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‘Come & See’ Behind the Scenes at the D.C. Temple Open House

June 22, 2022 10:32 AM
BYU School of Communications Alumni Kurt Hanson and Rebecca Lane Share Their Experiences Working on the Media Relations Team for the Recent Open House at the Washington D.C. Temple
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The Voice of the Valley: Beloved News Anchor and BYU Alum Kent Dana Dies at 80

May 16, 2022 11:10 AM
Kent Dana, the face of the evening news in the Valley for three decades, died Tuesday afternoon.
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Design Alum Claire Forste Talks Life and Education in Harlem

September 02, 2021 12:00 AM
BYU grad Claire Forste hopes to change the art education curriculum by showcasing the art created and curated in the diverse neighborhood of Harlem, New York
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Dance of Recovery: Resilience and Healing Through Art

July 09, 2021 12:00 AM
In 2020 Eugene D. Tapahe (BFA ’92), a Diné (Navajo) web designer turned fine art photographer, was feeling distressed by the pandemic and an aunt’s death from the virus. Then one night he dreamt he was in Yellowstone National Park, sitting in tall grass and peacefully watching bison, when jingle-dress dancers came to the grass and danced, bringing him healing and hope. This dream inspired Tapahe to create Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project, which encourages peace and resilience. See more at magazine.byu.edu and tapahephotography.com.
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Going Forth: Family Dancing, Rescue Flights, and Art by the Blind

January 07, 2021 12:00 AM
Meet alumni enriching their communities through service
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Art Alumni Feature: Jen Harmon Allen

December 07, 2020 12:00 AM
After years of perfecting a non-traditional sculpting method amidst personal trial, Jennifer Harmon Allen is ready to be patient with more delicate processes
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Art Alumni Feature: Casey Jex Smith

December 02, 2020 12:00 AM
Smith prefers the accessibility of drawing to more complicated mediums, but his drawings are anything but simple
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BYU design student and alum raise awareness and funds for Black Lives Matter

December 01, 2020 12:00 AM
Sidney Fa’anunu and Eleni Trapp are using their design website not only to showcase their own art but also to raise awareness and money for Black Lives Matter organizations
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Alumni Feature: Michael Whiting

November 11, 2020 12:00 AM
Minimalism meets video games in Whiting’s pixel-based sculptures
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Southwest Art Magazine Names BYU Alum One of 21 ‘Young Artists to Watch’

November 02, 2020 12:00 AM
BYU artist Rachel Christensen received distinguished attention for her color analysis of eggs and human skin tones
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PARC Collective: Championing Contemporary Art In Utah

October 22, 2020 12:00 AM
Founded by three BYU art alumni, Utah’s newest contemporary art platform aims to create opportunities for working artists within the state
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Art Alumni Feature: Tiana Birrell

September 21, 2020 12:00 AM
The research of new genre artist Tiana Birrell revolves around the intersection of materiality and immateriality, and the internet as a new type of consumerism
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Art Alumni Feature: Pam Bowman

September 17, 2020 12:00 AM
From fine craft to fine art, installation artist Pam Bowman has always been a maker of things
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Art Alumni Feature: Ron Linn

September 14, 2020 12:00 AM
For artist Linn, drawing is more than a preparatory skill; it is a meditative state of mind and a process of trying to slow down time
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Alumni Arts: The Spirit of the Land

September 10, 2020 12:00 AM
Growing up on a small farm in Highland, Utah, Michael R. Workman (BFA ’86, MFA ’92) knew just what he wanted to do with his life: “Move to a rural area and paint the land. And I’ve been able to do exactly that.” Workman credits his BYU professors not only for teaching him the elements of art but for helping him believe he could make a living with his brush, which he does from his home in Spring City, Utah. “I approach landscapes with a poetic sensibility,” says Workman, who paints in the early-morning or late-evening light. “I’m trying to subtly communicate the spiritual qualities of the land.” Citing artists as eclectic as Rothko and Van Gogh as influences, Workman feels a special kinship with the tonalist painter George Inness, who felt the world was a profoundly spiritual place. “I never set out to be a tonalist, but that is what I seem to be,” he says. His treatment of landscapes shows a reverence for the places and subjects he depicts: “I hope my faith and belief in something beyond this life come through.” See the full article written by Andrew T. Bay at magazine.byu.edu.
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Alumni Feature: Kendal Bryan

August 04, 2020 12:00 AM
Photographer Kendal Bryan seeks moments of quiet movement in her images
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Alumni Feature: Rachel Stallings Thomander

May 21, 2020 12:00 AM
As Thomander’s view of success expands and the lines between art and non-art blur, new creative possibilities emerge
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BYU Magazine: Illustrating Imagination

May 18, 2020 12:00 AM
From a young age Shawna Calder Tenney (BFA ’04) has given life to her imagination through art—be it drawing, ballet, or music. Ample library time, her mother reading to her, and a love of fairy tales turned her interest particularly toward picture-book illustration. Today, as a BYU illustration grad, Tenney is telling stories of her own, like Brunhilda’s Backwards Day. a children’s book published by Sky Pony Press in 2016. The story, about a witch who learns that being kind can be more fun than being mean, “came from a game called Opposite Witches I’d play with my friend , where everything we did was opposite,” says Tenney. Read more at magazine.byu.edu
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