The Art Barn

The Art Barn

Written by East Central Chair

Topics: The Art Barn, Treasured Neighborhood Resources

TheArt Barn is the home of the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Located in Reservoir Park, in the University Gardens Neighborhood of the ECC, the Art Barn has served as a community art center since its doors opened in the early 1930s. The building houses the Finch Lane Gallery, the Park Gallery and the offices of the City Arts Council.

The University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning Program offers classes and workshops at the Art Barn. For more information on the class schedule and registration, call 801.587.5433 or visit
The Art Barn is available to rent for meetings, workshops, lectures, nonprofit events, and for private receptions and parties on an intimate scale. For rental information, please contact the Arts Council at 801.596.5000.

Arts Council – Finch Lane / Park Galleries

The Salt Lake City Arts Council, located at the Art Barn in Reservoir Park, programs visual arts exhibits year-round in the Finch Lane and Park Galleries. Artist are invited to apply for exhibits annually. Typically, the applications are made available in January and due back to the Arts Council in March. The exhibition program is designed to give local artist an opportunity to show their current body of work. The application process includes a thorough and competitve review by the Visual Arts Committee of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, with members from the board of directors and visual artists from the community.

Preference is given to Salt Lake artists. Both one-person shows and group exhibits are considered. The quality of work, as evidenced by images of previous work submitted with the application, a range of styles and mediums, and a balanced exhibition season are among the criteria considered in the application review process.

Our quarterly newsletter highlights artists who are exhibiting their work.

Click here to see the current exhibit.

For a complete listing of exhibits for the 2012 gallery season, click here.

For a complete listing of exhibits for the 2013 gallery season, click here.

Gallery Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gallery Stroll (third Friday of every month)
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
For more information on the Gallery Stroll, a program of the Salt Lake Gallery Association, visit their web site.

What’s On Exhibit?


Artists Matt Kruback, Maureen O’Hara Ure, and Marina I. Alexandrescu exhibit their work in the Art Barn’s Finch Lane Gallery, October 5 through November 16. Click here for more information.



Artists David Baddley and Kent Wing exhibit their work in the Art Barn’s Finch Lane Gallery, August 10 through September 28. Click here for more information.

A Brief History of the Art Barn

The Art Barn was built during the Great Depression with assistance from the City of Salt Lake, the federal Works Projects Administration, private contributors and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Alta Rawlins Jensen was one of the visionaries who worked toward the building of a community arts center that was described in the Salt Lake Telegram as “A Greenwich Village for Salt Lake.” Ms. Jensen believed that despite desperate economic times, an art center could help to lift the spirit and rekindle the dreams of the community.
In March of 1931, the Salt Lake City Commission gave the Art Barn founding group permission to build in Reservoir Park. Designed by architect Taylor Woolley, a former associate of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Art Barn’s projected construction cost was $10,000. The groundbreaking took place in October, 1931, and the cornerstone was laid in December of the same year. Difficulties in raising the funds necessary to complete construction delayed the official opening until June 11, 1933. Governor Henry H. Blood and Mayor Louis Marcus addressed the crowd that filled the building and the lawn surrounding it. The Art Barn has been a significant community center for arts activities since that time.
The road that runs through Reservoir Park in front of the Art Barn, at the insistence of the founders, was named Finch Lane to honor the Commissioner of City Parks, Harry L. Finch. Commissioner Finch had been instrumental in securing the property from the City at a lease rate of $1 per year, and in obtaining the Federal funds to hire unemployed laborers for this public building project.
Now entering its eighth decade, the Art Barn has touched thousands of people, serving artists of all disciplines and those who experienced their work. Not only has the physical facility survived, with occasional renovations and additions, but it is still serving the public as its founders intended.

Karen Krieger, Executive Director

Kim Duffin, Assistant Director
Casey Jarman, Programs Director
Roni Thomas, Public Art Program Manager
Kelsey Moon, Arts Administrator
Amanda Maestas, Administrative Secretary

Esther is a Chair of the East Central Community Council.

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