Skip to main content
Intellect

John Telford named chair of BYU Visual Arts Department

John Telford, a professor of photography at Brigham Young University, has been named chair of the Department of Visual Arts of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

He replaces Mark Johnson, who is returning to full-time teaching after serving as department chair for six years.

"John possesses an unusual blend of artistic, motivational and managerial talents. He is a superb student mentor, understands faculty and student needs, and has earned respect and acclaim through his exemplary artistic work," said K. Newell Dayley, associate academic vice president and dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

Telford is a native Utahan and has been making photographs of the landscape and environment for nearly 25 years.

"His natural attention to detail will help the department grow in unity and purpose," Dayley said.

Telford's photographs have been published extensively, including more than 50 cover photographs, and exhibited in more than 60 national and international shows. His works are included in numerous public and private collections.

"Coyote's Canyon," with photographs by Telford and stories by Terry Tempest Williams, was published in 1989 by Peregrine Smith Books. Two additional books, "Shadows of Time, The Geology of Bryce Canyon National Park" and "Lake Powell, A Different Light," were released in the fall of 1994. "Utah: A Portrait" with text by William B. Smart, a celebration of Utah's unique and diverse beauty, was published in conjunction with the statehood centennial celebration in 1996.

Since the book "Nauvoo" was originally published by Deseret Book in 1997, a project co-authored by Susan Easton Black and Kim C. Averett, he has completed two additional books on Nauvoo: "Nauvoo: The City Beautiful" and "The Nauvoo Temple: Jewel of the Mississippi."

He collaborated with Black on "In the Footsteps of Jesus: Images of the Holy Lands," published by Covenant Communications in 1999, and "Salt Lake 2002: An Official Book of the Olympics," released by Shadow Mountain in 2001.

Telford, who received his master of fine arts degree from the University of Utah, was awarded the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award from BYU.

Writer: Elizabeth B. Jensen

Related Articles
data-content-type="article"
July 28, 2021
A team of BYU biologists has been tracking dragonflies around the world, from Vietnam to the islands of Vanuatu. Their goal is to piece together the first-ever phylogenic tree of all 6,300 known species and their ancestors.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"
July 27, 2021
Amy Jensen, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, delivered Tuesday’s forum address. She spoke on why our bodies matter in today’s digital world. More specifically, she explained that being more intentional about how we use and where we place our bodies can help us grow and cultivate a deeper understanding of others.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"
July 25, 2021
New research finds that children who engaged with princess culture were more likely to hold progressive views about women and subscribe less to attitudes of toxic masculinity.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=