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Art Alum and CFAC Honoree Kristen Applebee to Speak During Homecoming Week

Kristen Applebee (BFA ‘95) Will Return to BYU to Speak to Students this October for the Annual Alumni Achievement Award Lecture.

Kristen Applebee


The College of Fine Arts and Communications is proud to welcome Kristen Applebee (‘95) back to BYU.

One of several honorees of BYU’s 2022 Alumni Achievement Awards, Applebee will speak to students during homecoming week on Thursday, October 13.

Applebee graduated from BYU in 1995 with a degree in printmaking and has since gone on to obtain a master’s in fine arts from The Ohio State University and an Early Childhood Educator’s Certificate from Wesleyan College.

Applebee has won numerous awards, including the national Outstanding Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments award in 2019.

“By teaching students with severe disabilities, I have learned to feel gratitude more acutely,” said Applebee. “When gratitude is your default mode of thinking, life becomes very fulfilling and joyful.”

Applebee has taught art on five college campuses across three states. She is now the co-director for Wesleyan College’s Center for the Arts Summer Intensive and is in her 10th year of teaching art to students in grades K–12 at Georgia Academy for the Blind.

Applebee’s lecture, titled “The Impossible Calling of Being an Artist,” will be held in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center.

Lecture Date and Time: Thursday Oct. 13, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Location: Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center

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