The Leonardo Named Best Gallery Or Museum In Utah By American Art Awards

Thom Bierdz
5 min readMay 13, 2018

Each year the American Art Awards board selects the 25 Best Galleries And Museums In America. reported in 2016: “The impressive AAA board chooses only one museum or gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.”

American Art Awards: “We consider thousands of the most established art venues from Alaska to Florida. This year we chose several museums and art centers with historical significance of 100+ years, some with over 100,000 annual visitors, some specializing in global acquisitions, some American treasures, others offering objects preserving their state’s legacy, and some celebrating one specific artist’s life work. We’ve also selected some of the most reputable art galleries; some which offer every style of international art, others exhibiting works from one region or one genre. A Native-American and an African-American facility are included in our Top 25, as well as a long-standing women’s design institution, a popular Boston sculptor’s co-op, and a Hollywood Warhol hot spot.”

The Leonardo won the distinction of Best Gallery Or Museum In Utah, 2018, and one of American Art Awards 25 Best American Galleries / Museums, 2018.

American Art Awards: “Utah’s tribute to Leonardo da Vinci expertly conveys his talents as artist, engineer, scientist, architect, musician and humanitarian. This reality-meets- fantasy world embodies the spirit of perhaps the most admired Renaissance Man in history. We also admire how The Leo encourages visitors to discover their own inner genius.”


The Leonardo is a non-profit community-powered museum which opened in 2011 to fuse science, technology and art in experiences that inspire creativity and innovation in people of all ages and backgrounds.

Once home to the Salt Lake City Public Library, The Leonardo’s downtown location has served the people of the Wasatch Front for nearly 50 years. The Leo carries on the legacy of community learning and invites all to become a part of their unique community powered museum experience.

Location: 209 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Phone: 801.531.9800 annually awards 25 museums and galleries in Spring, and with their critique in Autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).




Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.