the collections.
See how the UMFA and Marriott are collaborating to expand access to their collections with the below virtual exhibitions.
Mining the West: Primary Elements is a digital exhibition that explores the technological, economic, social, and environmental aspects of mining in the American West from the nineteenth century through today. The exhibition features art from the UMFA and primary source material from the J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections, with additional perspectives and curricula material created by the students, staff, and faculty of the UofU and beyond.
This digital exhibition documents a physical exhibition of the same name that was installed in the UMFA's ACME Lab beginning in March 2020. Utah Women Working for Better Days! celebrates voting rights anniversaries in 2020, including the 150th anniversary of Utah women casting the first votes in the United States under a women's equal suffrage law.