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U arts, museums and COVID-19

Performances, screenings, exhibitions, events and shows will not take place for the remainder of the semester.

A message from the College of Fine Arts

In concert with President Ruth Watkins’ announcement about changes to academic and performance schedules at the University of Utah, the College of Fine Arts' performances, screenings, exhibitions, events and shows for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester will not take place (graduations and convocations are yet to be determined). Students, please connect with your home department/school to learn about next steps. Ticketholders, please check with the box/ticket office for more information.

While our top priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we recognize the unique challenges presented by online learning in many of our disciplines. However, perhaps no group is better suited to creatively problem solve, and especially when our commitment to our mission is as strong as ever.

You may have many questions, and we want to help address them. We recommend you start at the University of Utah COVID-19 Central @theU and to reach out directly to your instructors for specific information about your courses.

Theaters at the U

Performances at Pioneer Theatre Company and Kingsbury Hall are canceled through the remainder of spring semester. Contact the relevant ticket office to inquire about rescheduled performances.


Museums at the U

The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) are closed to the public through March 27.  As that date approaches, we will reassess whether the closure should continue. NHMU and UMFA are both committed to doing all that is possible to support teaching and learning, including during this period of public closure. Faculty are encouraged to reach out to the museums’ staff to discuss possible accommodations for students virtually and/or possibly in person.

For the NHMU, please contact the NHMU’s school programs department by calling the museum’s main number at 801-581-6927.

For the UMFA, please contact Jorge Rojas at or Ashley Farmer at

Finally, both museums maintain a database of objects that are viewable online, as well as rich online content, blogs, curricula and other online resources that can be used for academic purposes.