Arnold Friberg, a renowned artist who died in Salt Lake City Thursday at age 96, will have his legacy preserved in a museum that will house more than a hundred of his most famous works, including his original of "The Prayer at Valley Forge." via Utah artist Arnold Friberg leaves a legacy of art | [...]

Go to, then, you who are gifted; cultivate your gift. Develop it in any of the arts and in every worthy example of them. If you have the ability and the desire, seek a career or employ your talent as an avocation or cultivate it as a hobby. But in all ways bless others with [...]

We need to have an organization of skilled and talented people worldwide who know how to use the media. We have to move toward the time when we have a core of people in communications. In fact, I look forward to the day when we have a thousand highly skilled people in the Church in [...]

We are thinking, reasoning human beings. We have the ability to identify our needs, to plan, to set goals, and to solve our problems. The characteristics of a creative person can be used to develop solutions for seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We can use originality to overcome opposition. We can develop new ways to help others [...]

Featuring a Mormon church emeritus general authority and well-known poet-author as inaugural speakers, the Church History Museum is kicking off a new evening-event theme later this month. "The Story of My Life" — a new installment of the ongoing "Evenings at the Museum" series on Saturday, June 26 — will focus on the importance of [...]

Jace Warren took art lessons when he was 12 and knew then he wanted to draw with chalk. What he couldn't have known is that those lessons would help him share a message with people on the other side of the world. About a year into his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of [...]

The paintings — a 1903 rendition of Christ in America done by Danish artist CCA Christensen (no relation to Anthony Christensen) and an 1893 oil painting of the Salt Lake LDS Temple by Carl Wuttke — are valuable pieces that will fetch a nice price but more importantly, Christensen says, they are the kind of [...]

"This is definitely the adventure of a lifetime for me," the Mormon performer said. "I must say that my favorite part of my job here on the ship is to pick out individual children and see them light up as Cinderella waves to them and blows kisses at the end of our shows. It's amazing [...]

“It is important for a writer to be cognizant of the marginilization of literature by more technologically sophisticated and more visceral narrative forms. You can work in these forms or use them or write about them or through them, but I don’t think it’s a very good idea to go on writing in a vacuum. [...]

Just three days before opening night, the cast gathers around a cafeteria table as director Jared Larkin serves homemade beef and cabbage. After five hours of rehearsing Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa," his students welcome the dinner break. "Do you guys feel more Irish?" Larkin asks as the teenage cast and crew feast on ginger [...]

Visitors to museums typically experience the beauty of artistic creation, but rarely do they have a chance while there to interact with the creators. But visitors did just that at the Church History Museum's Feb. 26 event, "Artists at Work: the Spirit of Art." It was the second such event held by the museum, wherein [...]

Ask a Mormon to describe his or her favorite comedian's humor and you're bound to hear the phrase "really clean" at least once. "Clean" is usually requisite for LDS audiences, but for some Mormon comics, being clean isn't so much a concerted effort as it is an inherent part of their humor. It's not about [...]

Who knew that Tinker Bell grew up in the Salt Lake Valley? While it might be difficult to find Pixie Hollow listed on a Utah road map, the fairy's hometown will make an appearance when Disney On Ice presents "Worlds of Fantasy " March 10-14 at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Draper native [...]

We are thinking, reasoning human beings. We have the ability to identify our needs, to plan, to set goals, and to solve our problems. The characteristics of a creative person can be used to develop solutions for seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We can use originality to overcome opposition. We can develop new ways to help others [...]

Brigham Young University-Idaho faculty member Leon Parson is the 2010 recipient of the Eliza R. Snow Award. Each year, the Eliza R. Snow Society for the Performing Arts recognizes and honors an individual who has excelled in the performing and visual arts. The recipient must be an alumnus of BYU-Idaho and be supportive of the [...]

Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors performed the kickoff show of their 40th anniversary concert Thursday night in the de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center on BYU's campus. via MormonTimes – Young Ambassadors kick off 40th anniversary celebration.

BOUNTIFUL, Utah — MarDeane "Polly" Carver Jordan traveled the world with her husband, a U.S. military officer and diplomat, often interacting with heads of state, but she never lost touch with her small-town roots. via MormonTimes – LDS author Polly Jordan dies.

This is the time, brothers and sisters, to make our voices heard. In the media today, as we would look at it from any vantage point, I think we'd have to say that Lucifer's influence has a far more dominant influence than the Lord's. We are in a war. This war is the same that [...]

“God is inside me, and everyone else that was or ever will be. … Now my eyes are open. Look what God has done.” So sing the Young Ambassadors in a song from the Broadway hit “The Color Purple.” This has been the message of the Young Ambassadors for the past 40 years as they [...]

Any aspiring artist looking for world-class artistic coaching needs only go down the road. via Bridge Academy: Provo's diamond in the rough |

When 47-year-old painter Brian Kershisnik retreats to his Kanosh studio in an old, sandstone dance hall, he doesn't invite models along. He paints with oil, and from his imagination alone. Never mind labels of "style." The Provo artist's work is about maintaining a consistent method that produces consistent results. That means producing a large rotation [...]

A $26,000 contribution to the initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California appears to have cost a 96-year-old former Mormon temple president his seat on the board that oversees Oakland's historic Paramount Theatre. via Prop. 8 aid puts Paramount board member on hold.

The Springville Museum of Art, Utah's oldest museum for the visual arts, has announced so many new exhibitions and acquisitions for January that it amounts to something of a makeover. In addition to 23 new works recently added to the museum's permanent collection, four new exhibitions open Jan. 5. via Visual art notes: Springville reborn [...]

“Typically when you meet someone involved with the arts they are a bit flighty and all over the place,” Seevinck said. “She is the opposite. She is the most organized person in that regard and she genuinely loves the arts.” via Arts advocate brings passion from Portland |

We don’t often delve into the history of Mormonism in the arts, although I don’t think that is by design. More likely, this history is simply not very well known among even those of us who write about Mormon culture, and, I suspect, many details simply aren’t known. Other details were known at one time, [...]

According to the federal government Web site tracking stimulus spending, Utah has as of the last reporting cycle 603 projects funded by $1.5 billion worth of federal money. The $426,000 received by Utah arts organizations constitutes less than 0.03 percent of the stimulus money allocated for the state. via Utah arts get a jump-start – [...]

OK, so we know that most people treat New Year's resolutions with abandon. Yet we're of the opinion that each act of resolve should be considered as precious as it is foolhardy. There are only so many years of life. There are only so many moments to resolve to make a change. via Salt Lake [...]

Salt Lake City has gift-wrapped a dusty downtown jewel for future generations of film fans. via Salt Lake Tribune.

Gray said the pageant serves two purposes: to celebrate and to educate. “This is our church’s Christmas gift to the community,” he said, adding that by producing the pageant, the church also informs those who are unfamiliar with his faith that Mormons are Christians, too. via .

Brothers and sisters, refuse to be used. Refuse to be manipulated. Refuse to support those programs that violate traditional family values. We may be a small voice to begin with; nevertheless, let us speak out and encourage a more uplifting, inspiring, and acceptable media. Besides making our voices heard, let me conclude with seven things [...]

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