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Galleries of BYU: January Art and Design Shows Around Campus

Visit This Month’s Exhibitions in the Weight Room, MOA and 1313 Galleries

The new year brings new art and design exhibitions and shows all around campus, from the Weight Room Gallery to the MOA to Gallery 1313. Catch the latest MOA displays and watch out for the featured student and faculty artwork. Make sure to stop by Gallery 1313 for a look at pieces from illustration, animation and entertainment students studying at both BYU and UVU.

Art: Weight Room Gallery

As If It Were One Day | Open through January 26

In her MFA thesis exhibition, Megan Rowley Stern seeks to express the fluidity of time within the newborn phase of familial living. Her large-scale video installation is a synthesis of footage shot during the first weeks of her newborn baby's life. Exhibition visitors are invited to experience this dreamlike compilation from the comfort of bean bags filled with memory foam. The exhibition opens on January 11, 2024.

A video still from "As If It Were One Day" by Megan Stern. Image courtesy Megan Stern.

Random Acts | Open through January 25

A piece featured in "Random Acts" by Bill Huff. Photo courtesy Bill Huff.

BA student Bill Huff has created art in unexpected mediums for years. This exhibition consists of Huff’s spontaneous response to bits of clay left over from other projects or rescued from the recycle bin in the ceramic studio. “Random Acts” intends to stimulate the imagination and elicit an emotional response from the viewer. The exhibition opens on January 11, 2024.

A Vessel for Memory | Open through January 26

In her BFA final exhibition, Mary Allred explores the preservation and deterioration of memory. Large-scale paper and cardboard vessels contain the detritus of memory. She writes, "My treatment of material could be considered destructive (shredding paper and fabric and warping cardboard boxes beyond any useful shape) but I think of this process as a way to retain memory and keep it safe." The exhibition opens January 11, 2024 with a reception from 7-9 p.m.

Design: Gallery 1313

BYU and UVU Illustration Show | Open through February 7

Come explore an intercollegiate show exhibiting the work of both BYU and UVU Illustration, Animation and Entertainment Arts students. Both campuses will showcase the talent and artwork of students from both schools to celebrate the visions their students are bringing to the arts. BYU’s show will run in Gallery 1313 from January 19 to February 7, and UVU’s show will run from February 2 to February 16.

Museum of Art Galleries

Spain and the Hispanic World | Open through June 15

The MOA invites all to join a pilgrimage through 4,000 years of art history. From prehistoric Iberian earthenware to medieval manuscripts, more than 150 pieces in the show display the glory of Spain and the Hispanic World. The exhibition will be presented for the first time in Utah. It will open at the MOA on January 26.

Giovanni Vespucci (Florence, 1486–after 1527). World Map, 1526. Ink and color on four sheets of parchment, 85 x 262 cm. Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY. Acquired by Archer M. Huntington for the Hispanic Society of America, 1914. K42. Photo © The Hispanic Society of America, New York.

LIFE: Six Women Photographers | Open through February 3

Follow the careers of six female LIFE photographers as they capture stories through the 1930s to the 1970s, unveiling political and social dynamics from a time that has shaped the American experience. This exhibition features the works of Margaret Bourke-White, Hansel Mieth, Marie Hansen, Nina Leen, Martha Holmes and Lisa Larsen.

Benjamin West (1738-1820), "Theirs Is the Kingdom of Heaven," 1775, oil on canvas, 50 x 39 ½ inches. Courtesy of the Parker Foundation.

Of Souls and Sacraments: Symbol and Context in Christian Art | Open through July 13, 2024

Explore religious ideas through works from the 14th century to the present in the perspectives, styles and media on display in this exhibition. Old and contemporary artists such as Jusepe de Ribera, Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Jorge Cocco Santangelo, Kirk Richards and Lisa DeLong witness the power of visual imagery in religious life through their work.

From the Vault: American Highlights and Recent Acquisitions | Open through September 7, 2024

This exhibition houses 18 audience favorites from the Museum’s American collection including works by Minerva Teichert, Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, Dorothy Weir Young, Mahonri Young and Daniel Ridgeway Knight.