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Q. Where is the museum located?
The Museum's address is 126 East, 400 South in Springville. The Museum is located 60 minutes south of Salt Lake City International Airport. From I-15 southbound, take exit 260 East. Continue on 400 South for 2 miles. Parking is available in the parking lot directly east of the building.
 
Q. What are the museum's operating hours?
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 to 5:00, Wednesdays 10:00 to 9:00, and Sundays 3:00 to 6:00. EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2014 - The museum will be open only on the 3rd Sunday of each month for the Sunday Concert Series. During the summer months of June through August the museum will be closed every Sunday.
 
Q. If I want to rent the Museum for a special event, what do I do?
Please contact SMA Events Coordinator, Gina Woolf, for information on rates, available areas and other pertinent information at (801) 489-2727.
 
Q. At what age can children visit the Museum without adult supervision?
Children over the age of 15 may visit the Museum without adult supervision.
 
Q. What is the Hafen-Dallin Guild?
The Hafen-Dallin Guild is the volunteer organization of the Springville Museum of Art. All volunteers are part of this organization. The Guild Leadership supports the volunteer program through trainings, recruitment brunches, etc. They plan and implement annual fundraisers for Museum needs.
 
Q. Was this building used as a public school before it became a Museum?
The building was originally built as an art museum yet was part of Springville High School. It is no longer owned by the school district, but there is still a strong partnership between the school district and the Museum.
 
Q. Is there an admission charge?
The museum is free to the public.
 
Q. How can I find out about the Museum's exhibits, education programs, etc.?
Please check our website, facebook, online community calendars, sign up for email updates, or talk with Museum volunteers or staff.
 
Q. How is the Museum funded?
A variety of partnerships fund the Springville Museum of Art - volunteer and in-kind service, grants, donations, memberships, and the City of Springville are a few of the entities responsible.
 
Q. What was this building before it was an art museum? How old is it?
From its completion in 1937 it has always been an art museum. The Springville High School was located east of the Museum where the parking lot exists now (razed in the 1970s). The high school's theater, music and art classes were offered periodically in the building. Please refer to the History section on the website or read the 2004 Dedication brochure for a more detailed account

 
Q. Who designed the structure and in what style?
Claude Ashworth was the architect. The museum is designed in the Spanish Colonial Style.
 
Q. Who funded the building? Who owns it now?
The building was originally funded & built by WPA (Works Progress Administration), Nebo School District, City of Springville and the LDS Church. The City of Springville now owns and maintains the building.
 
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Q. How did the Museum collection start?
For a detailed account, please refer to the history in the New Wing Dedication Booklet located at reception desks. A very basic answer is: The collection started with a donation of "Mountain Stream" by John Hafen and "Paul Revere" by Cyrus Dallin in 1903, and the graduating senior class from Springville High School donated a work every year thereafter through fund-raising efforts.
 
Q. Where do you keep artwork not on display?
We have secure storage vaults. Approximately 15% of Springville Museum of Art's Permanent Collection is on display at one time.

 
Q. Where does the Museum get its artwork?
Gifts, purchases and trades.

 
Q. How does an artist display artwork at the Museum?
An artist may enter an annual juried exhibition, and their art work may be juried in or out of the show. Following are the Museum's annual juried exhibitions:
The Spring Salon (April), The Quilt Show (July), The Spiritual and Religious Exhibit (October), The Christmas Lamb (youth, November), The All-State High School Exhibit (juniors/seniors, February). As an artist, if you're interested in receiving information about juried shows, visit our website, or leave your contact information with museum staff to
receive call-for-entry forms for juried exhibitions.
 
Q. How do I get my own exhibition at the Museum?
Exhibitions are sometimes scheduled for artists who have had their work accepted into two Spring Salon exhibitions over the past decades. If you fit this criterion, please contact a member of our curatorial staff to discuss the possibility of an exhibition. Please be aware that our exhibition schedule is set years in advance, and we receive numerous requests for exhibitions, and only a relative few dates per year are available for exhibitions of our best Utah artists.
 
Q. Why was my artwork not accepted into the Spring Salon?
The Spring Salon is an increasingly competitive exhibition, and from year to year the jurors vary. When you come to pick up your work, ask at the front desk if a member of the curatorial staff is available to speak with you about your work. They may have some helpful insights.
 
Q. Is any of the art work in the Museum for sale?
In our temporary exhibitions, it is the decision of the participating artist whether to sell their art. In the event that an artwork is for sale, there will usually be some indicator on the text label next to the artwork. "NFS" stands for Not For Sale, which means the artist has chosen to not sell their work. Our permanent collection is not for sale; however, you may buy a giclee print of most of the works you will see on display in our permanent collection.
 
Q. Why does the Museum have a collection of Russian Art?
We collect and exhibit 20th Century Russian Art because of its historical significance, high quality, and its compelling figurative and issue-based themes. These works contrast well with the landscape and decorative themes prevalent in the Utah school. We believe the Russian art possesses valuable lessons beneficial for Utah artists. This powerful art teaches about the power of the human figure in telling the drama of civilization and the common nature of mankind. This art was available and affordable at the time the Museum began collecting Russian Art, thus former Museum Director Dr. Vern Swanson seized the opportunity to strengthen the Museum's collection with the inclusion of Russian art.
 
Q. Do you have any French Impressionists?
No. However, the Museum does have fine examples of American Impressionism from our Utah and American collections, and we also have major holdings in Soviet Impressionist painting.
 
Q. How do I obtain a print of a painting?
High-quality reproductions, known as giclee's from our permanent collection are available at very reasonable prices through our partnership with Artworks Worldwide, a local company. Please contact them regarding pricing and availability (artworksworldwide.com /801-785-1123).
 
Q. Why can't I touch the art?
We want future generations to enjoy and learn from the art. Many of the works are fragile, and a small touch could cause the works to crack or peel. The oils in our hands can also cause damage.
 
Q. I want to see a specific painting at the Museum, how do I know if it is on display?
Contact a member of the Museum's Curatorial staff.

 
Q. How far should viewers stand from art work?
An arms length away from the art work, or roughly 3 feet.
 
Q. To whom do I direct questions about art work or artists?
The Curatorial Staff can answer questions regarding artists, exhibitions and the permanent collection.
 
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Q. What is SWAP?
StateWide Art Partnership. It is a collaboration between the Museum, Utah State Office of Education, State Legislature, and Utah school districts to establish the visual arts as an integral part of the curriculum in Utah schools. This is accomplished through the following programs: Evening for Educators, Art Talks, and educational materials made available to teachers, students and the public.

 
Q. Why is the StateWide Art Partnership based at the Springville Museum of Art?
The StateWide Art Partnership began as a grass roots campaign in the Nebo School District. Many of the early educators who were involved in the early days of SWAP worked at the Museum. Although the Museum is the hub of SWAP, there are many other organizations involved in SWAP's programs.
 
Q. When are the Evenings for Educators?
Evenings for Educators are held on average once a month during the academic year. To see the dates and locations of upcoming Evenings for Educators, check online or call the Museum.
 
Q. Are there ever any education events scheduled for outside the Wasatch Front?
The Art Talks program travels all over the state, at no cost to the school. You may request Art Talks at your school online or call the Museum. The Evenings for Educators are scheduled most frequently within the Wasatch Range, but we are happy to support events in more remote regions of the state. If you are interested in organizing and hosting an Evening for Educators in your area, contact the Museum.
 
Q. How can I get credit for Evenings for Educators?
Teachers may earn recertification points by attending an Evening for Educators. If a teacher attends five Evenings for Educators in one year and complete the requirements of a field test and return the five Evening for Educator certificates and their field test (along with any necessary materials, ie. Rubrics, examples of student work), the Museum will grant them ONE USOE credit which may (if your district allows) be used for lane changes. That credit is also the equivalent of 18 recertification points.
 
Q. What is "Art Talks?"
Art Talks is an educational outreach program in which art educators travel to Utah schools presenting original artwork and teaching students and teachers. Students participate in gallery and studio experiences while educators learn how to integrate artistic resources into their curriculum.

 
Q. How do I schedule Art Talks to come to my school?
Contact a member of the Museum education staff. They can help you schedule Art Talks for your school and answer any questions you have about the program.
 
Q. After I schedule Art Talks for my school, how do I make the schedule for the day?
If you have already scheduled Art Talks to come to your school, speak to the Museum education staff. They can email you a sample copy of a schedule.
 
Q. How do I schedule a tour?
You may schedule a tour by calling the Museum at (801)489-2727. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. We cannot accommodate groups larger than 60 on docent-led tours.
 
Q. Does the Museum offer any art classes for children or adults?
The Museum hosts Community and Family Night on the first Monday of every month, at which an art project for children is provided. There are also hands-on workshops at the Evenings for Educators. The Museum also offers Summer art classes for children.
 
Q. How do I find out what posters are available for my school?
Speak to your librarian or media center supervisor about what posters your school already owns. The Museum has all education posters available at a reduced rate for educators - $5. Although the posters have been broken up into Elementary, Middle, and High School sets, you may purchase any of the posters available. To find out what posters are available, check online or contact the Museum's Education Department .
 
October 26, 2014
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