Faith is strengthened by hearing the testimonies of others (see Romans 10:14–17).
As Latter-day Saints we have a heritage of faithful testimonies upon which we can draw to strengthen our own testimonies. From ancient times we have Adam, Abraham, and Noah, whose testimonies of faith were borne out by their actions. In modern times we have the testimonies of prophets from President Joseph Smith to President Gordon B. Hinckley. We can also find strength in the testimonies of our local leaders, our family, and our friends.
This “heritage of faith” was the theme upon which Latter-day Saint artists were asked to draw as they created works of art for the Seventh International Art Competition. More than 900 artists from 44 countries responded. Of the 235 works selected for the exhibition, 15 received Purchase Awards, and another 26 received Merit Awards of $500 each.
Following is a sampling from the exhibit “Our Heritage of Faith,” currently at the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City, Utah, until September 4, 2006. The complete exhibition can also be seen by visiting www.lds.org/museum.
And It Was Night, by Benjamin McPherson, New Mexico, oil painting, 66” x 38”
Joseph, by Scott Allred, Utah, oil painting, 16” x 19.5”
Jesus Washes an Apostle’s Feet, by Laurie Olsen Lisonbee, California, oil painting, 20” x 19.5”
God Speed the Right, by Kazuko K. Covington, Japan, pieced and sewn textile quilt, 60” x 55”, Merit Award
Joseph Smith Cuts the Ice for Joseph Heywood’s Baptism, by Patricia Chiu, Utah, leaded stained-glass picture, 45” x 45”
Mother: A Precious and Chosen Vessel, by Megan Rieker, Maryland, oil painting, 40” x 27.5”
Sabbath Morning, by Susan Comish, Utah, oil painting, 48” x 36”
Peace, Be Still, by Luis Vergera, Chile, carved wood sculpture, 48” x 48” x 21”
St. Ann: If There Are Any Heavens, by Nathan Florence, Utah, oil painting, 23.5” x 29.5”
Did Not Our Hearts Burn within Us? (Luke 24:32), by Michael Malm, Utah, oil painting, 40” x 30”
Triplus, Number 3, by Ron Richmond, Colorado, oil painting, 75” x 51”
How Beautiful upon the Mount: Triptych, by David Wilson, Hawaii, oil painting, 46” x 15”
Theophany: Visible Manifestation of God, by Valeriano Ugolini, Italy, oil painting, 29.5” x 52”
Heed Them Not (1 Nephi 8:34), by Sarah Merkley, New York, oil painting, 25.5” x 39.5”
The Circle II, by Clay Wagstaff, Utah, oil painting, 60.5” x 84”