BYU Unveils New Art by Greg Olsen. Starring Claire!

2015-6 Claire, Greg Olson Art (11)Something very exciting happened yesterday at BYU during Education Week.  A beautiful piece of art was unveiled in the Hinckley Center.  Our daughter, Claire was selected to be one of the models for this piece.  It’s Amazing.  You’ll want to go see it in person if you are able.  The link below will take you to the news release about this painting. 2015-8-20 Greg Olson Art BYUPROVO — A small group that included two LDS Church apostles and Brigham Young University administrators witnessed the unveiling of an original Greg Olsen painting at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center on Wednesday during BYU Education Week.

The painting, titled “Treasures of Knowledge,” was commissioned by university supporters Leo and Annette Beus and donated to BYU. Annette Beus cut the string to show the 52-by-84-inch oil on canvas painting, which features two young adults reading in a room surrounded by books, globes, artwork, scientific instruments and other tools of learning.

Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles attended the unveiling, along with BYU President Kevin J. Worthen.

McKay Christensen, managing director for alumni relations at BYU, said the university is grateful for the gift.

“The painting represents so well what happens here at BYU,” Christensen said. “It tells the story of what happens to students and alumni … in their discovery of learning and faith. To have that represented in this strong visual way in the Hinckley Center, our alumni house, is really incredible.”

Olsen, an artist known for his paintings of Jesus Christ, said the painting is a metaphor for a journey of discovery.

“I hope this painting will be a reminder to those who see it that the world is a wonderful workshop of alchemy, where we can take simple, ordinary things and transform them through our own efforts and inspiration into treasures of knowledge,” said Olsen, who began working on the painting years ago.

Elder Ballard and Elder Andersen each spoke briefly, thanking the Beuses for their gift and complimenting Olsen on his work.

“The Lord has given you a gift and you’ve used it in such a beautiful way,” Elder Ballard said to Olsen.

“An example like this helps us see that everything does testify of the Savior,” Elder Andersen said. “Everything shows the magnificence of the gifts we’ve received. That’s not to feel shorted in the pre-mortal life, but to admire with great appreciation that someone could have that gift to create something so beautiful and memorable. That’s really the story of BYU.”

The painting will be on permanent display in the Hinckley Center and is open for public viewing.

2015-6 Claire, Greg Olson Art (9) 2015-6 Claire, Greg Olson Art (12)We got to go see this painting before we left home.  It’s incredible.  You can stare at it for hours.  Greg Olsen and BYU students spent a semester finding the right props and preparing the set.  It is a representation of learning by study and also by faith.  I love seeing Claire’s beautiful face in this place.  She is a faithful and amazing student and I imagine her mind is very similar to a place like this painting portrays.2015-6 Claire, Greg Olson Art (1)

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7 Responses to BYU Unveils New Art by Greg Olsen. Starring Claire!

  1. Ann, love the connection to you. Love Greg’s painting. He is my dear neighbor and you are my friend, so seeing your daughter makes it that more special

  2. danielle says:

    This popped up on my facebook newsfeed because a friend commented on it. Just thought you may want to know that the correct spelling in your title is “starring”.

  3. Charlene Winters says:

    It was a beautiful event, and Clair was the center point. She and the painting are beautiful!

  4. Dixie Baker says:

    What a special piece to be a part of. She is so beautiful. Is she still traveling or has she seen it in its new home yet?

  5. Rachel says:

    Thank you for having this online. It is very very beautiful

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