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Sacred Gifts Exhibition

Nov 15, 2013 – May 26, 2014

The three artists featured in this exhibition, Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann and Frans Schwartz, were active in Northern Europe during the 19th century. Talented and prolific painters, they were men of deep personal faith who magnified their talents through rigorous training in some of Europe’s finest art academies.

The theme Sacred Gifts was inspired by the scripture, “Thy gift . . . is sacred and cometh from above” (Doctrine and Covenants 6:10). The exhibition is a celebration of countless gifts. The paintings of the Savior displayed here have enriched the lives of devout people for over a century.

The remarkable generosity of many churches, museums, and donors has made it possible to bring these works of art together for the first time at the Museum of Art.

Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint

Jul 27, 2007 – May 26, 2008

Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint, examines how the American mural and pageantry movement of the early 20th century influenced Teichert’s artistic production.

When she attended the Art Institute of Chicago and Art Students League of New York in the early 1900s, mural paintings and theatrical pageants were dynamic components of American popular culture.

Presenting forty-seven of her large-scale narrative murals, it explores how the artist’s personal dramatic flair contributed to the theatrical characteristics of her murals of religious and western subjects.

Some of the works in the exhibition come from private collections and have not been seen publicly for many years.

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The Master’s Hand

November 12, 2010-May 7, 2011

Carl Bloch: The Master’s Hand features five large altar paintings on loan from churches in Denmark and Sweden. Following his training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and studies in Rome, Bloch established a reputation as a religious painter.

This led to major commissions for important chapels in Scandinavia. Four of the altar pieces featured in this exhibition were removed from their original settings for the first time since they had been installed in the late 1800s. The other altar painting, Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda has become the museum’s signature piece since it was acquired in 2001.

Additional religious paintings and etchings, along with genre, history, portrait and landscape paintings from Danish museums, round out this magnificent exhibition.

Beholding Salvation

Nov 16, 2006 – Jun 2007

Beholding Salvation explores the ministry of Jesus Christ through the works of artists from early Christian times to the present. The paintings, prints, icons and sculptures from diverse faiths in this exhibition show the range with which Christ’s identity, miracles, teachings and sacrifice have been portrayed.

This exhibition represents a chronology of Jesus’ life and examines the changing representations of Christ that have resulted from shifting political, religious and cultural perspectives.

The exhibition also explores the artistic styles and conventions that have encouraged a personal relationship between the viewer and the Savior throughout generations.

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The First 100 Years

Dec 4, 2009 – Sep 25, 2010

Over a century ago in 1909, construction began on the Maeser Building, the first structure on Brigham Young University’s current campus.

That same year, BYU began its art collection with a fine painting by Utah impressionist painter John Hafen. Donated by J. William Knight, this gift inaugurated a century of art collecting at BYU and a legacy of philanthropy that has enriched the culture of the university and the community at large.

One hundred years later, the university’s art collection has grown to nearly 17,000 works housed in a handsome, state-of-the-art museum. This exhibition tells the remarkable story of the development of BYU’s art collection and displays many of the outstanding works that have been acquired over the last one hundred years.

American Dreams

 Feb 2006 – Feb 2011

This exhibition, presented on both levels of the Museum, includes paintings, sculptures, photography, as well as prints. American Dreams is divided into three thematic sections – “The Dream of Eden,” “American Aspirations” and “Envisioning America.”

These represent an expanded display of the museum’s holdings. “The Dream of Eden” section, which includes many landscape paintings, evokes the vision of America as a new Eden. Portraits and still lifes in the “American Aspirations” section illustrate an American ideal of affluence and ease.

The artworks in the “Envisioning America” section convey multiple visions of the nation as portrayed by American artists.


People in a Hard Land

Apr 6, 2012 – Dec 28, 2013

This new exhibition focuses on memorable images of people in the American Southwest. It explores subjects in Southwestern art that have appeared with sufficient frequency and poignancy to render them iconic.

Painters and sculptors have persistently portrayed Native Americans and pioneers, cowboys and settlers making their way in a vast, arid and inhospitable land.

This idealization of Western life remains one of the continuing wellsprings of the American Dream. Exploring these classic representations of life in the Southwest, this exhibition features works by some of the region’s premier artists from the collections of Diane and Sam Stewart and the Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

Shaping America

  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.

shaping america

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