We offer classes in all of the latest digital photographic techniques, Photoshop and image editing. We also continue to provide classes in traditional black & white photography, darkroom techniques and alternate photographic processes. We have darkroom rental time available for the public during our regularly scheduled open labs, at a nominal cost. Come by and join in the fun!
We offer classes in many techniques, traditions and . You can learn traditional black & white photography, including darkroom work, or sign up for one of our digital classes. We offer special workshops throughout the year as well — come in and check out the current opportunities!
The Salt Lake Art Center Photography Department darkroom is open to the general public as well as being available to our students. For those not currently registered in a class, open lab times are available for a nominal fee.
Our traditional darkroom
consists of equipment and chemistry to process and print black and white films and papers. There are 13 35mm enlargers and 3 4x5 enlargers with a mix of color heads, cold light heads, and condenser heads.
There are archival film washers, film dryers, and print dryers.
We also have photo paper easels, lenses, negative carriers, grain magnifiers, cc filters. Anyone using the facility needs to provide their own paper.
Use of the lab is free to students and $8.00 per hour to guests. Hours of availability are posted on the lab door as well as this website, and are typically every Monday 5:30 to 10:00 pm, and every Saturday 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Open labs are staffed by knowledgeable volunteers.
Our digital side
consists of 9 iMac computers running OSX and Photoshop CS2, 7 inkjet printers and 1 flatbed/slide scanner plus a 4x5 film scanner.
Lockers can be rented at $2 per month (or $20 per year) to hold personal items (eg you can leave some paper or other personal darkroom aids at the lab). See lab attendant for more information.
Students of the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College may be able to receive credit for classes taken at the Salt Lake Art Center. Students should contact their admissions office for enrollment information. Tuition is determined by and is paid to the learning institution; lab fees must be paid to the Salt Lake Art Center and are due by the first class session.
For more information, please call the Salt Lake Art Center at 801.328.4201
The Salt Lake Art Center was founded in 1931 as a private, non-profit institution to champion contemporary visual arts in Utah. The Art Center was originally located in The Art Barn, near the University of Utah, where the first classroom and education program was offered to the public.
Over the years, the Art Center School has maintained its commitment to provide quality art instruction for adults through an outstanding curriculum in Ceramics and Photography for all skill levels. In addition to regular classes, special workshops covering various topics in both Ceramics and Photography are frequently offered. Regular classes run approximately 16 weeks, coinciding with the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College semesters.