Photo courtsey of Utah Olympic Legacy.
This month, Salt Lake City and Park City will begin celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
While many local residents recall the grace of Sarah Hughes, the American teenager who took home the gold in the ladies’ singles figure skating competition, or take advantage of the many ski and skating venues built for the Olympics, the Kimball Arts Center will celebrate the community spirit the Olympics brought to Utah with an exhibit of official photographs and memorabilia.
The 10th Anniversary of Salt Lake 2002 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Retrospective exhibit will be on display at the Garage Gallery at the Kimball Art Center in Park City Feb. 1 through April 7. In addition to the official display, there will be an Olympic community wall in the lower level of the art center, where community members can share their own photographs and stories of their Olympic experiences.
“This is a unique ‘sports-meet-art’ collaboration between the Kimball Art Center, Park City Summit Arts Council and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation,” says Robin Marrouche, Executive Director of the Kimball. “We are excited that groups with such different missions can unite to celebrate one of the greatest times in Park City's history through a collection of photos and archival Olympic-themed pieces.”
For those who volunteered during the Olympics, watched from home or are new to Utah and missed out on the 2002 Olympic fever, this event provides an opportunity to observe the changes Salt Lake City underwent ten years ago and appreciate the impact the Games had on our city.
An opening reception will be held today, Feb. 1 from 5 to 7pm, with Olympic athletes signing autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Olympic Athlete Night is March 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.kimballartcenter.org.