"People were so surprised with the show at Sundance," Clark said. "Some people would say, 'That was Broadway quality. Those actors were Broadway quality.' And I don't think they were exaggerating. We have a lot of local talent that's as good as anything we will see in the bigger cities. And you can chalk that [...]

"Despite his difficulties, he keeps building — strengthened by those who believe in him, and unconcerned with those who don't." Everything is Incredible from Tyler Bastian on Vimeo. via Local teacher creates viral film about man with 'impossible' dream | ksl.com.

It’s yesterday’s news that the Piano Guys, with more than 134 million total YouTube views under their belts, are worldwide Internet sensations. The Utah group now has a famous mogul as its manager and has signed with Sony Masterworks recording label, with a self-titled debut album release on Oct. 2. And KUED will tape a [...]

For the uninitiated, Hoover and Gandhi is Glenn-shorthand. Jay Edgar Hoover symbolized “top down” abusive power. Gandhi embodied peaceful, spiritual, resistance. He uses Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, and Booker T. Washington for the latter half of the metaphor as well. The latter half, the peaceful half, has the music. They always have. via Mark Mabry [...]


Three movie interns have a little advice for you as you choose your future career. Some people want to be famous movie stars—on the big screen, in front of all the lights, cameras, and action. But others prefer to be behind it all instead. Consider Cammon Randle, Chantelle Squires, and Jimmy Anderson. These three are [...]

“It’s cool to be Mormon. Being a Mormon sets you apart,” Heyborne said. “Knowing that Heavenly Father loves me makes a huge difference. You don’t feel alone. Knowing he cares about me, that he will put me in the right places and will protect me, that he wants me to succeed, knowing those things makes [...]

I am writing this article for my children. They are big Alex Boye’ fans. They got that from their old man. When I first heard him sing, I just popped. He was at Brigham Young University at a Mormon Arts Festival. We talked for hours, and I told him then and there he had a [...]

"I've made a covenant with God that I would devote everything I have to building his kingdom here on earth, and the magazine seems like a good way to help do that," Crowder said of the publication that shines the spotlight on Latter-day Saint artists and their talents. via Magazine provides Mormon Artists with sense [...]

A practising Mormon, 25-year-old Brandon Flowers is married to a primary school teacher and desperate to start a family. He’s also the live-wire showman who fronts one of the hottest bands in the world. It’s not an easy balancing act. Craig McLean talks to the Killers’ singer about resisting temptation via Songs of Praise: Young [...]

It all started when Chris Heimerdinger was serving as a full-time missionary in the 1980s. He had a dream about kids traveling back in time to meet their heroes in the Book of Mormon. via 'Tennis Shoes' adventure series continues | Mormon Times.

For those of you who haven’t heard, the church is holding an international video contest in order to “give more members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints an opportunity to strengthen their testimonies as they share their talents with worldwide members and to “join the conversation” in sharing the gospel with the [...]

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God's purpose for the artist in the Gospel plan is ultimately the same as for all his children: to bring to pass their immortality and eternal life. Each of us must use our tools, our gifts and opportunities to triumph in the contest of mortality. Immortality is a gracious gift; eternal life may demand that [...]

As can be expected of any fan of film and animation, R. Brent Adams' office at BYU is covered with movie posters. The combination of films featured on the posters, including "Star Wars: Episode III," "Shrek," "The Prince of Egypt" and the recent remake of "King Kong," though somewhat eclectic, is not totally random. Each [...]

Looking back, Annette Kleinhenz can see how her daughter Megan always had an eye for art. "She liked to write and draw on everything, but we never took it seriously at all," she said. They take her seriously now. Megan Kleinhenz Payne designed her father's political campaign advertisements, created her brother's business website, caricatures teens [...]

John Vawdrey, a former LDS missionary who helps translate for the troupe, said the dress, the costumes, the music — which includes an unusual horse head fiddle and a python skin mandolin — are all different from any other region in China. via Unique Chinese dancers tour Utah landscape during visit for International Days | [...]

When I first met Nancy I thought, “She must be a convert. There’s no way a life long member would ever say that.” via Glowworms for Jesus: the Expressive Arts meets the Enrichment Committee | A Motley Vision.

We call upon you in the arts, you my precious brothers and sisters, to expand your vision of what can be done. If we're going to fill the world with goodness and truth then we must have artists who are worthy to receive inspiration so they can bless the lives of our Heavenly Father and [...]

I know I shouldn't have been that surprised, but when I finally got word that in the midst of the global economic downturn, I was NOT going to be receiving a songwriter bailout package from the government, I was pretty disappointed. Apparently, unlike Chrysler and GM, I am NOT too big to fail. So, like [...]

To you, why does theatre matter? This should be Theatre with a capital “T”, meaning all theatrical endeavors from movies to pageants. Artistic endeavors civilize us, teach us, and give us formulas and thoughts to live by. I’d like to quote Brigham Young who said, “Upon the stage of a theater can be represented in character, [...]

By Janice Kapp Perry Our talents have been given to us for a wise purpose known to God. "To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby." (D & C 46:12) In developing our talents, we don't need to be better than everyone else, we just need [...]

There is a deep yearning for the expression of eternal things that lies at the roots of great art. It seldom seems to find satisfaction these days because so much of what has taken the place of art in our lives is hostile to the things of eternal worth. Nevertheless, if we are to commit [...]

To Muslims, he is known as the Merciful, the Guardian, the Omniscient, the Magnificent. Christians, too, join in by praising God as the Judge, the Giver of Life and the Truth. The Islamic tradition of knowing The 99 Most Beautiful Names of God struck a chord with Andrew Kosorok, an LDS artist who embarked on [...]

We can all share something, so don’t hide your gifts. No matter your circumstances, use your skills and talents to bless other people. You’ll find that doing so not only multiplies your ability to give but also deepens your joy in giving. via Music and the Spoken Word.

Deb Banerjee, a curator at Utah State University Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, served as juror, selecting 25 pieces from 18 Western artists. Most are from Utah, including Chris Purdie, another BYU sculpture student. via UVU unveils its first juried art show | The Salt Lake Tribune.

It was 1970, and Crane just finished his only semester at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Uncomfortable at the “hippie school,” he left to go on a Mormon mission to Uruguay. In the capital city of Montevideo he climbed on his apartment roof and started taking pictures of the skyline and [...]

Richard G. Oman's enthusiasm for and understanding of Arnold Friberg's now-iconic Book of Mormon paintings makes him the perfect person to walk us through these larger-than-life images most of us have grown up with. They are now on permanent display in the LDS Church Conference Center in Salt Lake City, meaning you can see them [...]

Last time we discussed some of the basics of setting ourselves up to receive creative inspiration. We identified living a noble life as a foundation, and grouped the creative process, inspiration, revelation, the Holy Spirit, mediation and prayer as part of the same whole. We discussed ascending levels of communication and had some examples of [...]

Students worked under the direction of the Ad Council on the project. The BYU Ad Lab is the only student-run advertising agency that serves on the Ad Council, the leading producer of public service advertisements in America. via BYU Ad Lab behind new Smokey Bear DVD.

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