Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Students walk into the J Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, with a contribution from Katherine W. Dumke, will transform a courtyard into a two-level sculpture garden and study patio.

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, with a contribution from Katherine W. Dumke, will provide students with a bit of nature in the library.

Imagined as an outdoor space for study and exhibition of student and faculty artwork, the transformative gift from Dumke will allow the library to transform a courtyard into a two-level sculpture garden and study patio, located near the Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts & Architecture Library. The space will also accommodate receptions and lectures.

Construction will begin in May 2015 and is scheduled for completion in fall 2015.

The new venue will provide opportunities for artistic experimentation and will mimic the expectations of professional exhibition environments. Students and faculty will have access to display work throughout the academic year. Community exhibitors will be able to display works during the summer months.