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UMFA receives Warhol Foundation grant for ‘salt’ series

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts has received a big national honor — and with it a big chunk of money.

UMFA has been awarded a two-year grant, worth $80,000, from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The grant is to support UMFA’s contemporary art series, called salt (yes, in lowercase, like k.d. lang or e.e. cummings — that’s how you know it’s art).

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The grant will support salt exhibitions 11 through 14, which will be on display in the spring and fall of 2015 and 2016.

"salt at its core is a generator of new artistic work and scholarly thought, and we’re ecstatic that such a renowned and forward-thinking institution recognizes the program’s importance to artists, audiences, and scholars both locally and globally," UMFA Executive Director Gretchen Dietrich said in a statement.

The salt series began in 2010, and is now run by Whitney Tassie, UMFA’s curator of modern and contemporary art, and has a permanent gallery at the museum.

UMFA is one of 44 arts organizations nationwide to receive the Warhol grants, totalling $3.65 million.



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