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Visualizing Learning Art Exhibit

President Kevin J Worthen has encouraged BYU faculty and students to be involved in “inspiring learning.” To the faculty he said, “I hope we inspire our students to learn. And I hope that learning leads to inspiration. When both things happen, inspiring learning occurs, and we then know we are on the right track to achieve the core goals set forth in our mission statement.” [1]

Supporting Visualizing Learning Exhibit

Recognizing that student learning occurs in a variety of ways, BYU Religious Education has decided to recognize some of the outstanding artwork that students have created as part of their assigned projects in various religion classes. The result is a new student exhibit called Visualizing Learning: Student Artwork from BYU Religion Course Projects.

Each piece in this exhibit went through a number of refereed steps before the artists were invited to participate. First, religion professors nominated student art from their class projects that demonstrate both artistic quality and significant student learning—“inspiring learning” in both of the senses mentioned by President Worthen. A faculty committee evaluated these projects and selected outstanding examples, which the Religious Education’s Administrative Council approved for display.

Each piece of art in the exhibit appears with a description of the work and an artist’s statement. We encourage you to read each one thoughtfully as you enjoy their creations.

At the end of the artist’s statement you will see a QR code. We invite you to enjoy all of the pieces of artwork and we would love you to scan the QR code of the piece that most inspires you.

The art is on display on the first floor of the Joseph Smith Building and can be viewed until the end of summer term.

[1] Kevin J Worthen, "Inspiring Learning" (speech, University Conference, Provo, UT, August 22, 2016) BYU Speeches,

Students Kate Christofferson, Kirsten Hirst, and Conor Searing explain the inspiration behind their artwork.