Chapter 4: Educators & Experimenters

Adam-ondi-Ahman by Dale Fletcher. Oil on Board. 17 x 42 in. Collection of Dennis Smith.

Adam-ondi-Ahman by Dale Fletcher. Oil on Board. 17 x 42 in. Collection of Dennis Smith.

There are an estimated 20,000 LDS artists working today. Many of them trace their lineage back to a handful of professors working at the Church’s flagship school: Brigham Young University. 

Insight by William Whitaker. Oil on Panel. 12 x 15 in. Collection of the artist.

Insight by William Whitaker. Oil on Panel. 12 x 15 in. Collection of the artist.

Often educated outside of LDS visual cultures to earn professional status, these professors participated in their respective aesthetic zeitgeists. Through their experimentation and broad views, they are the sources of new styles and ideas that have influenced thousands of LDS artists.

I Tego Arcana Dei by Wolf Barsch. Oil on Linen. 34 x 30 in. Collection of Dr. Rita Wright. 

I Tego Arcana Dei by Wolf Barsch. Oil on Linen. 34 x 30 in. Collection of Dr. Rita Wright. 

Atonement by James C. Christensen. Oil on Canvas. 48 x 48 in. Collection of the artist's wife. 

Atonement by James C. Christensen. Oil on Canvas. 48 x 48 in. Collection of the artist's wife. 

The Reconciliation of Thomas by Bruce Hixson Smith. Oil on Linen. 53 x 32 ½ in. Collection of Mr. Jeff Robert.

The Reconciliation of Thomas by Bruce Hixson Smith. Oil on Linen. 53 x 32 ½ in. Collection of Mr. Jeff Robert.