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International Latter-day Saint Artworks Displayed at Church History Museum

Nearly 150 works by Latter-day Saint artists from around the world have been selected for the 12th International Art Competition of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The new artwork will be featured in a free exhibit at the Church History Museum beginning Thursday and running through April 3, 2023, according to a news release.

“Sense of Oneness,” by Paola Bidinelli, front, is pictured during the media preview for the 12th International Art Competition at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

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The competition winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday evening during a presentation in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

The church’s international art competition seeks to spread the lived faith of members around the world, art curator Laura Paulsen Howe said in the press release.

“We hope to encourage the creation of quality works of art, showcase the breadth and diversity of Latter-day Saint cultural production, and purchase works of art for the collection of the Museum of Latter-day Saint History. Church that help represent who we are as a people,” she said.

Vanessa Stewart, second from left, talks about

Vanessa Stewart, second from left, talks about “Pew Shoes,” by Carol Johnson with her sons during the 12th International Art Competition at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

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The theme for this year’s contest is taken from a Book of Mormon scripture in 2 Nephi 26:33, “All Are Alike To God”.

There were 850 submissions for the contest. The work was selected by a team of five jurors: Heather Belnap, an academic; Fidalis Buehler, artist; Rose Datoc Dall, an artist; Amy Maxwell Howard, academic; and Nnamdi Okonkwo, an artist.

A detail of

A detail of Fiona Phillips’ “They Are Precious In Her Eyes” is pictured during the media preview for the 12th International Art Competition at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

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The exhibited works were created by artists from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Ghana, Iraq, Italy, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Ukraine and the United States, among others. These works come in a variety of media including sculpture, ceramics, chitenge and tapa.

“Not Even a Sparrow,” by Ryan Moffett, is pictured during the 12th International Art Competition at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

Winners

Purchase rewards:

  • Aisha Lehmann, All the same ?
  • Susana Isabelle Silva, Su Luz Sobre Todos
  • Steven Newman, Living Water
  • Nicole Woodbury Preece, In the marrow of our bones
  • Emma Koepsell, invite them all
  • Michelle Franzoni Thorley, make room for us
  • Julie Yuen Yim, Participate in his goodness
  • Joseph Banda, But that’s what was said by the prophet Joel
  • Megan Knobloch Geilman Pieta
  • Erica Stenkrona, He does what is good among the children of men
  • Carrie Ellen Carlisle, family dinner

Merit Award:

  • Ryan Muldowney, man of sorrows
  • Christa Gedris, All are surrounded in the arms of his love
  • Loren Brown, House + Desert
  • Joanne McLeish, The Tapestry of Rescue and Redemption
  • Carol Johnson, shoe bench
  • Diane HatchRaise your dangling hands
  • Ryan Moffet, Not even a sparrow
  • Laura Erekson, Cross section of tree No. 1
  • Michael Romano, The invite
  • Alicia Bailey, Others