Today, Deseret Book Company makes a final call for applicants to their 2014 Gospel Vision of the Arts scholarship. Thirty professional and noted artists created original works of art, which were then auctioned to fund the scholarship and support students in their training to become artists.
Following the 2013 inaugural launch of the Gospel Vision of the Arts scholarship, Deseret Book Company joined with inspirational artists in offering new original works of art that were auctioned through eBay. Last year's scholarship auction provided four deserving art students with $1,500 each. This year over $14,000 was raised through the auction.
Artists were given 5"x5" panels to create their works upon, which were then mounted in handmade frames provided by Art City Frame Company of Springville, Utah. Because of their smaller size, these artworks were not only compelling to seasoned collectors, but allowed art appreciators at every level to acquire a piece from their favorite artist.
"There’s little doubt that entertainment can be worthwhile, fun, and exciting. But when it is over, entertainment very often leaves us no better than it found us. Art, on the other hand, does not try to only entertain us. It tries to teach us and stretch us; it can lift our spirits and even make us better," says art concierge for the City Creek Deseret Book, Linda Howard, when discussing why the scholarship was created. All 30 works of art hung in her downtown Salt Lake City location until the auction closed in February.
The scholarship application and list of artists involved are available online. Applications for the scholarship will be accepted through March 28, and the winner(s) will be announced April 18 of this year.
About Deseret Book Company:
Deseret Book Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, the holding company for business firms owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. Deseret Book is a profitmaking Utah corporation. Deseret Book is committed to supporting the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by providing scriptures, books, music, and other quality products that strengthen individuals, families, and our society.
Product Director of Fine Art
Deseret Book Company