31st annual 'Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah' showcases spiritual perspectives
By Derrick Clements
Eric Heywood's "Jesus"
UTAH---Looking up in the pews during Sunday worship, or walking through a temple, synagogue or mosque, worshippers are frequently exposed to art that expresses a religious or spiritual point of view. Often, the religious art that gets the widest audience is intended to assist in theological instruction or proselytizing. But a different objective guides the art in the 31st annual “Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah” show at the Springville Museum of Art. Throughout the exhibit, religious conviction and testimony jumps out of the varied pieces, but spiritual questions are as present as answers. Artists portraying aspects of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have covered everything from Book of Mormon stories to a reimagination of Joseph Smith presented through Tarot cards. [link]
Justin Wheatley's "The Man, The Tree, The Rod, and The Words of Strangers and Friends"