Conference Highlights: Tours

ARLIS/NA 2019 is offering a fantastic array of tours for you to experience while in Salt Lake City. We designed our tours to capture a wide variety of interests and provide you with unique opportunities you would never otherwise experience.  Whether you want to get a glimpse of Utah outside the Salt Lake area or prefer an intimate view of the urban environs of the conference, we’ve got you covered. Tours require pre-registration so make sure to reserve your spot!

Volunteers are needed to help wrangle the tours (no experience necessary!), sign up today and get on the fast track to expanding your personal and professional network!

For those interested in getting out of the city and seeing more of our beautiful state, consider these options:

BYU Special Collections and Museum Tour

Visit Provo, Utah, 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, for an insider’s look at Brigham Young University’s museum and library collections paired with an elegant lunch provided by the University. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see and handle some of the library’s most prominent art collections by Mormon artists, with expert guidance by Trevor Alvord, 21st Century Mormonism and Western Americana Curator.

Following the library tour, attendees will walk to the adjacent Museum of Art, where Head of Education Janalee Emmer will introduce the museum collections and encourage attendees to explore the new exhibitions.

The Arts and History of Ogden

Ogden is a sleepy town just north of Salt Lake City, known for its historical importance to rail service in the West. However, much has changed over the years and Ogden’s burgeoning arts and culture scene is worth the visit. This tour will take you from downtown art galleries to the Eccles Community Art Center, and finishes with a curator-guided trip through Weber State University Stewart Library’s Special Collections.

Ogden Water Tower (image courtesy Paul Ramsey)

An Afternoon in Park City

Want a cheap ride to Park City and an afternoon to explore our quaint mountain town on your own? Here’s your chance! Park City is home to creatives of all types, including an abundance of talented visual artists, in a beautiful mountain setting. Wander the historic and cozy Main Street galleries on this self-guided tour and and get to know the creative side of the city. Enjoy the abundance of local shops and grab a bite to eat in one of the charming restaurants peppered between gallery stops.

For those interested in Salt Lake City’s architecture and urban planning, consider these:

Salt Lake City Architecture Tour

Join Professor Shundana Yusaf on a tour of notable buildings and sites in the Salt Lake Valley. We chose sites that would be particularly difficult to gain access to and/or travel to as a visitor to the city. Stops will include St. Joseph the Worker church, the offices of FFKR Architects, Temple Square, and the McCune Mansion. Professor Yusaf has studied the architecture of Utah for several years, and will be happy to provide context for other notable buildings while in transit.

Salt Lake City County Building

SLC Urban Ecology Walking Tour

Get some exercise and learn more about the fabric of our city from the leading expert! Professor Stephen Goldsmith will lead a walking tour of downtown Salt Lake in the style of Jane Jacobs. The tour focus will be on the history and development of downtown Salt Lake, restorative urbanism, and the concept of Urban Planning with a focus on ecosystems rather than real estate. Dr. Goldsmith is an urban ecologist, artist, planner, and craftsman in Salt Lake City. This tour will require the ability to walk approximately 2 miles through Salt Lake.

For more information about these and other tour offerings, please visit the online Program Schedule.