BYU museum celebrates Utah artist Mahonri Young in new exhibition

May 16, 2019 GMT

The Brigham Young University Museum of Art will feature acclaimed Utah artist Mahonri Young’s work in a new exhibition opening this week titled “ In the Arena: The Art of Mahonri Young.”

Young is known for creating prominent Utah monuments like “ This is the Place ” at Heritage Park and “ Seagull Monument ” at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.


Some of Young’s most famous works also include his sculptures of boxing matches, which boxer Jack Dempsey called “the most realistic fight scenes he had ever seen,” according to a BYU Museum of Art press release.

“Mahonri’s artwork is engaging and relatable,” curator Ashlee Whitaker said in the release. “I think people will come away with an endearing love for Mahonri Young and recognize him as one of the great artists to come from our state.”

The exhibition is set to open Friday and remain on display through Sept. 21 at the BYU Museum of Art on North Campus Drive in Provo. The museum is open Monday through Thursday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

More information is available by calling (801) 422-8287 and online at moa.byu.edu.

— Sarah Harris