shaping america

Shaping America Exhibition

  Mar 22, 2013 – Mar 24, 2018

The familiar adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” applies to the artworks in this exhibition. They reflect the cultural values of their day and shape our understanding of our nation, its history, and ourselves as a people.

The Brigham Young University Museum of Art has a fine collection of American art made possible by the gifts of many donors over decades. It includes representative examples from many periods in American art history. As arranged in this exhibition, works from the collection tell a fascinating story of cross–cultural pollination in the creation of America.

Out of the more than eighty works in this exhibition, over half have never been shown in past shows of American art. Furthermore, many works have never been exhibited at the MOA, several are new acquisitions, and a number of works have been conserved specifically for this exhibition.