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5 Reasons to Visit a Museum or Art Gallery (Plus a bonus reason)

For arts students, a visit to your local museum or art gallery can be a great way to spark your imagination and get inspiration for your next project. Even if you don’t live in a major city, there are small museums and galleries everywhere that can be valuable resources. Here are just a few reasons why you should spend some of your free time visiting galleries and museums:

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  1. Make connections with local artists: Gallery openings are a lot of fun, and they tend to attract a great crowd of likeminded people. If you’re intimidated by the idea of attending a gallery opening, head to one at a small, local gallery. Take some time to start conversations with others at the opening – you’ll be talking to a fellow artist or art lover, and this can be a great way to make new friends or find someone to collaborate with on a project.
  2. Learn art history: Studying art history can be a great way to learn about new artists that can be huge inspirations and influences to your work. Bring a sketchbook to the museum and sketch in the galleries, if allowed, because sketching is a great way to learn about an artist’s work thoroughly. Museums can be overwhelming, so each time you visit focus in on one or two artworks that you find particularly inspiring.
  3. Discover a new medium: Exhibitions in both artists and galleries frequently focus on a single medium, such as printmaking, photography, or fiber arts. If there’s a new medium you’re curious to explore, spending time looking at works in that medium can be a great way to begin exploring it before you get your hands dirty. If you can, try seeing if the museum or gallery has opportunities to meet the artist, and you can ask them questions about their method and expertise in the medium.
  4. Explore new ideas: When you feel stuck in a creative rut, looking at the work of other artists can be a great way to get your creative juices flowing again. But inspiration can be found in unexpected places, too: visit a science museum to explore the way things look under a microscope, or a natural history museum to gather inspiration from the natural world.
  5. Connect with your cultural heritage: If you’re interested in establishing yourself as a local artist, it makes sense to gather inspiration from the place you live. Local history museums tell the stories of everyday people rather than well-known historical figures. They often display local folk art and handcrafts that may not be found in art museums, but can still hold a wealth of inspiration for artists.


And a bonus reason: It’s great for students on a budget.

Local galleries are almost always free to visit, and most museums offer free days or hours when you can visit without having to pay admission. Learn more about the exciting places to visit on the Salt Lake City art scene in this post