The Kilby Kind | News | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

The Kilby Kind 

Meet City Weekly’s Local Friend of the Arts, Phil Sherburne.

Pin It

Yeah, there are lots of arts management types who work long hours organizing productions and scraping dimes off the shoes of philanthropist millionaires. But for our Local Friend of the Arts award this year, we wanted someone more gritty and go-get-’em. Someone not afraid to get his hands dirty. A working-class person who does it just for the experience, not for his resume.

It was one year ago that Phil Sherburne opened Kilby Court Gallery on a wing, prayer and the permission of his landlord. Our humble burg was back on the underground map, hosting lesser-known rock and jazz bands on the tour circuit. A bust by the Salt Lake City Vice squad in June could have easily killed Sherburne’s risk-taking spirit. Instead, it’s made Kilby even more of a fixture. Since reopening in early August after meeting a full checklist of city requirements, the venue has already seen an art show, sound installations and a bevy of concerts take the stage. A refreshment stand, exhibit space, improved restrooms and a small canopy round out the new additions.

Sherburne still plans to keep the atmosphere keyed to clubbers of the non-club type. “We charge, but I tell people that we’d rather have you here than sitting at home wishing you had a few extra dollars,” he says. “It’s more fun when there are people here.”

Carry on Kilby, and long may Sherburne keep you alive.—Ben Fulton

Pin It

More by Ben Fulton

  • Right and Right

    After finally getting around to viewing Napoleon Dynamite at the local theater—yes, I am the spittin’ image of him, just as Music & TV Editor Bill Frost maintained during my brief absence—the only other event I’m looking forward...
    • Sep 6, 2007
  • Urban Art Guerrillas

    Borrowed Walls mix art forms in space and time. Won’t you lend them your mind?
    • Sep 6, 2007
  • Arts & Entertainment - Sad, Sad. Joy! Joy!

    • Sep 6, 2007
  • More »

Latest in News


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • "A Tailor of Skis"

    As the slopes close for the season, a crafter of custom skis prepares to make it through another summer.
    • Apr 19, 2017
  • High and Dry

    Developers, preservationists at odds over Granite High's future.
    • Apr 26, 2017

© 2018 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation