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The BYU Museum of Art Holds an Important Place in Provo Culture
The museum on BYU’s campus is a bastion of history, art, and culture for the city of Provo and for art itself. At the BYU Museum of Art, heart and mind come together in the pursuit of knowledge, values, self-affirmation, and spiritual understanding. Nurture your soul with their wonderful exhibits. Immerse yourself in the deeper inquiry that the museum proffers. Because of its strong commitment to excellence and integrity, you’ll leave with a greater appreciation for others and their ideas.
And, that’s the goal.
Since the museum’s inauguration, the curators strive to bring high-quality, insightful exhibits for the viewing public and BYU students. As a university museum, the BYU Museum of Art exists first and foremost to provide the school with subject matter available for research and study. In addition to this, the museum seeks to make the connection to broader community audiences. It does this through its exhibitions and educational programming opportunities.
Inside the Museum
The design of the museum was commissioned to Los Angeles architect, James Langenheim. To create a museum that housed some of the most meaningful art, the building itself needed to be a work of art. This commitment to form inspired the enlistment of the former directors of lighting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, LeMar Terry and Stuart Silver. With their expertise, the museum architecture became a constant change of size, direction, form, and light. The articulated triangular shape of the museum is designed to be a work of art. As a result, it offers the best lighting in which to view the art.
In addition to its architectural and artistic prowess, the expansive BYU Museum of Art houses 10 exhibition galleries, an auditorium, classrooms, a print study room, a small theater, gift shop, and administrative offices. It also has cutting-edge fabrication, registration, imaging, and storage areas all for research and study purposes.
During the Year
The BYU Museum of Art plays host to a number of school events, special exhibitions, speakers, musicians, and more. Most notable is famous activist and Civil Rights Movement icon, Ruby Bridges, who came to lecture students and the public alike. The museum seeks to feature artists who break the mold of norms and traditional culture. Gabriel Dawe is one of those. His Plexus no. 29 is on display as soon as you walk in the door. His artwork explores the concept of light as a language of symbolism. Using colored filament, Dawe has created a huge masterpiece of light worthy of your visit.
While admission is free to the public, there are events through the year that require a ticket. The BYU Museum of Art hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Just Minutes Away from the Best Place to Stay
The BYU Museum of Art is only minutes away from the best place to stay in Provo, Hines Mansion. We offer the most luxurious rooms and amenities in our historic bed and breakfast. Whether you’re here on business, for a romantic getaway, or a family vacation, we are eager to accommodate your every need. So, contact us today to book! Need more ideas for what to do during your stay? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Just download our free Vacation Guide for all the best things to do in the area.