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Ashley Glazier shares her experiences on graduating, receiving an art scholarship, choosing her profession, and being juried into the Springville Salon

Ashley Glazier (middle) with fellow BYU students Peter Beck (left) and Hillary Laurent (right) at The Art of the Portrait Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

After attending The Art of the Portrait Conference, Ashley Glazier (‘17, BFA) knew she wanted to be a professional representational artist and painter.

“By the end of the conference I saw the possibilities were endless, and there was a place for me as an artist,” said Glazier. “This was comforting to me since I was a senior about to graduate. Even though I was so excited to graduate, I was also scared and anxious about it.”

As a Portrait Society of America scholarship recipient, Glazier attended their 19th Annual Art of the Portrait Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia from April 20-23, 2017. To apply, she submitted three paintings and an essay about her professional artistic goals and why she wanted to attend the conference.

Out of 20 nationwide scholarship recipients accepted, three came from BYU. Glazier’s friends Peter Beck and Hillary Laurent were also accepted to attend the conference.

“It felt great to have such a great reputation because of BYU. I love that BYU is regarded with so much respect in the fine art community.” said Glazier.

She said it was inspiring to associate with other professional figurative artists, many whom she follows on Instagram including: Daniel Keys, Anna Rose Bain, Susan Lyon, Michelle Dunnaway, Scott Burdick, and David Kassan.

Glazier and classmate Hillary Laurent pose with their icon, Richard Schmid, who is considered one of the greatest living American realist painters.

“We even got to meet painter Richard Schmid. He signed our sketchbooks and let us take a picture with him,” said Glazier. “It was amazing to interact with him and to be treated as a peer.”

Thanks to this conference, Glazier’s eyes were opened to the tightly knit community of figurative artists.

“It was invigorating to see many of these artists were making a living as painters,” said Glazier. “They did commissions, portraits, had work in galleries, hosted workshops, and traveled to paint places, people, and cultures.”

In addition to taking a great deal of notes, Glazier said she received experience that she can now record to her Curriculum Vitae. She plans to attend next year’s conference. 

Glazier poses with her painting “Strawberry Angel Food Cake” at the Springville Museum of Art.

Apart from her experience at Art of the Portrait conference, Glazier is adding additional accomplishments to her CV.

The Springville Museum of Art selected Glazier’s oil on panel painting: “Strawberry Angel Food Cake” to appear in this year’s salon. The SMOA’s 93rd Annual Spring Salon showcased the work of local artists from April through July. Glazier said she was surprised to see her cake painting on the list of accepted pieces.

Glazier and one other current BYU student, twelve former students, and two professors: David Dibble and Robert Barrett also had works included in this year’s Springville Salon show.

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