Grand opening event will feature new exhibits, live music and an opportunity drawing giving the public a chance to win a new car
PARK CITY, Utah (October 24, 2015) – The Kimball Art Center today announced the grand opening of its new location just a mile from Main Street in the Bonanza Park area at 1401 Kearns Boulevard. This move is part of a planned expansion project designed to increase access to the nonprofit’s diverse and inspiring art education, exhibitions and events. This new location will serve as a temporary space for approximately three years while a new permanent art center is designed and built.
The grand opening festivities will include the Center’s annual ARToberFest, live music, refreshments and activities for children. This is a free event open to the public and will also feature tours of the new building including exhibitions, galleries and classroom studios. In addition, the grand opening weekend is the last chance for the community to enter the Kimball Art Center Opportunity Drawing, which gives them a chance to win a brand new car when they donate at least $50 to fund the arts through the Kimball Art Center.
"The arts have always been a critical component of our state’s vibrancy," said Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank, a major Kimball Art Center donor and official sponsor of the "Kimball on the Move" campaign. "Zions Bank is honored to support the Kimball Art Center and we are thrilled to see the exciting opportunities for the future growth and expansion of the Center. The Kimball Art Center plays an important role in our state’s expanding arts landscape through its diverse and inspiring exhibits, events and arts education programs."
Exhibits featured at the grand opening will include a new exhibit of prestigious prints titled Picturing the Iconic: Andy Warhol to Kara Walker, along with an outdoor exhibit, Rainworks, which will be making the move from the former Center location to the new space. This exhibit features art that only appears when wet, creating a unique water-activated experience.
Picturing the Iconic: Andy Warhol to Kara Walker will be revealed at the grand opening on October 24. This exhibit is a selection of contemporary art selected around the concept of "the iconic," features 90 works loaned from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and is co-curated by the Art Museum of Sonoma County, Calif. Mr. Schnitzer will be present at the grand opening for tours of the exhibit.
"This event is a celebration of the months of hard work that many people have put in to make this move happen. Special thanks go out to everyone that was involved, especially Gigaplex Architects and CDR Construction for their exceptional work in the design and construction of the new center," said Robin Marrouche, executive director of the Kimball Art Center. "The grand opening of the new Kimball Art Center space marks a new era of opportunity for the arts community in Park City and we’re thrilled to embark on this new adventure with the community."
Sunday, October 25 marks the official start of the Center’s new hours – open daily, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For all the details of the Kimball Art Center Grand Opening, visit kimballartcenter.org/events/grand-opening-artober-fest/.
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About the Kimball Art Center
Since 1976, the Kimball Art Center (KAC) has been the heart of Park City’s historic and vibrant arts community. The non-profit center for the arts is committed to engaging individuals of all ages in diverse and inspiring experienced through education, exhibitions and events – including the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival, Utah’s original and lonest-running visual arts festival, now in its 46th year. As the KAC’s biggest fundraiser, proceeds from the festival allow the center to provide free, year-round art exhibitions, gallery tours, monthly "Art Talks" as well as art education outreach to teachers, students and the community. For more information on the KAC and its numerous community offerings and programs, please visit www.kimballartcenter.org.
About Jordan D. Schnitzer & The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into his lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection exceeds 9,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections overall. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions and has organized nearly 90 exhibitions at more than 72 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately owned investment company based in Portland, Oregon.