Michelangelo once said, "A man paints with his head and not with his hands," which explains why he excelled at painting ceilings. Witness distinctive approaches with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a one-year basic membership to Salt Lake Art Center (up to a $40 value).
Salt Lake Art Center hosts contemporary art by local and international artists, events dedicated to the visual arts, and photography classes. A one-year basic membership entitles guests to amenities including invitations to monthly members-only previews and receptions, free validated parking, multiple art-center discounts, and a yes-man to validate all interpretations of artwork. Members can peruse current exhibits such as Fallen Fruit of Utah, in which artists explore fruit's symbolism and significance in contemporary life. Members-only preview events grant exclusive access to upcoming exhibits, one of which includes Doublespeak, which delves into the history of women expressing themselves artistically through double entendres and cultural codes to tackle social, gender, and political issues, such as whether baby pigeons actually exist. With a 10% discount on tuition for Salt Lake Art Center's photography classes, members can learn skills from camera-handling basics to capturing fine-print quality images.
Annual basic membership for students, educators, seniors, and artists is $25.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Since its inception in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has become a renowned haven of culture in the Salt Lake City community. The museum is a multi-year recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and its numerous accolades include Best of State in 2011 and 2012. Its four gallery spaces have hosted exhibitions by local artists, such as LeConte Stewart and Anna Campbell Bliss, as well as famous names, such as Ignacio Uriarte, Christian Jankowski, and Jennifer West.
In addition to gallery displays, the museum hosts film screenings, classes, and other activities that promote appreciation of the arts. A museum educator drives an art truck to schools along the Wasatch Front, introducing students to contemporary art and activating windshield wipers that spray paintbrush cleaner. Kids and parents can see the current artwork and create their own collaborative, hands-on projects during free Family Art Saturdays, and adults can get a crash course in art appreciation during Art Fitness Training.
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Salt Lake City, Utah 84103Get Directions