Paul Smith, Salt Lake Valley, 1938
Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection
The State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection (Utah’s state-owned art collection) began in 1899. Alice Merrill Horne was a candidate for the state legislature on a platform of support for the arts. Once she was elected to the House of Representatives, she sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and to establish a state collection of artwork. The ongoing acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Art Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.
The collection continues to grow annually by purchases and donations and provides impressive documentation of the history of Utah art. The collection is on display at the Governor’s Mansion, the Glendinning Home, the Rio Grande Depot, the State Capitol building, the Scott Matheson Courthouse, and other state buildings. Selections from the collection are also included in the Traveling Exhibition Program.
ART ACQUISITION COMMITTEE
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums visual arts staff works with a community-based Art Acquisition Committee to review and recommend Utah artists for placement in the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. This appointed and volunteer committee offers their considerable knowledge and expertise in advising the division and its boards for terms of up to four years. The committee members are:
John T. Neilson
Katie Lee Koven
Utah Division of Arts & Museums Director Victoria Bourns
We welcome public suggestions for additions or donations to the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection for review by the Art Acquisition Committee. The nomination form is available here.