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Author My Story: 'I Learned What it Means to be a Disciple-Scholar'

December 07, 2022 05:00 PM
Art History and Curatorial Studies Student Candace Brown Writes About her Experiences Working in the BYU Museum of Art
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'Rend the Heavens' MOA Exhibit to Close on May 14

May 10, 2022 12:35 PM
The exhibit was inspired by the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s First Vision in 2020
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Behind the Gallery: Student Educator Joseph Rowley Shares Insights on "Across the West and Toward the North"

January 27, 2022 12:00 AM
This new photography exhibit showcases the work of both Norwegian and American photographers—Rowley shares the surprising connection between the two
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At Bethesda’s Waters: Celebrating 20 Years at the MOA

September 07, 2021 12:00 AM
Twenty years after the piece first arrived, Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda remains a source of peace and promise to viewers
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Stroll Through Paris at the MOA with "L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters"

September 01, 2021 12:00 AM
Take a walk back in time to turn-of-the-century France with this new MOA exhibi
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A Window Into the Past: Photography Exhibit “Fields of Labor and Recovery” Now Open at the MOA

July 13, 2021 12:00 AM
These photographs document an important piece of Utah’s history from the Great Depression to World War II
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A Family “Art Staycation”: Family Art Festival Returns to Museum of Art

June 11, 2021 12:00 AM
After a year of social distancing, families can once again participate in the Museum of Art’s annual Family Art Festival
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Vik Muniz “Extra-Ordinary” Collection to be Featured at Museum of Art

May 28, 2021 12:00 AM
Vik Muniz’s eclectic collection features unique perspectives on life through unconventional materials
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Janalee Emmer Named Fourth MOA Director

April 26, 2021 12:00 AM
It is an honor to announce the next director of the Brigham Young University Museum of Art: none other than our own Dr. Janalee Emmer! As the first woman to lead the Museum, she will officially begin in her new role on April 26. Jana has been with us since 2014, when she was hired as one of our curators and the Head of our Education Department. Last year she was appointed Associate Director of Exhibitions & Programming. She holds a PhD in Art History from Pennsylvania State University, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from BYU, and is an expert in the work of women artists. Her career includes work at distinguished museums and universities including the Getty, the Palmer Museum of Art, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Tennessee, and Bucknell University. Here at the MOA, Jana has curated numerous exhibitions, including Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African American Art; Patrick Dougherty: Windswept; Danae Mattes: Where the River Widens; A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists from the Collection; and Far Out: The West Re-Seen, Photography of Victoria Sambunaris (on view until May 1). She has championed campus outreach by increasing the number and frequency of MOA educational programs, and she recently addressed the University as part of its weekly, campus-wide devotional series, wherein she discussed the transformative power of art. “I am incredibly honored to be stepping into this new leadership role at the Museum,” Jana said. “The BYU Museum of Art has a rich history of exhibitions and programming, and tremendous potential for the future with our dedicated staff, donors, and visitors.” Read the full article by Riley Lewis at moa.byu.edu.
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Devotional: The Transformative Power of Faith and Art

March 15, 2021 12:00 AM
Janalee Emmer, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programming of the Museum of Art, delivered Tuesday’s devotional address. In her career as an art historian and museum professional, Emmer has learned secular and spiritual lessons from the art she has studied. Emmer started by quoting Rosa Bonheur, a female painter in the nineteenth century: “My whole life has been devoted to improving my work and keeping alive the Creator’s spark in my soul. Each of us has a spark, and we’ve all got to account for what we do.” While Bonheur used her spark to open doors for women who would follow her, Emmer asked what we are doing to keep the Creator’s spark alive in our souls and develop our divine gifts. “The truth is that this search for your place, for excellence and for your particular aptitudes will be a lifelong pursuit,” she said. “While not all of us are artists, all of us need both creativity and inspiration to find our way. I believe that the arts and the gospel can guide us as we go, providing fresh perspectives, new ways of looking and much needed reassurance.” Emmer pointed to the book 'Night' by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel as a formative piece of art that influenced her faith in God. Upon his arrival to Auschwitz, he and his father were separated from the rest of his family, and he witnessed firsthand the horrors of the Holocaust. The horrific circumstances Wiesel lived through affect how he describes his faith and relationship with God in his narrative. “Faith that is tested, wounded, but here, is a powerful, transformative kind of faith,” Emmer said. “That kind of faith recognizes that because we look through a glass darkly, we will still have questions. It is a faith that has battle scars but also enduring resonance.” Continue reading the article written by Kaylee Esplin on news.byu.edu.
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FAR OUT: THE WEST RE-SEEN, PHOTOGRAPHY OF VICTORIA SAMBUNARIS

October 15, 2020 12:00 AM
EXHIBITION OVERVIEW A new exhibit will open up in the Museum of Art starting October 30 Victoria Sambunaris creates large-scale photographs that document the intersections of the natural and manmade within the American landscape. Each year, Sambunaris embarks on a lengthy journey on the road, using a large format wooden field camera to document what she encounters. With her photography, Sambunaris tries to capture the way in which humans inhabit the landscape, as well as highlight the beauty of the land and human interaction with it. Combining in-depth planning and research with a laborious mode of shooting and developing—sometimes waiting days for the right conditions—Sambunaris’s photographs communicate a deeply layered sense of place. Since 2002, Sambunaris has come to Utah numerous times to photograph the vast, complex, and beautiful terrain. This exhibition focuses on her photograph of Utah and the Western landscape. The large scale of her work simulates the actual environment, allowing minute details to materialize, subtle colors to emerge, and the viewer to feel as if they are standing in the place of the artist. This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of the: Marriott Daughters Foundation Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York The Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico Andrea and Patrick Lannan Michael Reynolds James Kelly Contemporary View more details at moa.byu.edu.
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Closing this week, ‘A Studio of Her Own’ exhibit features powerful lessons for 2020

September 11, 2020 12:00 AM
Home builders. Survivors. Trend-setters. Fighters. Standing in the gallery of BYU’s Museum of Art, students can almost hear them whispering from the walls. They are 58 remarkable female artists, and their messages of inspiration and hope are featured in the MOA’s “A Studio of Her Own” exhibit, which closes this week. “We had no idea that 2020 would be such an unexpected and unprecedented year with the pandemic, and with earthquakes and fires and racial unrest,” exhibition curator Janalee Emmer said. But in the paintings, she said, “there’s a lot of relevance for today’s moment.” “A Studio of Her Own” celebrates 110 works by female artists of diverse backgrounds and faiths. Some of their pieces celebrate racial diversity, like the vibrant quilt “Subway Graffiti #3” by prominent Black artist Faith Ringgold, who grew up in Harlem. The piece features superstars like Diana Ross and Michael Jackson as well as the faces of Ringgold’s own friends and family members. Emmer said the unique piece “Blanket Stories,” which features a tower of colorful handwoven blankets, speaks to the universal struggle for identity through the experiences of its creator, Marie Watt, the daughter of a native Seneca mother and a rancher father.
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Revolution on Aisle 3: BYU hosts a ‘Supermarket’ of famous 1960s Pop art

December 17, 2019 12:00 AM
The American dream is often associated with the idea that anyone can make it in America.
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Artist Danae Mattes to Guest Lecture at BYU’s Museum of Art

March 13, 2019 12:00 AM
BYU’s Museum of Art (MOA) welcomes Danae Mattes to discuss her current exhibition, “Where the River Widens,” with students, faculty and members of the community. The lecture will take place Thursday, March 14 at 5 p.m. Like most of Mattes’ work, “Where the River Widens” is composed of natural materials. This specific piece explores how water and earth mix and the human reaction to that phenomenon. “I have come to view my work as a synthesis of the experiences I have when walking through landscape; a culmination of my observations and perceptions of nature,” said Mattes. According to the MOA’s website, Mattes feels that a river’s state of flux is “a metaphor for life, as change is a constant of the human experience.” This flux is demonstrated in her piece, which transformed over a few months as the water evaporated and the materials settled. Not only will Mattes’ lecture explore “Where the River Widens,” but it will also give attendees insight into her journey as an artist — a journey that has taken her and her art across the world, including to Germany, Chile and Japan. For more information about the lecture, visit the MOA’s Facebook page, where the lecture will be livestreamed.
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‘Windswept’: The Art of Bending Trees

December 07, 2018 12:00 AM
Before the load was shipped from upstate New York to Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art, they were put in a freezer for two weeks at minus 20 degrees (to kill any bugs) then de-leaved and fire-retarded. Post-delivery, the saplings have been bent and twisted into something strikingly new: “Windswept,” a towering, contorting sculpture that seems unreal. That the piece was erected in only three weeks seems equally unbelievable. “Windswept” will be open for viewing starting Dec. 7, continuing through mid-October of next year. Read more here. Photo by Steve Griffin, Deseret News.
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BYU Magazine Features Museum of Art Exhibit on Tiffany Glass

August 02, 2018 12:00 AM
Earlier this year the BYU Museum of Art (MOA) exhibited “Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light.” The exhibition featured windows and lamps made by Tiffany Studios. Louis C. Tiffany, the company’s founder, revolutionized the way stain glass was made. Tiffany’s glass was used to make some of the twentieth century’s most iconic decorative pieces. To read more about the exhibit and Tiffany in BYU Magazine, click here.
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BYU Museum of Art Features Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographs

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM
The BYU Museum of Art (MOA) is set to open their newest exhibition on Monday. It will feature every Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph since the award was first created in 1942. The exhibition is visiting from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The MOA is the first venue other than the Newseum to host the exhibition. The exhibition has been one of the Newseum’s most popular. MOA Curator Kenneth Hartvigsen called this a “unique opportunity” and said the photographs are “iconic in a very true sense.”Read more at the Daily Herald.
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BYU Museum of Art Exhibitions Showcase Refugee Stories

June 28, 2018 12:00 AM
Brigham Young University Museum of Art (MOA) has entered the conversation on refugees. According to MOA Curator Kenneth Hartvigsen this decision wasn’t accidental or spontaneous. Two years ago the museum staff, including Hartvigsen, started looking for shows and exhibitions that dealt with refugees. The fruit of their efforts are the three exhibitions currently on display through Sept 29: 'DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition,' 'Refugee Trilogy' and 'Albanian Stories.' Hartvigsen hopes these exhibitions will inspire patrons to act and make a difference in their communities. Read more on Deseret News.
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