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Utah Museum of Fine Arts Receives Grant for New Building Wing


The Utah Museum of Fine Arts has announced in May, 2000 a generous grant of $2 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation to fund a new wing for the Marcia and John Price Museum Building, housing the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. (left: Artist's rendering of Marcia and John Price Museum Building, housing the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah)

The University has announced that the new wing will be named in honor of the late Dolores Doré Eccles, wife of the late George S. Eccles, and E. Frank Sanguinetti, founder and current Director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Mrs. Eccles and Mr. Sanguinetti were close friends and confidants for more than 20 years until Mrs. Eccles' passing in 1994. They shared a common love and interest of the visual arts and Mrs. Eccles made many gifts to the UMFA during her lifetime. Upon hearing the news of the Eccles Foundation grant, Sanguinetti had the following to say about "Lolie", as Mrs. Eccles was endearingly referred to by family and friends, "I am deeply touched and honored that our friendship will be recognized in this very special way. Lolie Eccles was one of Utah's great ladies, always courteous, intelligent and considerate. She will forever be remembered as a generous supporter of the arts in Utah."

The wing will include eight exhibition galleries that will be used for displaying decorative arts, especially Chinese decorative arts in which Lolie was very much interested. "Lolie would be thrilled to know that she has helped realize Frank's dream of a new Utah Museum of Fine Arts for the University faculty, student body and entire community," said Spence Eccles, President of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. "Lolie and Frank had a very special friendship that spanned several decades and it is most appropriate that the wing should be named in honor of them."

In addition to the new galleries, a large area will be dedicated to research studies and curatorial offices. The total area of the new wing will be 10,000 square feet, which will bring the new Museum's total size to 74,000 square feet. The construction phase for the new Eccles wing began in late-November of 1999 and has a scheduled completion date of October 2000. The new Museum will open to the general public in late spring 2001. (left: Construction continues in May, 2000 on the new UMFA, Photo courtesy of Fred Wright)

The interim period will be required for the reinstallation of the permanent collection. The 74,000-square-foot museum will be twice the size of the current art museum. The design/build team of Layton Construction Company Inc., Machado and Silvetti Associates (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and Prescott Muir Architects (Salt Lake City) have been working on the Price building and will continue to work on the new addition.

The Eccles family has deep roots in Utah and a long established history of charitable giving throughout the state. The Eccles Foundation was established in 1982 by George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles, life-long Utahns who actively supported countless causes and charities. They created the foundation to continue their support in perpetuity to benefit the people of the state they loved.

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