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UMFA presents Jay Leno for special event at University of Utah in connection with
Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah is pleased to present Cars and Conversation with Jay Leno, a special ticketed event taking place at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now available for purchase at and  Cars and Conversation is presented in conjunction with the UMFA’s current exhibition, Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile, on view through September 16, 2012.

Cars and Conversation will feature Jay Leno, celebrated car aficionado and host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” as he takes the stage of Kingsbury Hall for a lively discussion with Speed exhibition curator Ken Gross. Beginning at 8 p.m., Leno and Gross will speak about everything auto, ranging from great car discovery stories to Leno’s lifelong experience with automobiles and his adventures as a pace car driver. Cars and Conversation will end with an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

Kingsbury Hall is located on the University of Utah campus at 1395 E. Presidents Circle in Salt Lake City ( Tickets for Cars and Conversation range from $19.95 to $59.95, fees not included.

Car enthusiasts and Jay Leno fans may add to their experience by purchasing a Hoods Up! bundle, which includes a ticket to a reception with Jay Leno at the UMFA at 6 p.m. on July 14, as well as a ticket to Cars and Conversation later that evening. Hoods Up! attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and join Leno and other guests informally in the galleries. Hoods Up! will reveal the “muscle” of key cars featured in the Speed exhibition as their hoods are raised to expose their powerful engines. This is the only time the UMFA will raise the hoods of cars during the run of the Speed exhibition.

The UMFA is located in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building on the University of Utah campus at 410 Campus Center Drive in Salt Lake City ( Only 200 of the Hoods Up! bundles are available, and they can be purchased for $200 each, fees not included.

For more information, please visit or call 801-585-7332.

About Jay Leno
Jay Leno is one of the country’s premier comedians and car enthusiasts. Named America’s Favorite TV Personality in the 2009 Harris Poll, Jay Leno had been America’s late night leader for almost two decades as host of the #1 rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” which earned two Emmy Awards. Prior to returning to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” in 2010, he hosted “The Jay Leno Show” on NBC, the first-ever entertainment program to be stripped across primetime on broadcast network television. Jay’s “everyman” style and personality have helped him earn millions of fans worldwide. His personal highlights include receiving a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, being the first person to drive the pace car at all major NASCAR events, and setting several land speed records. Jay is well known as an exceptional car aficionado and has garnered attention and recognition for his productions and expertise reflected on the Emmy Award-winning, a successful and world-renowned automotive website with over half a billion hits to date.

About Ken Gross
Ken Gross is a recognized automotive historian, museum consultant, and curator. Formerly the director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Gross has served as a Pebble Beach Judge for over 23 years, and consults for numerous museums including the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and LeMay: America’s Car Museum. Gross has been an automotive journalist for over 40 years, writing for AutoWeek, Motor Trend Classic, The Rodder’s Journal, Popular Mechanics, Road & Track and many other publications. He was most recently curator of Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile, an exhibition on view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts through September 16, 2012.

About the UMFA
As Utah’s official state art museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) has long served as a bridge from the University of Utah campus to the broader community. The UMFA’s mission is to engage visitors in making meaningful connections with the world of art. The museum’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years of human creativity and features over 18,000 works from around the globe. Special exhibitions make each visit a new experience, and a variety of public programs are scheduled year-round to encourage dialogue and discovery. The UMFA is located in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at 410 Campus Center Drive. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Weekends: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Info at (801) 581-7332 or visit

About Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile
The UMFA’s special exhibition, Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile, features 19 of the world’s fastest and finest automobiles. Organized by Ken Gross, the exhibition is on view through September 16, 2012 and features a century of legends on wheels. The cars exemplify premier aerodynamics, engineering, and design of their era, ranging from Steve McQueen’s 1957 Jaguar XK-SS Roadster to the 1938 “Mormon Meteor III”-the famous Bonneville racer that holds more long distance speed records than any other automobile in history. Tickets are sold in time slots, and are $18 for adults, $13 for youth (ages 14-17) and seniors (ages 65+), $3 for children (ages 3-13), and free for infants (0-2). General admission included. Information available at

Photo: 1938 “Mormon Meteor III (MMIII), Courtesy of Price Museum of Speed, Salt Lake City, Utah
(c)2008 Peter Harholdt

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