- Brett Clark
    former student

December 16- January 31, 2017: VAI Exhibit at Schorr Gallery

Come see the awesome portrait exhibit by VAI students to be held at the Schorr Gallery at West Jordan City Hall. The portraits will be in multiple media by our teen and adult students. Don't miss the opening reception (there will be refreshments).

Opening Reception

Schorr Gallery at West Jordan City Hall

December 16, 2016

7:00 - 8:30 PM

December 2-28, 2016

SLAC's Production of "Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly"

We are pleased to once again be partnering with the Salt Lake Acting Company by having our students contribute art pieces to their musical production of "The Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly".  As you learn about life from the perspective of our smallest friends, come enjoy an adventure perfect for the whole family!

December 2-28, 2016
​Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North
SLC, UT 84103

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November 5, 2016  - Impulse

Yet another fantastic collaboration with Mundi Project in which participants created fantastic art in response to beautiful music. 

June 23-26, 2016  - Utah Arts Festival

We'll be running the PB&J booth this year again. This will be a great event with tons of booths, cool art, delicious food, and fun music. If you want to help us run our annual booth, please let contact us and let us know. We'll see you there!

June 11, 2016- Heart & Soul Music Stroll 

VAI is participating in this fantastic free event. There, we will be plein air painting, and providing face-painting for the public. 34 Utah bands will be performing, and different booths and food trucks will be there, so stop on by and see us! 

May 13, 2016 - "Impulse"

A collaboration with the Mundi Project, some of VAI's students and teachers participated in this live art event. Music students from the Mundi Project performed pieces while our artists response to the music. It was a great event.

February - March, 2016

Redesigning VAI's Window Display

Addie Vawdrey, VAI alumni and current teacher, has taken on the immense task of redesigning our front window display to make it more eye-catching. With students and volunteers to help, VAI will be looking much sharper just in time for our annual fundraiser on March 5th.

December 4-23, 2015​​

​Salt Lake Acting Company's Production of "Art Dog"

We are pleased to once again be partnering with the Salt Lake Acting Company by having our students contribute art pieces to their whimsical production of "Art Dog".  Based off the children's book by Thatcher Hurd, this play is perfect for families. Come see what happens when Leonardo Dog Vinci's "Mona Woofa" gets dognapped and Art Dog is suspected of the theft! 

December 4-23, 2015

​Salt Lake Acting Company

168 West 500 North

SLC, UT 84103

June 25 - 28, 2015 
Utah Arts Festival
Come see us at the Peanut Butter and Jelly Booth.  All proceeds directly benefit VAI. 

May 19, 2015. 6:00 - 8:00

Ethan Allen partners with VAI
5% of all sales to be donated to VAI!

RSVP:  info@saltlakecity.ethanallen.com

​March 7, 2015
VAI's Annual Fundraising Event "Art Goes Live"

We spent the evening of March 7, 2015 observing professional artists, including Rick Graham, create original works of art "alla prima", while we mingled with friends and enjoyed Executive Chef Carl Rubadue's savory appetizers and sweet desserts. Completed art work were available for sale. There was music, a silent auction, live art, drinks, food, and fun. All proceeds went towards supporting the Visual Art Institute's operating expenses. Your support was greatly appreciated and is a vital part of our continued success.

December 2014- January 2015
Major Renovations of VAI's Building

VAI remodeled half of the building that we recently expanded to. This gave our school more space, which allowed us to expand our class catalog and also offer gallery space.

December 5-27, 2014

Salt Lake Acting Company's Production of 'A Year with Frog and Toad' 

December 5-27, 2014

Salt Lake Acting Company

168 West 500 North

Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1762

November 14, 2014

Mundi Project Concert

September 15-October 10, 2014
The Michael Berry Gallery Presents Visual Art Institute's

Opening reception September 19 from 6-9 pm

Michael Berry Gallery

163 East 300 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84102

June 26-29, 2014 
Utah Arts Festival/Peanut Butter and Jelly Booth


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May 3, 2014
VAI's Annual Fundraising Event "Art Goes Live"

Spring 2014
Eastmont Middle School, stage production, "Suessical" 

Spring 2014

West Jordan High School, stage production

Fall and Winter 2013 Events

-  SLAC's "Cat in the Hat" production, student exhibition (December 2013)

-  SLC Public library, student exhibition (September 2013)

-  Sugar House Street Car Celebration, student murals (December 2013)

-  Michael Barry Art Gallery, Summer 2013 Figure Academy Exhibition (September 2013)

-  The Mundi Project, Neighborhood House (November 2013)

"I learned a great deal from VAI: about life, about how to be responsible, about dedication, determination, inspiration, about so many great artists, and about different mediums."


During any given time of the year, VAI staff and students are reaching out to our local communities.  We volunteer time and lend art to various public venues.   Recent activities include:


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