Utah Museum of Fine Arts


The site for the Marcia and John Price Museum Building is located at the southern end of the campus mall, creating a strong physical terminus to an important vista. In response to the language of the campus architecture (primarily built in the 1960s), the building comprises strong rectangular volumes that step up around a centrally located grand gallery. Five distinct volumes rest atop a concrete plinth, each distinguished by differing brick patterns to present the building as a procession not only in height, but also in color from dark to light. Two window types punctuate these volumes: horizontal recessed windows and projected windows. The composition of the museum is further orchestrated by a stair that starts from the campus mall outside and leads the visitor through the museum entry, into the grand gallery, and finally to a grand stair that connects with the upper levels of gallery space. The stair terminates with a sculpture window oriented toward Mt. Olympus.