Mormons/LDS in the Visual Arts


CURRENT PROJECTS

Special issue. “Mormon Art, Race, and Representation” for Journal of Mormon History. With Nathan Rees. Fall 2023-Winter 2024.

Sarah M. Coyne, Heather Belnap, Ashley LeBaron-Black, Jane Shawcroft, Megan Gale, J. Andan Sheppard, Chenae Christensen-Duerden. “‘Are You My Mother?’: Depictions of Heavenly Mother in Latter-day Saint Artwork.” Article under review.

“Globetrotting Mormon Women Artists and the Art of Travel, c. 1900-1950,” An Anthology of Mormon Art, eds. Amanda Beardsley and Mason Kamana Allred (Oxford University Press, 2025). Complete draft (17,000 words) submitted May 2022.

“Mormon Art” section (30,000 words). Variations on Christian Art: Mennonite, Mormon, Quaker, and Swedenborgian, ed. Diane Apostolos-Cappadona. Under contract with Bloomsbury Press. Projected publication: 2023.

“Cultivating Zion: A History of LDS-Mormon Art,” Retrospective organized by the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts. Co-curator, with Ashlee Whitaker and Bronte Hebdon. New York City (Ukrainian Institute), Salt Lake City (Church History Museum & Utah Museum of Contemporary Art), and other possible venues (2024-2025).

Minerva Teichert: Modernist Mormon Artist. For Introduction to Mormon Thought series (eds. Matthew Bowman and Joseph Spencer). Under contract with University of Illinois Press. Publication date: 2024-25.

Artistic Frontiers: Women and the Making of the Utah Art Scene, 1880-1950. With Emily Larsen. Work in progress.


PUBLICATIONS

Marianne Meets the Mormons: Representations of Mormonism in Nineteenth-century France. With Corry Cropper and Daryl Lee (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, October 2022).

“’Sure A Strong Devil’: A. B. Wright, Mabel Frazer, and the Making of the 1937 Sexual Misconduct Case at the University of Utah.” With Emily Larsen. Utah Historical Quarterly 90, no. 3 (Summer 2022).

“Pioneering Women: Lessons from Paris and the Making of an Art Scene in the American West, 1890-1940,” Proceedings from Faire oeuvre: La formation et la professionalisation des artistes femmes aux XIX et XXe siècles, colloque international, sponsored by AWARE (Archive of Women Artists, Research, and Exhibition), in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou, September 2019 (Paris: June 2022).

“Aesthetic Evangelism, Artistic Sisterhood, and the Gospel of Beauty: Mormon Women Artists at Home and Abroad, c. 1890-1920” in Beyond Biography: Sources and Contexts for Mormon Women’s History, eds. Rachel Cope, Amy Easton-Flake, Keith Erekson, and Lisa Olsen Tait (Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickenson University Press, 2017): 141-66.


SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

“Minerva Teichert’s Native Americans Paintings and the Art of Benevolent Racism,” 57th annual Mormon History Association conference, Logan, UT, June 2022.

“Towards a Mormon Iconography: LDS Women Writing on Art and Aesthetics, c.1900-1950,” Annual Mormon Scholars in the Humanities conference, Oxford, England, March 25-27, 2022.

“Bathsheba W. Smith, Alice Merrill Horne, and the Establishment of a Zion Art Dynasty,” Annual Mormon History Association conference, Rochester, New York, June 10-11, 2021.

“’Sure A Strong Devil’: A. B. Wright, Mabel Frazer, and the Making of the 1937 Sexual Misconduct Case at the University of Utah” (with Emily Larsen), Annual Mormon History Association conference, Park City, Utah, June 10-11, 2021.

“Women and the Establishment of Art in Zion, 1880-1950,” Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, March 24, 2021.

“Pioneering Women: Lessons from Paris and the Making of an Art Scene in the American West, 1890-1940,” Faireoeuvre: La formation et la professionalisation des artistes femmes aux XIXetXXe siècles, colloque international. Sponsored byAWARE: Archive of Women Artists, Research, and Exhibition, in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou, September 2019.

“Dressing the Mormoness: The Perils of French Fashion for Mormon Women.” Decentering Mormonism. Sponsored by Global Mormon Studies collective. Bordeaux Montaigne University, France, March 2019.

“Pioneering Painters: Utah Women’s Artists at Home and Abroad.” The Utah Valley Historical Society, Provo City Library, March 12, 2019.

“Romantic Socialism, La Nouvelle Femme, and Representations of Mormon Women in Nineteenth-Century French Art and Literature.” 51st Annual Mormon History Association conference, Snowbird, Utah, June 2016.

“The Rocky Mountain Picture Show, or the Mormons in the Nineteenth-Century French Visual Imaginary.” 40th annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies colloquium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2014.

“Artistic Frontiers: Mormon Women Artists in Paris, c. 1900, 39th annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies colloquium, Richmond, Virginia, October 2013.


PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

“Imagery of the Divine Feminine.” With Sarah Coyne. For Certain Women 2021 Art Exhibition. Anthony Fine Arts & Antiques, October 15, 2021.

“Megan Knobloch Geilman Pietà and the Search for Gyneaologies ,” Art & Belief Symposium, sponsored by the Center for LDS Arts, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, September 24, 2021.

“Visionary Women and the Making of LDS Art and Aesthetics in the Progressive Era.” The Center for LDS Art Regional Festival, Dallas, February 7-8, 2020.

“Seeking Heavenly Mother: An Evening with Heather Belnap and Sarah Coyne,” Mission Viejo, California LDS Institute, May 4, 2021.

“Visionary Women and the Making of LDS Art and Aesthetics in the Progressive Era.” The Center for LDS Art Regional Festival, Dallas, February 7-8, 2020.

Certain Women exhibition panel discussion, Second annual exhibition of Contemporary LDS Women Artists, The Zion Art Society, Anthony’s Antiques, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2019.

“Mormon Women Artists and the Gospel of Beauty.” Keynote speaker for induction ceremony for 2019 Global Women’s Studies Honor Society, October 3, 2019.

Certain Women exhibition panel discussion. First annual exhibition of Contemporary LDS Women Artists, The Zion Art Society, Anthony’s Antiques, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2018.

“Mormon Women Artists Abroad.” The Zion Art Society, Salt Lake City, September 23, 2017.

“This is What a Mormon Looks Like(?): Mormonism in 19th c. French Visual Culture,” Keynote speaker for Pi Delta Phi Initiation ceremony, Brigham Young University, March 23, 2017.

“Pioneers in Paris: Mormon Women Artists, c. 1880-1920.” Beyond Biography: Sources in Context for Mormon Women’s History. 2016 LDS Church History Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2016.


MUSEUM/GALLERY WORK

Juror. 12th Annual LDS International Art Competition, Church Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, June-October 2021.

Juror. Certain Women 2021 Art Exhibition, Anthony Fine Arts & Antiques, Salt Lake City, October 2021.

Juror. “Certain Women: Statements of Purpose, A Latter-day Saint Women’s Art Show,” The Zion Art Society, Anthony’s Antiques, Salt Lake City, October 4-November 9, 2019.