Arnold Friberg bust unveiled at Utah Valley University

World-renowned artist Arnold Friberg spent his life creating paintings that commemorate figures like George Washington, Captain Moroni and Queen Elizabeth II. Now, a fellow artist has created a work to commemorate him.

That work — a bronze bust of Friberg — was introduced at an unveiling ceremony at Utah Valley University before a gathering of Friberg's family and friends and several Utah leaders on Thursday, just months after the artist's death.

"It feels like a wonderful, positive moment of success to pay tribute to a man who imminently deserved it," UVU president Matthew Holland told the gathering that included Gov. Gary Herbert and LDS apostle Robert D. Hales.

Unveiled by a group that included Herbert, Hales, Holland, renowned sculptor Edward Fraughton and Friberg's widow, Heidi, the bust depicts Friberg holding a single, long paintbrush and is larger than life. But those who knew Friberg best said the man who was commissioned to paint epic scenes from the Book of Mormon, famous college football games and members of Great Britain's royal family liked to keep a low profile.

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