Back-to-school season is well underway and venues all over Utah Valley are pulling out all the stops. The BYU Museum of Art is ready with the best of them with two new exhibitions opening this September, plus the parties to celebrate them.
Minerva Teichert’s Book of Mormon paintings
Heroes and events come to life in the vivid color and signature brushworks of beloved artist Minerva Teichert in the exhibition A Visual Testimony: Minerva Teichert’s Book of Mormon Paintings. Featuring 42 large-scale paintings, the exhibition opens at the BYU MOA on Sept. 16. Dr. Janalee Emmer, curator of the exhibition, noted, “This Book of Mormon mural series was not commissioned. It was a huge project for Teichert to undertake without any interested patrons or clients, but it was a project that personally compelled her.”
Teichert, an LDS artist during the 1900s, received her art training in Chicago and New York, studying under American artist Robert Henri, who encouraged her to “paint the Mormon story.” Many of Teichert’s works are familiar to Utah audiences, but this new exhibition includes a few pieces never before seen by the public.
“This Book of Mormon mural series was not commissioned. It was a huge project for Teichert to undertake without any interested patrons or clients, but it was a project that personally compelled her.” —Dr. Janalee Emmer, curator of the exhibition
Contemporary exhibition: You say potato
Rebecca Campbell, a renowned California-based contemporary artist with Utah and Idaho roots, brings Rebecca Campbell: The Potato Eaters to the MOA for a poignant exhibition that explores themes of family, memory, grief, and nostalgia. Campbell’s work is rich and evocative, utilizing assertive brushstrokes and surprising color combinations to construct her narratives.
Dr. Kenneth Hartvigsen, curator of Rebecca Campbell: The Potato Eaters, said, “Campbell is an intelligent and thought-provoking contemporary artist who is breathing new life into subjects often ignored in contemporary art discourse, such as nostalgia and family. Her work avoids being overly sentimental but she’s not afraid to elicit an emotional response through the use of family-life narratives.”
Rebecca Campbell: The Potato Eaters opens on Sept. 30.
Free to enter, free to stay late
Two new exhibitions, but that’s not all! The MOA is also ready to party! The first Art After Dark of the new school year is Friday, Sept. 16, from 7 p.m.–10 p.m., celebrating the new semester and the exhibition opening of A Visual Testimony: Minerva Teichert’s Book of Mormon Paintings. The museum stays open an hour later and the doors are open to everyone who wants to join in the fun! For the September Art After Dark, the MOA is pulling out all the stops — live bands, free ice cream from the BYU Creamery, gallery activities and more! This event is open to everyone, and it is absolutely FREE.
Kylie Brooks, marketing manager at the MOA said, “The Art After Dark events provide a fun environment where everyone is welcome. We hope people will come, bring their friends, explore the art, and just have a fun time at the museum. Stuffy museums are a thing of the past, as far as we’re concerned.”
There will be another Art After Dark event on Friday, Oct. 21, celebrating the contemporary exhibition Rebecca Campbell: The Potato Eaters. The final Art After Dark event of Fall semester is Friday, Nov. 11.