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Education in Zion Gallery celebrates new Cosmo the Cougar exhibit with event Aug. 30

The Education in Zion Gallery at the Joseph F. Smith Building on the Brigham Young University campus will be opening a new photography exhibition titled “Cosmo: The Credentials of a Cougar” celebrating BYU's mascot Thursday, Aug. 30.

Located at the base of the spiral staircase in the Joseph F. Smith Building, the exhibition will be celebrated with a grand opening from 3 to 6 p.m. Visitors will be welcomed with a scoop of Cosmo Crunch ice cream from the BYU Creamery and a photo opportunity with Cosmo himself. The public is welcome, and admission is free.

The event will end with plenty of time for visitors to make their way to LaVell Edwards Stadium for the first football game of the season with a scheduled kickoff at 8:15 p.m.

Visitors who tour the entire Education in Zion Gallery, located upstairs from the Cosmo exhibition, will be given a small keepsake.

“The exhibition puts a whole new spin on the way I think about the Aims of a BYU Education, as well as the versatile life of our mascot,” said Marie Bates, a student research assistant who has been working on the exhibition. “It really makes me think about how I personally can live the aims more fully, as well as how awesome Cosmo is.”  

Dan Shirley is the student designer for the exhibition. “Working on this exhibition has been a new experience for me,” he said. “I had never done exhibition design before, but it's been fun to figure out how to get people engaged with the material in a three-dimensional space while communicating the purpose of the exhibit.”

For more information about the Education in Zion Gallery visit or contact curator Heather Seferovich at (801) 422-3451.

Writer: Preston Wittwer

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