Paint, wood, stone, clay, metal, paper, and rattan were among the artistic media used by more than 500 Latter-day Saint artists entering the 1994 Third International Art Competition sponsored by the Museum of Church History and Art.
Latter-day Saints throughout the world were invited to express their faith and commitment to the gospel through art. The artists, both professional and amateur, sought to express the competition theme of “Living the Gospel in a Worldwide Church” through reference to their various cultures.
Working within the theme, they depicted such gospel-related topics as family unity, tithing, missionary work, scripture study, temple work, family history, and the eternal family.
Of the 500 entries, 200 were selected for exhibition at the museum this past spring and summer. A number of these works of art were purchased with donated funds for the museum’s permanent collection; no Church funds were used.
Samples of the exhibits are shown on the following pages.
Become Familiar with the Scriptures; earthenware, by Taichi Aoba, Saijo-shi, Japan.
Yolanda, Courageous Mother in Zion; colored pencil on paper, by Sheri Lynn Boyer Doty, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Beauty of the Seoul Korea Temple; crystal, by Yu-Seon Kim, Seoul, Korea.
Sacred Ordinances; embossed and tinted metal, by Ana Maria Mirand de Oliveira, Peixinhos-Olinda, Brazil.
The Lamanites Blossom Like the Rose in the Desert; embroidery and oil, by Maris Gladis Barrientos de Monterroso, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Called to Serve; acrylic on canvas, by Carlos Matamoros M., West Valley City, Utah.
Illumination; oil on canvas, by Bernardo M. Gray, Baguio City, Philippines.
Happy Family of Six Sealed for Time and Eternity; carved opal, by Agrippa Ndongwe, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
These Seven Values: Treasure of Light and Truth; pastel on paper, by Linda W. Geisler, Fairchild (U.S.) Air Force Base, Washington.
Unity of Worship; oil on canvas, by Bernadette Bernal Perez, San Leandro, California.
We Are the World; oil on canvas, by Eiko Fujiyama, Sakakibara-machi, Japan.
Turning the Heart of a Child to Her Ancestors; soft fabric sculpture, by Margery Sorenson Cannon, Salt Lake City, Utah.