UMFA December Events & News




—Mindy Wilson, 801.581.7328





While UMFA galleries remain closed for remodeling, the Museum is hosting films and artist talks in our Dumke Auditorium,and The Museum Café is open for business Monday through Friday.


On Black Friday, November 25, The Museum Store reopens


Meanwhile, many educational programs continue elsewhere on campus and in the community, including our popular Third Saturdays for Families programs, which continues at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, Art Works for Kids Auditorium, located just steps away from the UMFA on the University of Utah campus.


UMFA galleries will reopen the weekend of August 26–27, 2017.


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Day With(out) Art

Thursday, December 1

The UMFA joins thousands of other arts institutions to reflect upon the ongoing effects of AIDS on the art world and our society by covering Rex, the Deborah Butterfield sculpture on view in front of the UMFA’s Marcia and John Price Museum Building.


The sculpture is covered in recognition of Day With(out) Art, which coincides with the World Health Organization’s World AIDS Day, which began twenty-five years ago on December 1, 1989.


On that day and every December 1 since, museums and galleries have closed or removed important artworks from display to honor individual legacies, to commemorate personal loss, and to increase awareness and action to combat the worldwide AIDS epidemic. By covering this remarkable artwork, the UMFA hopes to remind people that HIV and AIDS have not gone away and that there are many things still to be done. To learn more about HIV and AIDS, including ways you can take action against the disease, visit



Holiday Market

Saturday, December 3 | 11 am–5 pm | FREE

Find the perfect gift for your family and friends at the UMFA Holiday Market. Shop for jewelry, textiles, art abstracts, Ukrainian eggs, cacao chocolate, pottery, ceramics, Utah landscapes, and fused glass-all created by local artists.


Enjoy FREE admission to the market, FREE parking, and FREE gift-wrapping.



Third Saturday for Families | Clay Pots
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 1–4 pm | FREE
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex,
Art Works for Kids Auditorium
American Indian, African, and Mexican pottery reveal many methods for working with clay. Experiment with coil, slab, and pinch pot techniques to create your own clay pot.



Creativity in Focus Film Series

Gerhard Richter: Painting

Wednesday, December 21 | 7 pm | FREE

Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, UMFA

Co-presented with the Utah Film Center.




The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located on the University of Utah campus in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at 410 Campus Center Drive. The UMFA's mission is to inspire critical dialogue and illuminate the role of art in our lives. For more information call (801) 581-7332 or visit

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