6 Stunning Artworks Featured in BYU Museum of Art’s New Exhibit

A new exhibition at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art hopes to build theological bridges by exploring religious devotion, worship and understanding.

The exhibit, titled “Of Souls and Sacraments,” features more than 40 works of art that all explore themes and symbols found in Christianity. Some of the pieces may be familiar to frequent visitors to the MOA, but others are previously unseen acquisitions from the collection and rare masterpieces and contemporary images on loan from private collectors.

According to KSL.com, the exhibit includes five distinct sections with unique depictions of the cross; Mary, the mother of Christ; representations of authority; the idea of ​​discipleship; and the body of Christ.

Ashlee Whitaker, the museum’s curator, told KSL.com that this new exhibit is an opportunity to bring together different Christian denominations.

“We looked for contemporary artists who deal with these kinds of religious themes in a way that shows the continuity of these ideas over the centuries, but also how there are countless ways to revisit them with fresh and new expressions,” explained Whitaker.

Here are six stunning works of art that you will find in the new exhibition.

Paige Anderson, ‘Again, Glorified (Atonement Triptych)’

Paige Anderson (1989-), ‘Again, Glorified (Atonement triptych)’, 2019, oil on panel, 26 x 60, 36 x 80 and 26 x 60 inches.

Courtesy of the artist.

“You see a lot of depictions of something like prayer, but nothing visually tells you what it’s like to say 10,000 prayers and feel like nothing’s happening,” Anderson told KSL.com. “What I’m doing is trying to give you a taste of what prayer looks like – it’s a pattern, and it’s a daily commitment.”

Kirk Richards, “Fragile”

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Kirk Richards (1976-), ‘Fragile’, 2004, oil on wood, mixed media, 48 x 48 inches.

Courtesy of the artist and Stephen and Gina Erickson.

“I thought of the body and frame as the body, the outer shell of the Spirit,” Richards told KSL.com. “I hope the physical artwork is also a catalyst for transcending thought into larger thoughts, things that transform and renew the soul.”

Jorge Cocco Santangelo, ‘The Sacrament in the Americas’

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Jorge Cocco Santangelo (1936-), ‘The Sacrament in the Americas’, 2021, oil on canvas, 22 x 30 inches.

Courtesy of the artist.

Benjamin West, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is Theirs’

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Benjamin West (1738-1820), “The kingdom of heaven belongs to them”, 1775, oil on canvas, 50 x 39 ½ inches.

Courtesy of The Parker Foundation.

Ron Richmond, ‘Triplus, Number 3’

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Ron Richmond (born 1963), ‘Triplus, Number 3’, 2005, oil on canvas, 51 x 75 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Lewis and Gail Burnham, 2007.

Pietro del Donzello, ‘The Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist’

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Pietro del Donzello (1452-1509), ‘The Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist’, 15th century, oil on panel, 36 1/8 x 36 1/8 inches.

Courtesy of The Parker Foundation.

You can request a tour of this special exhibit on the BYU MOA website.

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