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Richard Oman

Richard Oman has lectured many times at Brigham Young University (BYU) on Mormonism and the arts, as well as consulted with the BYU Museum of Art. For many years, he also lectured on Mormon Art to art history honors classes at the University of Utah. Oman served as the Senior Curator and Curator of Acquisitions at the [Latter-day Saints] Church History Museum for 39 years.  This work included drawing up plans to establish the museum, acquisitions, multiple exhibitions, lectures, and advocating to include the visual arts into educational programs of the Church. He currently advises on the use of art and history in the design and furnishing of temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Notably, Oman has assembled a significant archive on Mormon artists. Included are many oral histories that he documented over a period of almost four decades. These materials are now housed in the [Latter-day Saints] Church History Library.

Oman has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to coming to the Salt Lake City, he attended graduate school at the University of Washington and worked at the Seattle Art Museum.