He made celebrated sculptures of his grandpa, Brigham Young. Now this famous artist has a new art show at BYU
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He made celebrated sculptures of his grandpa, Brigham Young. Now this famous artist has a new art show at BYU

Provided by the BYU Museum of Art Mahonri Young (1877-1957), Plowing Valley of the Great Salt Lake, c.1930, oil on canvas, 28 ¼ x 72 1/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959. PROVO — A new exhibition at the BYU Museum of Art celebrates the work of a noted Utah artist who, despite his distinguished career, saw himself as an outsider to the rarefied world of art galleries. "He considered himself to be a worker," Ashlee Whitaker, head curator at the Museum of Art, said of sculptor and painter Mahonri Young. "Growing up in a pioneer home, life wasn’t necessarily easy. … He was among this culture of pioneer work ethic." " In the Arena: The Art of Mahonri Young " highlights Young’s work ethic as well as his respect for ordinary, hardworking people through his sculptures, painting and drawings. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 21. Born in 1877 — just weeks before his famous grandfather, Brigham Young, passed away — Mahonri Young grew up in the Salt Lake Valley. He discovered a love for art at age 5 when his father gave him some clay to […]

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