Mormon Arts Center

Journal

Board members and participants capture behind-the-scenes activities of the Mormon Arts Center in frequent posts.

On This Day...

Today, we’re starting a daily posting of interesting facts in the history of our culture’s art. These (almost-365) stories come from the worlds of film, literature, music, visual art, theater, dance, and pop culture. Some are wacky and funny; others are emotional and beautiful. All can be found on our tab On This Day… as well as on Instagram and our Facebook page.

If you like them, visit our social media platforms and share them with friends.

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Podcast transcription: Opera and Ballet Teenagers at the Met: Ruby Gilmore and Addy Hawley

Glen Nelson:                  Hello and welcome to another episode in our studio podcast. I'm your host Glen Nelson. Today I'm here with Ruby Gilmore and Addy Hawley who have performed with the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre Companies at Lincoln Center in New York just eight blocks north of where we are this afternoon. Ruby is a singer and Addy's a dancer. They are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they also happen to be teenagers. Welcome. 

Ruby Gilmore:                  Hi.

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Press Release: The Mormon Arts Center Issues a Call for Submissions to Explore New Artistic Boundaries

NEW YORK, New York – September 28, 2018 – The Mormon Arts Center is pleased to announce a Call For Submissions. It is open to scholars, curators, artists, performers, and others who desire to engage with the goals of the Mormon Arts Center to display and perform artwork by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York City and elsewhere, to publish scholarship and criticism about art of our culture to reach a wider public, and to establish a comprehensive archive of artwork by members of our faith, 1830 to the present. 

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Call for Submissions

Beginning of Opportunity: October 1, 2018

Deadline for Submissions: Review of submissions is ongoing, but the deadline for 2019 projects is December 15, 2018.

Help us shape the future of Mormon art

The Mormon Arts Center is pleased to announce a Call For Submissions. It is open to scholars, curators, artists, performers, and others who desire to engage with the goals of the Mormon Arts Center to “display and perform Mormon art in New York City and elsewhere; to publish scholarship and criticism about Mormon art to reach a wider public; and to establish a comprehensive archive of Mormon Arts, 1830 to the present.”

The Center wishes to invite people to develop presentations, events, exhibitions, performances, Center programs, and scholarly works for publication to be completed over the next three years. These projects, including book launches, will debut primarily but not exclusively at the annual Mormon Arts Center Festivals in New York City.

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Podcast transcription: Richard Bushman and Farms, Family, and Faith

Glen Nelson:                  Hello and welcome to the Mormon Art Center's Studio Podcast. In this episode, we'll sit down with historian Richard Lyman Bushman to discuss his new book, The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History. The book is just out, published by Yale University Press, and it gives me an excuse to get Richard into the interviewee's chair and pummel him with questions about the meaning of life or if not that, at least the meaning of his latest book. Welcome Richard.

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Another Life for "Cat"

We're very happy to announce that Andrew Maxfield’s composition, They All Saw a Cat, which the Mormon Arts Center commissioned and premiered at our Festival is having another life. On September 29, the BYU Philharmonic, under the direction of conductor Kory Katseanes, will give the orchestral premiere of the work as part of a free family concert series at Brigham Young University.

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Podcast transcription: Joy and Terror in the Art of Annie Poon

Glen Nelson:                  Hello everybody, and welcome back to the Mormon Arts Center's Studio Podcast. I'm your host Glen Nelson in New York. In our second episode, we present an interview with visual artist, Annie Poon whose award-winning, stop-motion animation films have been exhibited in museums and film festivals across the country. Today. We'll discuss Poon's work, her respect for outsider artists, how her mental health issues affect her artwork, and her daily creative exploration of LDS scriptures and their translation into her singular imagery.

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Podcast transcription: Jamie Erekson/James W. McConkie

Glen Nelson:                        Hello everybody and welcome to the first podcast of the Mormon Arts Center. I'm your host Glen Nelson in New York. In today's episode, we'll be telling the story of one of the great what-ifs of Mormon Arts: the life and music of composer James Wilson McConkie. Sitting in the studio with me--and by studio I mean my studio apartment--is Jamie Erekson, grandson of McConkie, who is currently bringing to life the music of this forgotten LDS composer. McConkie is almost completely unknown now, but in the 1950s, he was poised for a major career in American classical music. He earned a PhD in Composition at Columbia University in 1950 and then went to Paris to study with the legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger. Then tragedy struck at the age of 32.

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