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2018


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August 11, 2018 review

15 Bytes, Artistis of Utah interviews pianist Scott Holden and reviews his CD, The Unknown Galaxy: A Century of Mormon Music. Writer Maddie Blonquist describes the Mormon Arts Center's Carnegie Hall concert that led to the CD. Of the diversity of sounds labeled "Mormon," Holden says, "You can't pigeonhole God into only liking certain sounds." READ THE ARTICLE

 
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july 25, 2018 update

The Portuguese online publication Mercado writes, "Hildebrando de Melo expõe em Utah, Estados Unidos da América," about the exhibition, Nzambi (God) by Hildebrando de Melo and its journey from Columbia University for the Mormon Arts Center Festival to Brigham Young University.  READ THE ARTICLE (PORTUGUESE)

 
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july 21, 2018 review- dialogue

Critic Sarah C. Reed writes about the Mormon Arts Center publication, Immediate Present, in the Summer 2018 issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, "Laura Allred Hurtado's essay 'The Immediate Present' introduces the volume and provides the necessary historical and critical context for the exhibition and the Mormon Arts Center Festival in general."  READ THE FULL REVIEW

 
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july 16, 2018 Feature - KSL-TV

Carole Mikita reports, "The second annual Mormon Arts Center Festival in New York City attracted Latter-day Saint artists from throughout the world. Some of the highlights of this year's festival included a concert at one of the city's iconic concert halls and the works of an artist from a southern African nation. Participants experienced art and faith of an international flavor." WATCH THE BROADCAST

 
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july 10, 2018 feature - church news

Morgan Jones writes, "NYC Mormon Arts Festival uncovers story of Elder McConkie's brother, highlights culture of LDS Church." "Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had a brother who at one point seemed more poised to become famous than the well-known Apostle. James W. McConkie was a composer who received his PhD from Columbia and studied in Paris with some of the most important classical music teachers of the 20th century." READ THE NEWS ARTICLE

 
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June 28, 2018 feature - salt lake tribune

 Jennifer Napier-Pearce and Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake Tribune, interview Richard Bushman on their “Mormon Land” podcast in an episode titled, "Celebrating Arts the Mormon Way."  Peggy Fletcher Stack writes, "Art expresses and evokes deep human emotions, which makes it intimately connected to spirituality. It makes sense, then, for LDS artists to explore their faith through their creativity. In 2017, such links prompted a group of Latter-day Saints in New York City to launch the Mormon Arts Center Festival, which LDS author Terryl Givens called 'a seminal event in Mormonism's coming of age artistically.'"  LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

 
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june 26, 2018 feature - deseret news

Columnist Jenny Rollins previews the Mormon Arts Center Festival, "The Mormon Arts Center is holding its second annual festival in New York City, featuring artists from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the world over, including four world premieres of new music and the performance of  'lost' pieces from well-known Mormon composers. The three-day festival will take place June 28-30 at the Italian Academy at Columbia University and will bring together people from Angola, Argentina, Canada, China, Kuwait, Spain and across the U.S."  READ THE FULL ARTICLE

 
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june 18, 2018 update

Brigham Young University College of Fine Arts and Communications posts about BYU faculty members participating in the Mormon Arts Center Festival. Amanda Shrum notes, "The second annual festival held by the Mormon Arts Center will take place June 28-30 at Columbia University in New York City. The festival will help fulfill the Mormon Arts Center's mission to display, perform and promote Mormon art. More than two dozen events will be featured, including a keynote address by laurel Thatcher Ulrich."   READ THE FULL ARTICLE

 
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May 30, 2018 press release

NEW YORK CITY, New York – The Mormon Arts Center, a non-profit organization based in New York City, will host its second annual festival, entitled “Explorations,” from June 28th to 30th at the Italian Academy on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. The festival will feature the work of Mormon artists, musicians and scholars from around the globe.  READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE

 
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March 27, 2018 review - dialogue

Critic Jacob Bender writes a review, "Our Artistic Potential," about the Mormon Arts Center publication The Kimball Challenge at Fifty: Mormon Arts Center Essays for the Spring 2018 edition of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He writes, "This collection is not intended to provide the final word on anything, but rather to stimulate the conversation, to keep it going, as we continue to wrestle with what it means to be a Mormon, to be an artist, and to be worth and neither at once."  READ THE FULL REVIEW - SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED

 
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March 3, 2018 update - association for mormon letters

The Association for Mormon Letters Awards announces that in the category of Criticism, The Kimball Challenge at Fifty: Mormon Arts Center Essays is a finalist.  READ THE ANNOUNCEMENT