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Book of Mormon Central Art Contest 2019
Illuminate the Book of Mormon: 2019 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest

2019 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest: Illuminate the Book of Mormon

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Book of Mormon Art Contest.

First Place

The Maidservant of Morianton Tells All by Sheridan Bronson

oil painting

In Alma 50:30, a female servant flees from the abuse of Morianton, who is on the brink of waging war to wrongfully claim a piece of land in the city of Lehi. The unnamed woman who reveals Morianton's plans to Moroni is only briefly mentioned, but in the verses following her introduction, it's made clear that had she not escaped and "told Moroni all things," the actions of Morianton and his people would have created circumstances that would have "lead to the overthrow of [the Nephites'] liberty."

Of this story Sheridan shares, “I love this woman who escaped from abuse and trusted that if she came to Moroni's camp for help and to give essential information, she would be listened to and cared for. We don't even know her name or anything else about her, but the people of Moroni were saved from a terrible future by her bravery.”

Sheridan is an artist driven by a desire to recognize and share the beautiful things in life with those around her. She adores the hidden, unnoticed, and seemingly small things of the world, from the people who silently shape history to the internal workings and battles raging in every person. Sheridan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from Brigham Young University and lives in South Jordan where she teaches piano lessons and creates artwork.

Second Place

Abish and the Queen by Carol Dunford Jackman

Sculpture 32” tall by 35” wide and 21” deep

Abish and the Queen is taken from Alma 19 in the Book of Mormon. Abish is one of the three named females in the Book of Mormon who is also not found in the bible. She was a Lamanite. Abish was true to the Lord and valiant in her testimony of him. This is the one instance in the scriptures of a woman raising another woman [the Lamanite Queen, the wife of Lamoni].

Carol Dunford Jackman is a Utah native. She has a BA degree from Brigham Young University. Sculpture is her favorite art medium. She states the following, "In my work, I strive to portray the joy and reverence I feel for God’s creations, for life, and for the creative process. All art is created not only through what one observes, but also by their deep spiritual response to it. It is hoped the viewer will be moved in the same way."

Third Place

There you shall meet them, on the East of the River Sidon by Caleb Williams

Ink and pencil

This piece tries to capture the heroic style of romantic period war scenes, often placing notable figures as the centerpiece. The drawing captures the ruthlessness of war and the overwhelming advance of the Lamanite army, while still portraying the Nephite army as strong and steadfast. It is meant to capture a righteous army of God and its noble attempt to defend freedom and life.

Caleb Williams is currently serving as a full-time missionary in the Japan Tokyo North Mission, from which he will return in August 2019. He has loved art since he was young, and has fused that passion with a love for the scriptures. Upon returning home he will begin studies at Brigham Young University in the fall.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention — Youth Division

Nathan Holt
Felipe Quezada Jarpa
Thomas Utreras Gatica
Ethan Ahlstrom
Nathaniel Wells

About the Contest

New submission deadline: Saturday, July 6, at 11:59 p.m.

While hundreds of artists throughout the years have masterfully depicted scenes from the Book of Mormon, there are still dozens of Book of Mormon tales that need their stories told through visual art.

Help Book of Mormon Central illuminate the Book of Mormon by submitting your art of the Book of Mormon’s unsung heros and stories. Your art may be selected to illustrate the Book of Mormon in the upcoming ScripturePlus app.


First Place: $500
Second Place: $350
Third Place: $200

Submission Deadline

Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

This year’s winners will be announced at the 2019 FairMormon Conference.

Requested Artwork Themes

In our quest to cultivate artwork of the Book of Mormon's unsung heroes, we have determined that the following chapters in the Book of Mormon have been historically underappreciated. While not required, we would appreciate artists of all ages and skill levels to try their hand at depicting some aspect of one of these chapters. We hope that you can help us fill the entire Book of Mormon with beautiful images that illuminate the mind and spirit.

  • 1 Nephi 6
  • 1 Nephi 9
  • 1 Nephi 21
  • 2 Nephi 12
  • 2 Nephi 14
  • 2 Nephi 16
  • 2 Nephi 18
  • 2 Nephi 21
  • 2 Nephi 22
  • 2 Nephi 23
  • 2 Nephi 24
  • 2 Nephi 28
  • 2 Nephi 30
  • 2 Nephi 32
  • Jacob 7
  • Mosiah 5
  • Alma 1
  • Alma 3
  • Alma 6
  • Alma 13
  • Alma 16
  • Alma 29
  • Alma 38
  • Alma 39
  • Alma 41
  • Alma 44
  • Alma 51
  • Alma 52
  • Alma 54
  • Alma 55
  • Alma 61
  • Alma 63
  • Helaman 2
  • Helaman 4
  • Helaman 8
  • Helaman 9
  • Helaman 11
  • 3 Nephi 2
  • 3 Nephi 7
  • 3 Nephi 8
  • 3 Nephi 9
  • 3 Nephi 29
  • Mormon 5
  • Ether 5
  • Ether 6
  • Ether 7
  • Moroni 9

Printable Art Contest Poster

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