In 1976, the late Bill Kimball opened the Kimball Art Center’s doors, in a rundown building that had once served as the town’s garage and body shop. Prior to being a place for vehicles, the building was a place to park a horse. Miners would ride their horses into town and leave them at the stable while they headed into the mines on rail cars. Considering the building was located in the town’s notorious red-light district and across the street from a brothel, it’s safe to say the horses sometimes spent the night.
Mining, and all that went with it, was Park City’s first chapter. The second of course being the town’s famed ski resorts. No doubt this chapter is still very much being read — somewhat simultaneously with the third.
In what can only be described as impeccable foresight, when Bill Kimball opened the Kimball Art Center in 1976, he predicted in a letter to the editor that art might be the town’s third chapter. He wrote, “Perhaps the third phase will be that the center can provide the opportunity for each person to expand his interest in the arts. I hope so.”
For over 40 years, Kimball Art Center has brought inspiration, creation, and education to Park City locals and visitors. And it will continue to do so into the next 40 years, with the building of a new Arts and Culture district.
Working in tandem with the city and sharing its vision of a sustainable, walkable, livable, vibrant community Arts and Culture District, Kimball Art Center intends to be an anchor tenant in the space, which is slated to open in 2022.