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Why was the estate donated to UVU?

Lakemount Manor was the home of Melanie Bastian who always desired for it to be a place of community gathering. To honor her legacy and love for neighbors near and far, Melanie’s four children--Rick, Darren, Jeff, and Robert--selected to donate the estate to Utah Valley University for use as a public art museum.

In conjunction with this generous gift, the family has also provided a generous contribution to the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts at the Utah Valley University main campus. The center’s black box theatre will be named the Melanie Laycock Bastian Theatre to recognize the family’s donation to honor their mother.

How will UVU use the estate?

UVU’s School of the Arts will use the estate as an art museum. The UVU Museum of Art at Lakemount will welcome neighbors and community as a public gathering space showcasing student and faculty works, as well as the work of professional artists from across the country. Following the Bastian family’s wishes to honor their mother’s legacy and love of sharing her home, the formalization of the space as an art museum will ensure community members can continue enjoying Lakemount as a gathering place.

Will the estate need to be remodeled?

The estate will undergo minor interior & exterior renovations in order to better accommodate art museum operations and ensure the space meets state and city code as the transition is made from residential to commercial usage.

How will the community be involved with the estate?

Utah Valley University and the School of the Arts will use Lakemount Manor as a public art museum. In addition to displaying curated works and exhibitions from students and artists, the art museum will provide extended arts education to the community. It will also enlist volunteers to serve as docents and in other capacities.

When will the estate be open to the public?

The art museum is projected to open its first exhibition in 2022, though this timeline remains an estimate and is subject to change.

What will be the hours of the UVU Museum of Art at Lakemount?

It is anticipated the art museum will maintain its normal operating hours of Tuesday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. It will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

What changes will be made for parking? Will all the parking for any event hosted be able to fit on property (i.e., do we expect any parking bleed into the neighborhood)?

A parking lot will be built within the gates of Lakemount in the grassy area to the east of the house. The university anticipates this will take care of the normal operations of the art museum. However, there may be a need during some events for parking near the home.

Is the property zoned for a museum?

Yes—as a state-owned educational institution, UVU properties are not subject to the same local zoning restrictions as non-state-owned real-estate. The art museum will comply with local and state regulations, including sound and light ordinances, parking, accessibility, and fire and commercial safety codes.