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BYU-I students celebrate women of the arts

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, BYU-Idaho students, their families and art enthusiasts alike gathered in the Eliza R. Snow Performing Arts Center to enjoy a night honoring female composers and artists.

The evening began with an art display just outside the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall. This is the first year since the Women of the Arts Festival began that a visual art show was hosted alongside the annual musical concert.

Many female students from the Department of Art showcased artwork that they have been working on during the current or previous semesters. The art displays ranged from paintings to sculptures to photography and more.

Audrey Jackman is a senior studying illustration and had one of her art projects on display at the event. Her piece was comprised of seven different sculptural busts depicting Eve, and was inspired by the theme of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ international art competition this year, “All Are Alike Unto God.”

Audrey Jackman posing with her Eve sculptures.
Audrey Jackman posing with her Eve sculptures. Photo credit: Jadree Farmer

“I really wanted to leave the features and the hair ambiguous and wrapped up so that women of all ages, shapes, sizes, skin tones all over the world could potentially see (themselves) connecting,” Jackman said. “I wanted people to feel connection to her and then I wanted there to be staggered heights so that people of all heights could approach Eve at their level.”

After viewing the art on display, spectators made their way to the concert hall where the musical performances took place.

The recital featured female students and faculty from the Music Department playing songs composed by either famous female composers or female student composers from the department.

The musical instrument performances of the night ranged from organ, vocal, string, wind and others.

Naomi Smith, a sophomore studying music, played a viola solo called “Just Us,” a tango composed by Sylvia Ramirez Ozaeta who is also a BYU-I student.

“That was actually my first time performing a solo in concert here, so it was pretty exciting,” Smith said.

To learn more about this annual event and future events hosted by the College of Performing and Visual Arts, click here.

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