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13 October 2016
Early Mormon Art Missionaries
In 1890, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints took the unusual step of sending four artists to study in Paris. Known as the four art missionaries, John Hafen, Lorus Pratt, John B. Fairbanks and Edwin Evans studied were sent as the Salt Lake Temple was nearing the end of its construction. These missionaries were “receive that training which would befit [them] to decorate His holy temples and the habitations of Zion.”
Join us for a dinner as visiting lecturer, Dr. Micah Christensen (History of Art, University of London) discusses the training and dramatic influence the Church’s first Art Missionaries had on holy spaces and the wider school of Utah art. Following the dinner, we will stroll through our current gallery of early Mormon art missionaries' paintings.The event begins at 6:30 at La Jolla Groves. Please look over the menu (in event images) and specify entree and dessert choice upon checkout.