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Great Art at West Jordan Schorr Gallery

Aug 30, 2021 05:14PM ● By Linda Steele

Linda Steele l [email protected]

If you like art, then head on down to the Schorr Art Gallery located at West Jordan’s City Hall and see all of the different styles of art that are crafted from artists in Utah. 

There are contemporary, traditional and abstract paintings, photography sculptures and anything artistic will be seen at the gallery. With the inactivity of 2020, it will be a much-needed activity to get out and enjoy the local art of Utah 

“The Schorr Gallery was built as part of the original West Jordan City Hall in 1993, originally as a museum,” Digital Communication Specialist Marie Titze said. “On May 14, 1994, a year after City Hall opened, West Jordan decided to rename the museum after William H. Schorr. William (Bill) was one of the first people to start poultry farming in West Jordan.” 

Schorr was a German native who moved to Utah in 1925 at age 20. He worked hard and earned enough money and brought his family to Utah and he purchased his own farm in West Jordan. His farm was located at 3600 West (now Bangerter Highway) and 7300 South. He was active in the community and donated to organizations; he felt grateful and wanted to give back to a country that made so much possible.

The gallery is a joint effort between the West Jordan City leaders and West Jordan Cultural Arts Society members. The gallery is located on the third floor of West Jordan City Hall, (8000 South Redwood Rd.). 

Schorr hosts seven shows a year; one of the shows is the annual Spring Contest, which attracts some of the best artists in the state. To name a few events that have been featured are artist Rob Wilson, Visual Art Institute Student Portrait Show, Faces and Places, and Art Gallery Stroll at the Schorr Gallery at West Jordan City Hall and the Viridian Event Center. Schorr sponsors events on July 4 in Veteran’s Memorial Park, West Jordan’s Family Fair and Stampede Rodeo. The Intermountain Society of Artists holds its annual Fall Contest at the Schorr. 

“It is a great place where people can come and reflect on the art of many talented people.” Said Assistant to the Mayor Keenan Price. 

If you are an artist just starting out or a seasoned artist, gallery staff is happy to encourage the development of all artists and artistic appreciation. Relax and enjoy the artistic atmosphere of the gallery. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be aware there might be a city meeting going on. 

“People are welcome to come to city council meetings and look at the art before the meeting. It is a great place where people can come and reflect on the art of many talented people.” 

If people are interested in showing their art, reach out to Price or the West Jordan Cultural Arts Society.