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Seeing is Believing: Springville’s Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah

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Throughout history, when the vast majority of the populace was illiterate, the visual arts have been used to tell the stories and express the aspirations of religious and spiritual communities around the world. The arts could be a tool of enlightenment but also a tool of control, used to tell the devoted how to think, what to believe, and how to believe, helping political entities maintain spiritual and largely secular control over the masses.  How far art has come and how far spiritual and religious art has evolved to this day in the 21st century, can be seen in the small town of Springville, known for its propagation of the arts but also for its conservative, Mormon establishment…

 

Read Ehren Clark’s review in the December 2014 edition of 15 Bytes.

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