Art and Architecture | BYU Studies

Art and Architecture

Letters of Minerva Teichert

Editor Laurie T. Eastwood,
Minerva Teichert was an avid letter writer. She carried on a vigorous correspondence, especially with her daughter, Laurie, who kept the letters her mother sent to her. Laurie Teichert Eastwood has edited and introduced these letters, published in an attractive 244-page hard bound volume produced by BYU Studies. The letters contain the artist's thoughts on her mural projects, dealings with agents... Read more

Art, Belief, Meaning: The Arts and the Restored Gospel, Volume 1

Editor Doris R. Dant, Editor Herman du Toit,
Elder M. Russell Ballard once said, "Inspired art speaks in the language of eternity, teaching things to the heart that the eyes and ears can never understand." Students and scholars at Brigham Young University discuss art in our theology in this new publication entitled Art, Belief, Meaning. The articles in this volume come from the proceedings of the 2003 Art, Belief, and Meaning symposium... Read more

Art and the Church

Art and artists in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are in a interesting position concerning their place in art history. As the Church seeks to define what role art will play in its worship, LDS artists have a responsibility to create art that will reflect the unique spirit and depth of their religious beliefs. The author asks all artists to be more original, idealistic, and... Read more

Spencer W. Kimball: A Line Drawing

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Lehi's Vision of the Tree of Life: A Cross-Cultural Perspective in Contemporary Latter-day Saint Art

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Minerva Teichert's Manti Temple Murals

In April 1947, a slight, white-haired grandmother installed herself in a Manti, Utah, motel. At fifty-nine years of age, Minerva Teichert could still keep pace with any Scandinavian farmer in Sanpete County and probably outwork many. After all, she was a rancher's wife who toiled long hours to meet the demands of garden, flocks, dairy, and family. Now for one month, all her drive would be devoted... Read more

Exterior Symbolism of the Salt Lake Temple: Reflecting the Faith That Called the Place into Being

Shortly after World War II, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps wrote a book called Man's Search for Meaning . This title captures one of humanity's deepest yearnings. Temples answer some of the most important aspects of that search for Latter-day Saints; many of those answers are expressed visually on the exterior of the Salt Lake Temple. This paper represents my personal reflections on... Read more

Four LDS Perspectives on Images of Christ: Introduction

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

That's Not My Jesus: An Artist's Personal Perspective on Images of Christ

Any artist that tries to depict the Savior faces a dilemma. Everyone wants to know Christ personally yet we do not know what he looks like. After working through the issues of historical accuracy of what Christ may have looked like, Christensen decided that any artist must use a generically acceptable icon for the man to be recognizable a Christ, and thus he must have a beard and shoulder length... Read more

Images of Christ in Latter-day Saint Visual Culture, 1900–1999

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Behold the Condescension of God: A Scriptural Perspective on Three Nativity Scenes

In the midst of the Christmas season's commercialization, frenzied preparations, and parties, families worldwide set aside time to arrange a nativity scene on a mantelpiece or table. More than any other traditional Christmas object, these nativity sets bid us heed the message of Christ's birth. What the nativities specifically say differs with the endless variations played out by their creators... Read more

Setting a Standard in LDS Art: Four Illustrators of the Mid-Twentieth Century

Prints of paintings of Christ and other people from the scriptures and Church history and displayed in Latter-day Saint meetinghouses, visitors' centers, and temples throughout the world and are used in Church magazines and manuals. Many of these artworks were created in the 1950s and 1960s by American illustrators Arnold Friberg, Harry Anderson, Tom Lovell, and Ken Riley. While the religious... Read more

Reflections on the Nature of Mormon Art

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Gary Ernest Smith: Invitation to the Viewer

The rural images by Gary Ernest Smith featured on our cover reflect the artist's upbringing on a cattle ranch and farm in northeastern Oregon, an area that produces potatoes as well as cattle. After obtaining an MFA, Smith taught art at Brigham Young University from 1970–73, served as art gallery director for two years, and did commission work. He decided to leave the demands, and the security,... Read more

Intimate Scale: A Portfolio of Lithographs

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Winged Words: A Portfolio of Paintings and Drawings

Here are fourteen works by James C. Christensen, including Sisters, Benediction, La Duquesa, Annunciation, and several drawings, sketches, and handwritten notes. An introduction by Charlene R. Winters points out things to note in Sisters : one woman’s clothing indicates comfort and riches, while the other woman is clad in coarse and worn material. Their faces are identical, but are they in fact... Read more

Richard Burde: Spiritual Reflections

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

An Approach to Modernity in Art

Writing to defend modern art, the author first discusses some of the prejudiced and false assumptions made by people when they hear the word modern in connection with artistic expression. Every artistic age, whether in regard to painting or music, dance or literature, interior design or architecture, has been modern to those who experienced it, and even today's classics were often met with... Read more

To Depict Infinity: The Artwork of Wulf Barsch

Wulf Barsch studied art in Hamburg and Hanover, Germany, and is now Professor of Visual Arts at BYU. Although Barsch gives order to his painting through mathematical precision and "sacred geometry"—divine proportions, circles, squares, parabolas, and the like—his brush stroke is loose, spontaneous, and very modern. The synthesis between the ancient Greek emphasis on proportion and his modern... Read more

Building the Kingdom of God: Mormon Architecture before 1847

The first seventeen years of Mormonism—from its organization in 1830 until the entrance of the Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847—have not received the attention they deserve in studies of Mormon architecture and planning. The period produced few "church" buildings, and the two major ecclesiastical buildings constructed during the period, the Kirtland and Nauvoo temples, were... Read more

Utah Ranch, an oil painting

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

A Note on "Utah Ranch"

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Landscapes of the Mind: A Portfolio of Paintings by Wulf E. Barsch

BYU Studies presents six paintings by Wulf Barsch. His artwork includes pyramids, palms, poplars, and geometric designs. The work is described as both solemn and romantic, using symbols of the ancient and modern world. Read more

Some Notes on Art and Morality

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Ibsen on Art

In October 1859, Henrik Ibsen wrote a letter to the Norwegian Parliament. Here John B. Harris translates the letter into English. The letter explores Ibsen's ideas about the relationship of art to patriotism. Read more

A Note on "Sawing Wood"

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Sawing Wood, an etching

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

What is Humanistic About Modern Art?

Perhaps because of its radical divergence from tradition, modern art has been met with skepticism. The author explores the issues of what constitutes art and the aesthetic experience. He claims that modern art's emphasis on form over content appeals in a fundamental way to the human soul. Read more

Study of the Outcomes of College Education in Art in Selected Colleges in Twelve Western States

In order to better evaluate college art programs, the author tried to ascertain the results of art education in colleges, to discover which outcomes should take priority, to determine how well the outcomes have been accomplished, and to analyze several events in order to make future training more successful. The author identifies twenty-eight outcomes and surveys educators to discover that each... Read more

Buddhist Imagery

As with the founders of other major world religions, so far as we know, no Buddhist disciple ever sat down during the lifetime of the Teacher and produced a likeness of Siddartha Gautama, as the historical Buddha was called. Thus in proposing to discuss Buddhist imagery there is no possibility of describing, in the sense of portraiture, what he and his followers "looked like." All this, to follow... Read more

Testimony in Art: John Hafen's Illustrations for "O My Father"

When artist John Hafen was a young man, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent him to the Julian Academy in Paris so that he could improve his skills and further the kingdom by painting murals for the Church. Towards the end of his life, Hafen used the artistic skills he had developed to create eight illustrations for the famous poem "O My Father" by Eliza R. Snow. His... Read more

The Seduction of Our Gifts

BYU Modern Dance and Music Theatre professor Pat Debenham discusses his observation that artists can be drawn away from a gospel-oriented life by the very artistic gifts that God has endowed them with. Artists properly view their talents as gifts from God, but improperly focusing on those gifts can lead to vulnerability of one's relationship with the gospel. Artists seek for a personal, unique... Read more

Food For Flowers, a charcoal drawing

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Troilus and Cressida, an oil painting

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

A Note on "Food for Flowers"

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

A Note on "Troilus and Cressida"

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Minerva Teichert: Scriptorian and Artist

Minerva Teichert felt that her Book of Mormon paintings were her most important work. By the time she painted them, she had reared five children, pitched hay, broken horses, raised chickens, homesteaded by herself, and all the while had painted in her living room and recited Book of Mormon scriptures on almost any given occasion. Read more

The Demands of Aesthetics Upon Religious Art

Art has the ability to communicate sacredness that few other methods of expression can duplicate. The author asserts that without art, religion would be inarticulate and that it is natural that many of the world's greatest works of art are religious. However, religious themes don't always translate into good art, and good art isn't always religious. Art and religion should not be confused, but... Read more

Behind the Arabesque: Understanding Islamic Art and Architecture

The deep, spiritual impact that Islam has had on its adherents over the centuries has manifested itself in unique forms of Islamic art and architecture whose ultimate goals include the worship of Allah through the beauty of form and decoration and the lifting of the human soul from the profane to celestial realms. At time, the assumptions and canons of Islamic art and architecture may seem... Read more

Quiet Acts of Religious Devotion: The Art of Judith Mehr

There is currently no description for this title. One will be added shortly. Read more

Pages