BYU Alumni Association caps centennial activities

With song and dance and an art show, featuring some of its most talented artists, the Brigham Young University Alumni Association is concluding its centennial celebration.

The association was founded in 1893 with George H. Brimhall, who later became president of BYU, as its first president.The final official event of the centennial celebration was the art show, which was on display throughout October. Called "Art Exhibit 100," the display featured the work of more than 100 alumni who are now professional artists.

The "Art Exhibit 100" opened Oct. 1, with Glenna Boyce, president of BYU Alumni Association, cutting the ribbon in the center court of the Harris Fine Arts Center on the BYU campus.

The art exhibit showcased a variety of works from graduates of both the fine arts and design disciplines.

"This is the first time that the majority of our alumni have been invited to participate," said Stephen Barrett, activities director for the association."The works we have received are not only impressive, but also representative of a wide variety of artistic styles," Brother Barrett said.

The alumni association's centennial celebration included a variety of other activities, beginning with the Alumni Centennial Inaugural Gala in January. Since then, there have been more than 20 separate events such as a Tabernacle Choir concert, an alumni lecture series, various dance concerts, BYU Day at Aspen Grove and the current art exhibit.

Founders Day, Oct. 19, included a tribute to George H. Brimhall as part of homecoming week activities.

Many more events celebrating the centennial have been conducted by various alumni association regional councils, according to Brother Barrett. "They've done picnics, lectures, a great variety of things. There was a dinner-dance in Seattle, Wash.; picnics in Boise, Idaho; a Mexican fiesta in Phoenix, Ariz.; an education fair and a variety show in Los Angeles, Calif.; and a whole series of firesides."

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