Mormon Arts Center

Press Release

Mormon Arts Center to Showcase Artists and Musicians from Around the World at Second Annual Festival


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.

“We’re really excited about the international representation at this year’s festival,” said Glen Nelson, co-director of the Mormon Arts Center. “We’re featuring Mormon artists from Angola, Argentina, Canada, China, Kuwait, Spain, and across the United States. We can’t wait to share their work in New York City.”

Some of the featured artists will include: Hildebrando de Melo from Angola with his first one-person exhibition in the U.S., “NZAMBI (God)”; Harriet Petherick Bushman, a composer and musician who splits her time living in London and Kuwait; Stephen Anderson, a composer with renowned jazz musicians from the Dominican Republic, among others.

Festival attendees will experience a range of events including a piano recital by Scott Holden, "A Century of Mormon Music,” at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall featuring music by Mormon composers; a musical premiere for children based on the Caldecott Honor book “They All Saw a Cat”; a sing-in featuring the life and music of hymn writer and former director of The Mormon Tabernacle Choice, Evan Stephens; and the publication of “Mormon Cinema,” a comprehensive book by Randy Astle commissioned by the Mormon Arts Center focused on the history of film about Mormons and by its members; among two dozen events.

“The mission of the Mormon Arts Center Festival is to celebrate and study Mormon arts,” said Richard Bushman, the Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University and co-director of the Mormon Arts Center. “Our hope is that the community will be able to experience the rich talent provided by these artists and that in turn these artists will be able to use this festival as an opportunity to inspire, inform and advance their work in the future.”

More information about the festival and ticket purchase for the various events is available here.

About the Mormon Arts Center

The Mormon Arts Center is an independently-funded organization that celebrates and studies Mormon arts. The Center seeks to organize, produce and promote events such as festivals, workshops, performances, symposia and exhibitions with the goal of fostering in-depth and inclusive understanding of Mormon artistic creativity—its past, present and future.

The Mormon Arts Center has a three-fold mission: 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, from 1830 to the present.

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