The Fourth Floor Galleries
The original design of the Capitol included four galleries on the fourth floor. This space was maintained by the Utah Arts Institute for exhibitions. The law governing the Institute was a bill referred to simply as the Art Bill of 1899. Written and sponsored by Alice Merrill Horne, the bill created a mechanism, the first in the country, for sponsoring arts education in schools. It also made provision for sponsoring artists in Utah by purchasing and exhibiting the visual arts. As part of the newly renovated Utah State Capitol, the Fourth Floor Galleries will feature rotating exhibits, some curated by the Capitol Preservation Board Curator Judith McConkie, some by visiting and collaborating museums and individuals. All exhibits will feature educator materials for pre- and post-visit (as well as classroom) activities for 4th and 7th graders whose curricula includes Utah History and Civics. This USS Utah exhibit reopens this historic exhibition program in the Capitol.
For more informaton on The USS Utah Exhibit visit the Utah State Capitol Curator's Blog and the Visitor Services Blog.