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There were only two requirements for people submitting their work to the 11th International Art Competition: be at least 18 years old and be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Today, art made by and for religious people is often marginalized, ignored by serious critics, and considered unsaleable by commercial galleries. This is somewhat understandable, given that we no longer live in the Christian monoculture of Renaissance Europe. Fortunately, pockets of religious art continue to thrive and develop across America.

On view through October 7 at Salt Lake City’s Church History Museum, the 11th International Art Competition of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints carries the subtitle . Viewed through the lens of cultural anthropology, this exhibition is a fascinating product of the confluence of belief, traditionalism, experimentation, and cultural appropriation taking place in one of

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