The Race to Promontory

One hundred and fifty years ago at Promontory Summit, Utah, the final spike was driven, the transcontinental railroad was complete and the nation was transformed.

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West,” opening Friday at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), brings to campus an extraordinary account of one of the greatest achievements of the 19th century through powerful images that still resonate a century and a half after their making. The exhibition also reunites—for the first time in Utah—the famous golden Nevada and Arizona spikes that were present at the “Meeting of the Rails” on May 10, 1869.

The exhibition, organized by Joslyn Art Museum and the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, is a cultural centerpiece of Spike 150, the state’s yearlong celebration of the anniversary.

“We’re delighted to share this remarkable exhibition with our campus audiences, which connects them with this important shared history in ways that only visual art can,” said Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA executive director. “Students, staff and faculty can explore the aesthetic considerations and challenges faced by 19th-century photographers and experience this historic moment from a variety of critical perspectives.”

The transcontinental railroad connected east and west, triggering dramatic economic, technological and cultural changes, from how fast people could travel across the country to what we eat and how we tell time. Fittingly, this transformative event was captured by the equally groundbreaking medium of photography, which not only documented the work but also captured the moment of the railroad’s completion and distributed it around the world. It was the first major news event carried “live.” Telegraph wires were attached to one of the ceremonial spikes, and as it was gently tapped with a silver maul, the “strokes” were heard across the country.

“The Race to Promontory” features more than 150 rare photographs and stereographs by Andrew Joseph Russell (1830-1902) and Alfred A. Hart (1816-1908), drawn exclusively from the Union Pacific Historical Collection at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, the world’s largest collection of original photographs documenting the construction of the railroad between 1866-1869. The UMFA exhibition also includes 31 works by 19th-century Utah photographer Charles Savage, who composed scenes of the railroad and local landscapes to boost tourism and settlement. Savage’s photographs are on loan from J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections.

These 19th-century photographers focused primarily on the engineering triumphs of the railroad, the vast resources available for an expanding nation and the region’s pictorial beauty. Interpretive materials and interactive space in the exhibition help visitors explore photography through a critical lens.

To encourage audiences to consider the railroad from a broader set of perspectives, the UMFA is hosting a series of educational programs featuring renowned historians, thinkers, and community members—including Stanford University professor Gordon Chang and Princeton University professor Martha Sandweiss, as well as U professors Paisley Rekdal, Matthew Basso and Gregory Smoak. These programs highlight historically overlooked narratives: Those of Chinese and Irish immigrants who made up the workforce, members of The Church of Latter-day Saints who worked alongside them and Native Americans, whose lives were forever changed as new migration spurred by the railroad hastened the end of the Indian Wars and the beginning of the reservation era.

Leslie Anderson, UMFA curator of European, American and regional art, said, “’The Race to Promontory’ explores how two important American photographers framed the construction of the transcontinental railroad for their audiences. Through a wide-angle lens, the exhibition’s programming will examine many narratives only alluded to in the works of Hart and Russell.”

For a complete schedule of programs, please visit

U students, faculty and students are admitted free to the UMFA. To schedule a class tour, please contact campus engagement coordinator Iris Moulton at

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West” is on view at the UMFA through May 26. “The Race to Promontory” is traveling to three stops along the route of the transcontinental railroad: It opened in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Joslyn in fall 2018 and will travel to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, after its UMFA run.

Generous support for the exhibition was provided by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Zions Bank, the Hal R. and Naoma J. Tate Foundation, Union Pacific, the state of Utah, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts and Spike 150.

Hart Chinese Camp
Alfred A. Hart (American, 1816–1908), Chinese Camp, at End of Track, 1868, albumen stereograph, courtesy Union Pacific Railroad Museum.
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Against all odds

Two new works on view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) reveal the vision and tell the fascinating story of a trailblazing nineteenth-century American artist.

Henry Rocher (American, b. 1824, active 1860s–1880s), Edmonia Lewis, ca. 1870, albumen silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907), born to an African American and Ojibwa mother and an Afro-Haitian father, was the first professional African American and American Indian sculptor to garner international recognition. In a period of pervasive racism, she developed a strategy for success by selecting subjects relevant to her heritage and following strict aesthetic conventions in their representation. “Hiawatha” and “Minnehaha” (1868), companion marble sculptures purchased by the UMFA earlier this year, exemplify her approach. Both objects are on view now in the museum’s award-winning exhibition “American and Regional Art: Mythmaking and Truth-Telling,” drawn largely from the permanent collection.

“Hiawatha” and “Minnehaha” are Lewis’s depictions of characters from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha” (1855). The poem was an immediate success that provided a fictional pre-history of Euro-American settlement. Longfellow’s tale is one of assimilation and acculturation, in which the Ojibwa (also called Chippewa) protagonist Hiawatha ultimately converts to Christianity with the arrival of Catholic missionaries. This narrative, which reinforced misguided notions of the “vanishing American Indian,” aligned with the 19th-century national myth of “Manifest Destiny,” the belief that westward settlement was the divinely ordained mission of Protestant Americans of northwestern European descent.

Lewis’s creation of these intimately scaled and reasonably priced sculptures speaks to both her clever construction of identity and the problematic presumptions of patrons at the time. Contemporary depictions of American Indian men and women more closely resembled those of western European models, and Lewis met her patrons’ expectations in this regard. Nevertheless, her experiences as an artist of American Indian ancestry were portrayed in the press as having informed her interpretation of the poem, a characterization Lewis herself may have encouraged, according to scholar Kirsten Pai Buick.

Edmonia Lewis (American, 1844–1907), Hiawatha and Minnehaha, 1868, marble, purchased with funds from the AHE/CI Trust, the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation, and the C. Comstock Clayton Fund, UMFA2018.2.1-2.

Lewis’s decision to become a sculptor, an artistic discipline dominated by men, was not without its challenges. Lewis created “Hiawatha” and “Minnehaha” works in Rome, where she had traveled in 1865 to join a group of expatriate American women sculptors who sought access to marble deposits, skilled carvers and a hospitable atmosphere. Moreover, the “Eternal City’s” abundance of Ancient Roman, Renaissance and Baroque statuary stimulated their creativity. “I was practically driven to Rome, in order to obtain the opportunities for art culture, and to find a social atmosphere where I was not constantly reminded of my color,” Lewis told The New York Times in 1878. “The land of liberty had no room for a colored sculptor.” Lewis’s life and career were recently featured in The New York Times’ “Overlooked” series of unreported obituaries of important historical figures.

Lewis’s work, held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is rarely available for purchase, and the acquisition of these sculptures is a boon to the UMFA’s collection. Their display is part of the museum’s ongoing effort to feature the work of more underrepresented artists throughout permanent and temporary exhibitions, including not only the American and regional galleries but also the modern and contemporary galleries, which are currently devoted exclusively to the work of female artists.

U faculty, staff and students are admitted free to the UMFA with valid UCard, thanks in part to support from Arts Pass. Click here to plan your visit.

The Arts and U

UMFA Patio Party: Four Reasons to Visit Now (and Often)

By Sydney Inks, communications coordinator, UMFA

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah is the state’s destination museum for global visual arts, welcoming art and culture lovers of every age and background. For U students, staff and faculty members, this community-focused, thought-provoking gem is right at your fingertips—just steps away from your office, classroom or dorm. And it’s free for U (thanks, Arts Pass). But free admission for U faculty, staff and students isn’t the only reason to visit. Here’s why you should come now (and throughout the semester):

  1. We’re throwing a Patio Party.

This week the museum is hosting a Welcome Week Patio Party to introduce ourselves to newcomers and catch up with old friends. Come by for free iced coffee, cookies and other giveaways plus games, music from K-UTE Student Radio and more. Stop by anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Aug. 20-23.

  1. UMFA events can inspire you and feed your own creativity.

In the midst of class prep and long nights at the library, taking a break to let your creative juices flow is never a bad idea. From art making to yoga and mindfulness, from live music to films, the UMFA is the perfect place to unwind, engage your senses and connect with campus and community. Want the latest info on upcoming events? Visit the online event calendar and sign up here to receive our twice-monthly e-newsletter.

  1. There’s always something new to see.

If you’re thinking “I’ve already been there,” think again. UMFA’s collection includes nearly 20,000 works of art from around the world, spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. New work regularly rotates from the museum’s collection into the galleries, and the museum hosts exciting temporary exhibitions every year. This fall, three exhibitions of contemporary art will be on view, including “Site Lines: Recent Work by University of Utah Art Faculty,” “salt 14: Yang Yongliang” and “ACME Lab: MIRROR | MASK.” World art that’s free for U? Don’t miss it.

  1. It’s the perfect spot to meet friends or enjoy a personal afternoon getaway.

Feel like grabbing lunch and catching up with friends? The Museum Café has great sandwiches, salads and specialty coffee drinks plus a nice big patio. Need a space to clear your mind, ponder your future or hit the books? UMFA has reading nooks (Trailhead, Basecamp and Lookout) where you can get cozy and learn more about the art on view. Sketching in the galleries is welcomed, too. The galleries are also a nice place to get to know that special someone, maybe when the UMFA is open late on Wednesday nights.


By Jana Cunningham, communications specialist, University Marketing & Communications

The J. Willard Marriott Library and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah have been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will provide partial funding for a four-year collaborative project that will establish the U as a global resource hub for artists and scholars studying the West and create access to the U’s remarkable collections, resources and knowledge.

The project entitled “Landscape, Land Art, and the American West: A Joint Research and Engagement Initiative of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the J. Willard Marriott Library,” will transform how the library and museum work together. As leaders in the region for scholarly research, exhibition design and collections care, the library and museum curate extensive – but  separate – holdings related to environmental and cultural histories of the Intermountain West. Through this new initiative, these collections will be linked in ways that enable students, faculty and researchers to systematically mine content for innovative learning and teaching.

“We are delighted that the Mellon Foundation recognizes the tremendous opportunity this collaboration represents and the capability of the library and museum to deliver and lead transformative change,” said Ruth Watkins, university senior vice president for academic affairs.

The award is the largest Mellon Foundation grant the U has ever received and the only Mellon grant the U has been awarded in the arts and humanities. The half-million-dollar grant will be matched by $200,000 from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and additional support from across campus, including from the colleges of Fine Arts, Health, Humanities and Mines and Earth Sciences.

“The project will increase the visibility and value of these overlapping collections, focus our contributions toward the academic goals of the university, energize faculty and support students to excel as informed and engaged citizens,” said Alberta Comer, dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library and university librarian.

UMFA executive director Gretchen Dietrich says the initiative “will transform how these two institutions work together in ways that are significant not only for campus but for thinkers and creators worldwide.”

Together the library and museum will develop shared technology to promote the discovery and use of both collections and create initiatives to support faculty and student research. They will also appoint two joint positions to research the collections and increase communication, collaboration and the use of these key resources.

The collections research curator position and the art and archive metadata librarian position are posted on the University of Utah website at

This one-time grant is intended to support structural change that will sustain the UMFA and Marriott Library collaboration beyond the grant period, which runs from Jan. 1, 2018, through 2021.

The grant, one of seven awarded this year, is the result of a competitive national solicitation run jointly by the Scholarly Communications and Arts and Cultural Heritage programs of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Among other criteria, the grant was selected for its potential to develop a new model for academic museum and library collaboration.

The UMFA is the fine arts museum for both the state and the university. It is the only institution in Utah that acquires, interprets and exhibits a comprehensive fine art collection from ancient to global contemporary objects. Its mission is to inspire critical dialogue and illuminate the role of art in people’s lives.

The Marriott Library, the flagship academic library for the Utah State System of Higher Education, is the largest state-funded academic library in the six-state region of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. As the primary service hub and destination for students, it is integral to the teaching, research and public life missions of the university. Its mission is to inspire the creation, discovery and use of knowledge for Utah and the world.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.

*Image credit, Albert Bierstadt, Untitled (Wasatch Mountains), ca. 1863, oil painting, on loan from Mrs. Frank G. Wangeman, UMFAL2007.48.1

The Arts and U

Shop Museum Store Sunday AND Annual Holiday Market at the UMFA

Get inspired for holiday gift-giving this year with two special events hosted by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ popular Museum Store.

On Sunday, Nov. 26, be part of the first-ever Museum Store Sunday, a new international campaign that celebrates the special shopping opportunities available at museum stores and other nonprofit cultural attractions. The first 50 customers to spend $50 will receive a free Museum Store Sunday tote bag. UMFA members receive a 15 percent discount.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, browse locally made and one-of-a-kind gifts from 18 local artists during the Annual Holiday Market, which includes jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, paintings, prints, artisanal edibles and more. Enjoy live music, free gift wrapping and free admission to the permanent collection galleries.

Why shop The Museum Store? Items are thoughtfully selected, often inspired by the artworks on view and celebrate the power of visual art to improve our lives. Purchases help support the museum and its cultural outreach to campus and the larger community.

The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and open late until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. (The store will be closed Friday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Dec. 1.) Museum Store gift cards are available.


By Marina Gomberg, associate director of communications and marketing for the College of Fine Arts

On Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the arts at the University of Utah are taking over the Marriott Library Plaza. We’re talking about a massive stage, live performances, interactive art, free food, free T-shirts, free swag and all the info you could ever want on the different ways to experience the arts on campus.

Before we go any further. You know about Arts Pass, right? That you can use your UCard to get free or discounted tickets to literally hundreds of arts experiences every year? Dance performances, concerts, plays, exhibitions, film screenings and more — and it even includes access to the newly reimagined and reopened Utah Museum of Fine Arts, as well as UtahPresents and Pioneer Theatre Company.

We’re thrilled to host all five academic units in the College of Fine Arts. They’ll be there to let you know what non-major classes you can take to supplement your education, how to major in the arts and what experiences they’re providing throughout the year for all U students, faculty and staff. Plus, we’ll have all three professional arts organizations (UMFA, UtahPresents and Pioneer Theatre Company) there along with our friends from ArtsForce, the Marriott Library’s Creative & Innovation Services and our presenting sponsors from the A. Ray Olpin Student Union.

We’re excited to welcome to the main stage (although not necessarily in this order):

  • The Department of Theatre’s musical theatre program will perform numbers from their season opener “Steel Pier” and the Musical Theatre Ensemble will also grace the stage for some high-energy musical goodness.
  • Artists Reconnecting Together is a student group affiliated with the U’s School of Dance that seeks to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations between current students and alumni. They’ll perform excerpts from several works, some set to the jazz tunes of Kris Johnson, professor in the School of Music.
  • Speaking of which, the University of Utah Jazz Nonet led by Johnson is also set to perform. The tunes these cool cats (our words, not theirs) play are not to be missed!
  • School of Dance student Jalen Williams will change out of his dance gear and into some street clothes donning his stage name, Jaywill, for an incredible live rap performance.
  • The School of Dance will also present a stunning ballet performance, a modern dance performance called “Vividly Kinetic I” and an Arts Bash favorite, the modern dance improv jam.
  • The School of Music’s Infrared is a small vocal ensemble that will also be on stage belting out the best of pop a cappella.

More and more research is showing the positive impacts of the arts on education. The findings are significant, exposure to the arts is linked with better critical thinking skills, greater social tolerance, a greater likelihood of seeking out art and culture in the future and better workforce opportunities.

Maybe that’s why we’ve issued more than 100,000 Arts Pass tickets over the years.

So, come. Experience. Enjoy. And start thinking differently.


By Mindy Wilson, UMFA marketing and communications director

The usually picture-perfect galleries of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts look more like artist’s studios these days, with preparations in full swing for the museum’s late August reopening.

Conservator Robyn Haynie assesses “Seer Bonnet” (2010) by Angela Ellsworth before installing it in the museum’s modern and contemporary gallery. The object, one of three such bonnets that will be on view, is made of 17,214 pearl corsage pins, fabric and steel.

Metal carts and gurneys sit piled with tools and gallon paint cans, empty cases and mounts await objects and some walls display little more than new paint colors and picture hangers —evidence of the most comprehensive reinstallation of the UMFA’s permanent collection since the Marcia and John Price Museum Building opened in 2001. The only steady visitors are purple-gloved collections staff, curators and the security guards who’ve been protecting the UMFA’s nearly 20,000 objects through fifteen months of building upgrades and remodeling.

By the last weekend in August, this work in progress will be ready for campus and community visitors to enjoy once again. The UMFA will host a two-day reopening party during Welcome Week on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27, the first weekend after fall classes begin.

“We’re excited to welcome everyone back,” says Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA executive director. “The changes we’re making in how visitors engage with the art and the museum’s unique spaces will make the UMFA more relevant than ever in the lives of our campus and community audiences.”

Nearly half the objects in the galleries will be new on view, including a giant 17th-century French tapestry, objects from the museum’s African collection and recent acquisitions of regional, modern and contemporary art. Thanks to months of research and re-envisioning, most of the galleries have been reorganized along fresh storylines to give viewers new, more engaging ways to experience and interpret the objects.

While much of the reopening weekend will focus on the new permanent exhibitions, two temporary shows will also open. “HERE, HERE” by Las Hermanas Iglesias will debut in the UMFA’s new ACME Lab, a flexible space for creative exploration and exhibitions housed in the museum’s Emma Eccles Jones Education Center. Contemporary artist Spencer Finch’s site-specific installation in the Great Hall will also be completed in time for reopening.

The Museum Café and Museum Store are already open to the public, along with the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, where the museum hosts artist talks, films and campus events. The UMFA has been closed since mid-January 2016 while contractors replaced the building’s vapor barrier, essential for the efficient maintenance of appropriate humidity levels.


By Mindy Wilson, public relations and marketing director, Utah Museum of Fine Arts

The university’s fine arts museum reopens two key spaces this fall, moving one step closer to reopening the entire Marcia and John Price Museum Building to the public next year.

This month UMFA, closed since mid-January for remodeling, is again hosting films, artist talks and campus events in the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium. The newly remodeled museum cafe is also expected to reopen mid-October.


The updated museum cafe, expected to reopen mid-month, features expanded window seating for dine-alone customers—and plenty of electrical outlets.

“Our auditorium and cafe are active hubs for learning and conversation on campus, so we’re thrilled the building project has progressed this far and we can share these spaces with the community again,” said executive director Gretchen Dietrich. “Best of all, it means that our grand reopening is in sight.”

UMFA galleries will reopen to the public the first weekend of fall semester 2017, Aug. 26–27.

Since UMFA paused its exhibition program eight months ago, contractors have been installing a state-of-the-art vapor barrier that will extend the lifespan of the building, which protects the nearly 20,000 art objects UMFA stewards for the university and the people of Utah. Meanwhile, UMFA staff members have been busy behind and beyond the museum’s doors—and the community has noticed.

In Salt Lake Magazine’s July/August 2016 Best of the Beehive issue, the UMFA was named Best Museum without Walls, thanks to its packed calendar of monthly lectures, community art projects and school outreach programs that engaged thousands of adults and students statewide.

Meanwhile, collections staff members have been busy conserving objects and preparing for reinstallation while protecting the museum’s collection during the ongoing construction. Curators are finalizing new visions—including fresh storylines, layouts and lists of objects—for most permanent collection galleries, including new dedicated spaces for African and Asian art.


On Thursday at 7 p.m., Mexican artist Guillermo Galindo will perform original compositions on musical instruments he’s created from objects found at the U.S.-Mexico border. Angel Exterminador (wall gong), 2015, discarded old border.

“We’ve been working as hard as ever—keeping the art safe, bringing great art experiences to people in and around the state, and re-envisioning how best to serve our diverse audiences when we reopen,” added Dietrich.

This month’s events in UMFA’s Dumke Auditorium:

  • Experimental composer Guillermo Galindo will present his work on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. as part of the ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment series
  • Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Trevor Paglen will give a talk on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. as part of the ARTLandish series
  • On Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. the 2016 documentary “The Silence of Mark Rothko” will be presented as part of the UMFA’s re-launch of the Creativity in Focus film series with the Utah Film Center.



By Sara Best, student contributor, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

For her entire life, U student Madelyn Stafford was told she didn’t need to participate in art the way other students did. Despite her desire to do so, teachers in Stafford’s life weren’t sure how to approach a student who was legally blind. It wasn’t until she came to the U to study special education that she saw new opportunities.

Stafford was first introduced to the Touch Tour at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) when a class project required her to write about her observations in the museum. She set up an appointment to go on the tour and immediately recognized some improvements could be made.

“It was evident the tour had been created by someone who could see,” Stafford said. “The Braille was wrong and the audio recordings just explained the history of the art, but it didn’t describe the art. I wanted to know what I was standing in front of and what it looked like visually.”

Stafford has teamed up with the UMFA as an intern where, for months, she has been working to make the website, museum, audio for tours and braille accessible for the visually impaired. Stafford has also been teaching Beverly Taylor Sorenson workshops to teachers to help them learn how to accommodate students with visual impairments in their classrooms.

“The reason I want to do this is because I was always so far behind,” Stafford said. “The world is not meant for someone that is blind or visually impaired. I’ve noticed the lack of accommodations and it’s not okay. My goal is to educate as many people as I can.”

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Highlighted Events

Monday, April 25, 2016 | 12-1:30 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-B), College of Social Work

Margaret Peggy Battin
Peggy Battin has a unique story. As a nationally-recognized expert of bioethics, she has addressed the ethics of end of life care from an analytic and fictional perspective. She also has a deeply moving personal perspective of living through an unexpected tragedy.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquiries to Linda Mendenhall:

Monday, April 25, 2016 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Dumke Recital Hall

New Music Ensemble
Lisa Chaufty

The New Music Ensemble presents an evening of intellectually stimulating chamber works that inspire and challenge audiences.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Chamber choir
General admissions: $12.50;
Arts Pass event: Free to U students with UCard
Other students: $6.50
Faculty, staff and seniors: $6.50

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Project Youth
Project Youth has been an annual spring event for over 20 years. On the reading day before finals, approximately 1000 sixth graders from Title I schools will come to the University of Utah to experience college life. Volunteers will act as “mentors for a day” by sharing their personal college experiences and taking a group of students on campus tours. Over 12 different University departments will be giving classroom presentations that will excite the sixth graders about college. The sixth graders will also attend a motivational program given by student and community leaders.

Sign up to be a volunteer here.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 4-7 p.m.
EAE West – Building 72, former Law Library

EAE Fest
Join us for the 2016 EAE FEST featuring the most recent games from the No. 1 game development program in the world.

There will be games, art and animation, experimental gameplay, machinima and much much more.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Bill and Pat Child Family Community Hall

On April 28 top faculty from the Eccles School of Business and some of Utah’s most influential women will present a day of research-driven content and engaging dialogue. Academic sessions will be combined with thoughtful panel discussions and a powerful keynote address by current Women’s Leadership Initiative President and former Utah Sen. Pat Jones. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to energize your career and network with inspirational women who are making a difference and shaping the Utah business landscape.

The cost is $149/person and includes materials, breakfast, lunch, breaks, parking and networking tools. Limited corporate sponsorship opportunities still available.

Register now:

To learn more visit or contact us at 801-587-7273 or

Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thatcher Seminar Room | 4630 TBBC

The Mapp research group uses the tools of synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology to better understand how genes are regulated. Projects in the group range from the development of new synthetic methods for preparing complex, optically active structures to manipulating genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) in order to identify key protein-protein interactions in gene activation. Our group is multidisciplinary with students from the Medicinal Chemistry Program, Program in Chemical Biology and the Department of Chemistry.

Much of our research focuses upon developing a molecular-level picture of inducible gene expression in eukaryotes using organic molecules as mechanistic probes. Regulated gene expression is critical for cellular existence, and a number of human diseases such as cancer and diabetes have been linked to aberrant patterns of gene expression.

Thursday, April 28-April 30, 2016

Language and Communications Building

The 20th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will take place at The University of Utah.

Please register here.

Friday, April 29, 2016 | 10 a.m.
Flagpole on President’s Circle

On Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. a group of students will present a tree tour developed as the capstone project in their Environmental & Sustainability Studies course. The team of students, Lexi Kaili, Carlie Teague, Trissta Hepting and John Israelsen, evaluated and updated the original signs implemented by the State Arborteum. The students then collaborated with individuals from Facilities Management GIS and Landscape teams to create an digital educational tool accessed by scanning QR codes on the updated plaques.

The tree tour is also accessible through the campus map. To join the Tree Tour, gather at the flagpole on President’s Circle.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 1-4 p.m.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Photographs of the Young Benfactors trip to the Sun Tunnels with Nancy Holt, October 2012

Photographs of the Young Benfactors trip to the Sun Tunnels with Nancy Holt, October 2012

Explore Utah’s remote west desert and artist Nancy Holt’s monumental earthwork at a free Sun Tunnels Community Meet-up Saturday, April 30, 1-4 p.m. Hosted by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), this unique event includes art-making and educational activities, a curator talk, and live music by cellist Tessa Seymour. Meet at the site.

Visit for details and important travel tips.

Friday, May 20, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
The Tower at Rice-Eccles

Savory Salt Lake
KUER is celebrating its fifth anniversary of Savory Salt Lake by merging the national world of public radio with local Utah foods. NPR’s Kelly McEvers will join Doug Fabrizio and Vanessa Chang as celebrity judges of the event, creating a celebration of public radio and culinary arts packed into one eventful night.

McEvers is the co-host of “All Things Considered,” NPR’s award-winning afternoon news radio program, which can be heard on KUER weekdays from 3-6:30 p.m. She also just launched the new NPR podcast, Embedded, which digs deep into the stories behind the news. In its first-ever episode, McEvers went inside a drug house at the center of an HIV outbreak in Austin, Indiana to talk to Opana addicts.

This year’s Savory Salt Lake will take place on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at The Tower at Rice-Eccles, and will feature up to 18 local vendors providing savory and sweet small bites. Guests vote for their favorite items to determine People’s Choice winners in addition to the Celebrity Judge winners chosen by Kelly McEvers, Vanessa Chang and Doug Fabrizio. All proceeds from the event support the programming on KUER 90.1.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Point- Huntsman Cancer Institute

Join the University of Utah Faculty Club for its annual business meeting and dinner on Saturday, May 7, at The Point Restaurant on the sixth floor of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., while dinner and the meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is free for members and a guest. However, reservations are required. Contact Anna Naylor,, by Friday, April 29, to reserve a spot.

All faculty are invited to join the Faculty Club for just $5 per month. Members have access to monthly socials, discounted hotel rooms at the Marriott University Park, discounted theatre and museum tickets with group gatherings before or after, free basketball and volleyball tickets with pregame pizza parties, the family holiday party, access to the Faculty Club cabin and more. Visit for more information.

Session I: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11 (Register by May 9)
Session II: July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6 (Register by July 2)
Eccles Student Life CenterSwim Lessons Summer '16 Box$45 per five-week session

Whether you are just a beginner or looking to improve your form, we have instructors that can help you reach your goals. Campus Recreation Services offers swimming lessons to the university community. These lessons cater to adult nonswimmers and beginners, although we can also assist intermediate swimmers with their swimming techniques. (YOU MUST BE A VALID MEMBER OF THE STUDENT LIFE CENTER TO SIGN UP).

Please check out our membership page before signing up. Non-students or non-members will be withdrawn from the course.

The cost is $45.00 per five-week session. Please call 801-581-8513 for more information.

Thursday, May 19-Sunday, May 22, 2016
Near Bonanza, UT
MANDATORY pre-trip meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 5 p.m.
Outdoor Adventures, Eccles Student Life Center

OA SU16 White River Canoe Trip attheu
Utah is known for its glorious and amazing whitewater, but there are numerous rivers that have minimal whitewater. This is a perfect flat water river trip for canoes that can reach class I rapids. This will be during prime snowmelt run off with great spring time temperatures. There are small time frames in the year to run this river so don’t miss out. The views, hikes, food and community will surely make this a great trip for you and your friends.

Trips are only open to University of Utah students, faculty and staff (including their guests).

Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register.

Equipment provided: All group equipment, dry bags, tents, food, transportation and leadership.

Equipment available for rent: Headlamp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, down jacket and pants.

Notes: Participants must be able to swim. No experience is necessary for this trip.