The Light Settled Upon Me

by Dan Burr

Joseph Smith

Oil on canvas

Father and Son

by Dan Burr

First vision

Digital Painting 


Inheritance

by Brian Memmott

Pearl of Great Price Book

Inkjet Print Gold Leaf Acrylic Paint 


Sacred-Grove

by David Belka

Sacred Grove

Photo

Sugar Maple Grove

by David Belka

Sugar Maple Grove

Photo


Pillars of Light

by Sharon Duque

Sculptures

Sculpture

Pillars Of Light

by Sharon Duque

Sculptures

Sculpture


"Work in Progress" 2021

by Timothy Howe

Digital

Creation is a process. Each iteration a slight improvement. Each attempt an upward progression. In this piece I show my process, raw and uncut. Each stroke and composition, like each decision and choice in my life, brings me closer to my God-like potential.

Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 2:8

"Revelatory Cycle" 2020

Digital, by Timothy Howe

Digital

Though we may not receive physical visitation from heavenly messengers, access to Jesus Christ and His blessings can be ours if we seek them as did Joseph Smith. Access to God through prayer, baptism, personal revelation, the atonement, the priesthood, and covenants are all possible in this dispensation. Its access is a cycle that can and should be repeated throughout our lives.

12. Say unto them, Ask of God; ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

13. For everyone that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

JST Matthew 7


This Is My Beloved Son

by Ryan Muldowney

Oil painting of Jesus Christ

Oil on Canvas

When God the Father uttered the words, "This is my beloved son, hear him!" to young Joseph, he established Christ not only as the chief cornerstone of that miraculous revelation, but of the entire Restoration that would follow it. Joseph Smith has long since gone to his reward, but the restoration continues to unfold with Christ directly at its center. #HearHim


A Place of Perfect Clarity

by Brian Atkinson

Sacred Grove

Digital

Two hundred years ago a young Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees to petition the Lord for knowledge. That simple act had far reaching ramifications that define and guide my life just as it has for millions of others. While considering how to commemorate that event artistically I find that many creative avenues are currently not possible due to a world-wide pandemic. Travel restrictions have kept me from pursuing my original ideas as I found myself working much more from home. The image that I ‘created’ for this exhibit utilizes appropriated work (a first for me) of a photograph of the Sacred Grove that is part of the church’s media library. The photograph is a beautiful black and white rendering of the grove; a striking record of a sacred place – I place I have never been. As I considered the image I decided to alter and add to it in such a way as to make it a more narrative composition using text as well as themes of darkness and light, blurred and sharp.


Cathedral Grove

by Wade Huntsman

Sacred Grove

Acrylic on Wood Panel

The Cathedral Grove was inspired by the amazing window designs from the major Cathedrals around the world, and mostly from the windows of the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The outside of this grand structure is beautiful in itself, however, when I walked inside and experienced all of the artistry that St. Patrick's offers, that's when I wanted to create an image that embraced the hallowed ground of the sacred grove and the majesty of the Cathedral. Lighting and temperature also play an important role in the Cathedral Grove. Warm colors engulf the mid-ground, while cool colors inhabit the background and foreground, symbolizing the wonderful stage in which the first vision is taking place. I specifically focused on the environment design leaving characters out, relying on my experience as an environment designer in the animation industry, hoping the composition can stand alone without characters.


On the Other Side

by Lisa F. Jones

Wood Cut Collage

Woodcut & Collage

Weak Things Coming Forth

by Lisa F. Jones

wood cut collage

Woodcut & Collage


Here and Elsewhere, Rexburg, ID/Texas City, TX

by Darren Clark

Rexburg and Texas City

Photograph

Here and Elsewhere, Rexburg, ID/Bodega Bay, CA

by Darren Clark

Rexburg and Bodega Bay

Photograph

I believe that one of the greatest blessings to come from the restoration of the Gospel is the Gift of the Holy Ghost. These photographs try to depict, visually, how these sacred spiritual experiences feel to me. When I feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, it feels quiet, peaceful, beautiful, and somewhat mysterious. The Gift of the Holy Ghost and corresponding spiritual experiences are available to everybody who chooses to partake fully in the restoration of our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom, regardless of geographical location, ethnicity, or financial situation. As it states in 2 Nephi 26:33 “…and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female…”


How Lovely was the Morning

by Josh Abegglen

guitar
guitar
guitar

Mixed. Featuring Curly Maple, Castillo Boxwood, Engelmann Spruce White and Black Lip Mother of Pearl, cow bone

This guitar was modeled after the Pre-Martin, Romantic era instruments that were popular during the time of the First Vision. It draws inspiration from and blends design aspects of both Stauffer and Lacôte guitars. Its body and neck are constructed of hand-selected, hard maple that was locally sourced from the area surrounding Palmyra, NY. The guitar additionally features a number of representational motifs that embody imagery and symbolism associated with God and Christ’s manifestation to the boy Joseph.

  • The sun in the headstock represents Heaven and the source of all light and truth.
  • The banner below the sun represents the Veil and bears the year of the sacred event.
  • The laminated lines running down the back of the neck and radiating out across the back of the body represent truth and light pouring down upon the Earth.
  • The inlaid phases of the moon are borrowed from the Palmyra temple and represent turning from darkness to light. This reflects the Restoration of the Gospel.
  • The fretboard and the sides both feature 4 distinct leaves from trees that are all present in the Sacred Grove. These include Ash, Elm, Oak, and Maple.
  • Ash is a strong, broadly branching, and well-rooted tree. As a result of some mythologies, these aspects of the tree bridge the spiritual and physical realms. Additionally, it bridges time, bringing together the Past, Present, and Future.
  • The Elm is one of the tallest deciduous tree species. As a result, they are commonly planted on college campuses as a symbol of eternal wisdom and have a perspective from an elevated position. It represents careful judgment and self-reflection. The tree additionally is a symbol of unity between people during periods of chaos.
  • Due to its slow growth, size, and longevity, oak has several symbolic meanings. It symbolizes strength, morale, resistance, and knowledge. It has also been associated with honor, wisdom, perseverance, and truth.
  • Maple trees have a special connection with the Smith family and their personal history. As the Smith family cleared the land that was to become their farm, they preserved roughly 1,500 maple trees. Each year, they would harvest the trees’ sap, boiling it down into sugar and selling it. This was an important source of income for the family. Researchers John C Lefgren and John P Pratt concluded that Joseph’s First Vision took place immediately after the family’s maple harvest in 1820. It is likely that he reflected on his religious concerns while assisting his family and determined when and where he would go to the Lord. In addition to this, I feel that there is a symbolic correlation between the bleeding of the maple tree and the blood shed during the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Both have the capacity to bring sweetness into our lives. And finally, the average lifespan of a maple tree is 200 years, coinciding with the bicentennial anniversary of the First Vision.

Please note that the guitar is not entirely finished. Due to the complexity of the design and build process, I was not able to complete it in its entirety for this exhibit. As a result, it currently features a temporary protective finish that will be sanded off prior to the final finish. I will also need to install the bridge saddle and the strings. What you see represents over 300 hours of work.


Genealogy Bowl #1

by Hyrum Benson

bowl

Stoneware and Glaze

Genealogy Bowl #2

by Hyrum Benson

bowl

Stoneware and Glaze

These two bowls, displayed as a diptych, are the personal genealogies of my wife and me. Each bowl features seven generations with birth and death dates and town and country or state of birth and death as recorded in FamilySearch.org. I also included when each ancestor was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (I also include those of our 8th generations that joined the church). I wanted to include the dates of their baptisms, because for many their baptisms were a pivotal point in their lives on which hinged many long-distance moves, sacrifices, hardships, and eternal blessings. Certainly, the question I posed on the side of Genealogy Bowl #1, Who or Where would I be had my mothers and fathers made different choices? Rings true. Using traditional letterpress type, I hand pressed each individual character into the unfired stiff clay, while tedious and with its own set of issues, I wanted to hand press the type, letter by letter, name by name, date by date, because of the symbolic nature that these individuals have played in my life, and in reality they have been imprinted on my soul. By pressing each letter, I got to know these individuals more, learning where they came from, seeing a glimpse of why they did what they did. Despite all of these names, dates, and places, these bowls only tell a fraction of the story, of which I am grateful to have.


Joseph's Answer

by Jason Brown

Stoneware

Stoneware


"...On the morning of a beautiful, clear day..."

by Kyoung DaBell

Painting of a forest

Watercolor


Artwork for "Song of Names"

by Carla Jimison

book artwork

Pen and Ink
Artwork on Pages 24, 55, 71, 107, 143, 175


Clothed With Glory

by Kody Keller

Adam and Eve

Earthenware, Wax

I think that it is significant that the first word Joseph Smith used to describe God's glory was "fire". It makes me think that it didn't look like normal light. I imagine it organically flowing and running like water. Enveloping both the Father and the Son.


Light and Truth

by Scott Franson

representation of light and truth

Digital