I’ve been quite pleased at the comments following my “True Religion and Great Art” post from a few days back. Usually, I get only a few comments. Sometimes I get long strings of them, but from argumentative (and often unreasonable) people, and I don’t enjoy that experience much.
The comments in the wake of the “art and religion” post, though, have been helpful. And, from them, I’ve learned about (or learned more about) some artists and some discussions of the topic that I would like to recommend:
Here, for instance, is a site dedicated to “The Art of Thomas Wheeler,” where there are some really fine things. And Brother Wheeler runs a website devoted to LDS artists, here. He also calls my attention to the site of Jeff Hein.
Robert Hall has an interesting essay on “What Does a Latter-day Saint Renaissance Look Like?” though he tells me that he’s changed his thinking a bit on the topic since he wrote that essay in 2009. He’s now writing over at https://medium.com, Here’s his opening entry there: https://medium.com/thoughts-on-creativity/6ab0aaad0f37.
In the comments, two of us mention Lisa DeLong, a Latter-day Saint artist and art historian affiliated with The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, where she received her doctorate. This is her website.
Finally, not to forget the musical arts, I’ve just now made a small contribution to KBYU-FM – partly out of delight that I’m pretty nearly done with preparing my remarks for tomorrow night’s Summerhays Lecture, and partly out of happiness that my wife will soon be home to save me from myself. (I suppose it could be considered a thank-offering.) I say this not to boast, but to illustrate the fact that I’m really serious about trying, albeit in my insignificant way, to encourage and further the arts in Mormondom. KBYU-FM is a remarkable asset here along the Wasatch Front. Many much larger metropolitan areas have nothing to compare with it. It’s a treasure, and it merits support.