Correlating Orthodoxy and Style: A Conversation with Noel A. Carmack

March 15, 2024

In this episode, we sit down with author Noel A. Carmack, discussing his illuminating article from the Winter 2023 issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Join us as we unravel the complexities of “Correlating Orthodoxy and Style: Institutionally “Approved” Christ-Centered Art in LDS Visual Resources and Meetinghouses, 1990–2021.”

🖼️ Explore the rich history of religious imagery in Latter-day Saint worship, from the early Church’s use of paintings and illustrations to the intricate decorations in meetinghouses. Carmack delves into the evolution of visual culture, revealing the Church’s efforts to shape its image through official artwork and graphic designs. 🔍 Discover how the Church’s correlation efforts have played a pivotal role in curating a body of “approved” Christ-centered images, influencing both printed publications and digital media. Carmack’s insightful analysis sheds light on the intersection of art, doctrine, and institutional authority.

👨‍🎨 About the Author: Noel A. Carmack, Assistant Professor of Art at USU Eastern in Price, Utah, brings a wealth of expertise to the discussion. With a background in illustration and drawing/painting, Carmack has extensively researched the visual art and culture of nineteenth-century Mormonism. His work has been featured in BYU Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Utah Historical Quarterly, and the Journal of Mormon History.

🎧 Don’t miss this captivating episode as we navigate the corridors of Mormon visual culture, exploring the interplay between tradition, innovation, and institutional influence. Subscribe now and join the dialogue! #DialogueOutLoud #MormonArt #VisualCulture #Podcast 🎨