The LDS Church History Department is pleased to announce the official opening of the 10th International Art Exhibit, “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus,” at the LDS Church History Museum on October 22, 2015. The pieces selected for the exhibit were submitted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world from Cambodia to California.
The International Art Competition “showcases the breadth and diversity of Latter-day Saint cultural production and makes manifest the various styles, techniques, media, and voices of Mormon art. This year the exhibit includes art from Philippines, Argentina, Japan, and Taiwan, to name a few. The use of five outside expert jurors has certainly shaped the look of this year’s competition!” reflected Laura Hurtado, the global acquisitions art curator and jury foreman. “Mormon art scholars from Australia, Taiwan, New York, and Utah have added a variety of truly international perspectives on aesthetics and religious art, and each juror approached individual artworks differently. As such, all of the selections included in this year’s exhibition are informed by their collective decisions and tastes.”
The competition is completing its tenth iteration since 1987; each year the theme has been chosen from a variety of gospel topics. This year, the theme “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” aligns with the 2015 LDS Sunday School curriculum. Many of the pieces responded to the theme by depicting stories of the Savior’s mortal ministry, such as healing the sick, the Sermon on the Mount, calling the Apostles, and declaring Himself to be the Son of God. Other pieces offer more contemporary interpretations of the “artists’ experiences in drawing near to the Savior.”
Ultimately, it is the hope of the Church History Museum that visitors come to see Jesus Christ in new and distinct ways, thereby enlivening their understanding of the Man of Galilee. Borrowing from the words of Elder James E. Talmage, an LDS apostle from 1911 to 1933, Museum officials hope the exhibit will be an added testimony to “the solemn testimonies of millions dead and of millions living [united] in proclaiming Him as divine, the Son of the Living God, the Redeemer and Savior of the human race, the Eternal Judge of the souls of men, the Chosen and Anointed of the Father—in short, the Christ.”
All are welcome to participate in the awards ceremony held Thursday, October 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Immediately following, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., an opening reception will be held in the Church History Museum, 45 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. All events are free and open to the public. Limited free parking is provided at the Conference Center for those attending the events. Parking may fill quickly and is not guaranteed. As an alternative to parking downtown, please use the UTA transit system.
For more information regarding the “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” art exhibit and to vote for your favorites, please go to the website history.lds.org/museum. Also, check out the museum Instagram account—https://instagram.com/churchhistorymuseum/.