Museum of Utah Art & History

Posted - Jun. 21, 2004 at 10:37 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Utah has a rich heritage. From the Mormon pioneers and Native Americans to the 2002 Winter Olympics and national parks, Utah has distinguished itself as a state with a unique history. Unfortunately, for many Utahns, other aspects about the state's history are unknown.

The Museum of Utah Art & History, a new museum opening this year in downtown Salt Lake City, will tell many of the stories associated with this great state. The museum will feature paintings, sculptures, historical objects and artifacts that will document life in Utah from the days of '47 to our present day.

Many artists have found their creative juices in Utah, and the museum hopes to celebrate the work of local artists by providing a place for them to display their art. Not only will the work be on display at the museum's Main Street location, but the museum will also support traveling exhibits throughout the state.

On this Friday, June 25th, a fundraiser gala will be held at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Gala attendees can preview the museum with drinks, dinner and discussion. The guest of honor at the event is actress Diane Keaton, winner of an Academy Award and two Golden Globe awards. Known for her role in "Annie Hall," Diane is the only actress to have received an Academy Award Nomination in every decade of her career. She is also known for her affinity for fine art and has been instrumental in restoring and preserving historical architecture.

I believe our cities are defined by cultural amenities, and museums like this create the perfect blend of culture and history. The museum is an important part of the downtown revitalization effort, and it's not too late to show your support by attending the gala. I'll be the master of ceremonies at the event; so if you attend, I'll see you there.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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