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Von Allen

Von Allen was born in Union City, Pennsylvania in 1950. She is a faculty member at Brigham Young University and an artist known for her organically abstract sculpture.  She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Allen studied at Edinboro State College in Edinboro, Pennsylvania (BA, 1973; MA, 1976); she later earned an MFA in ceramics at Syracuse University in New York (1984).  She joined the faculty at BYU in 1984 as associate professor and head of the ceramics program.  Her large vertical ceramic sculptures which previously consisted of nonrepresentational images have evolved to include elements of an anatomical form. 

Allen's work was featured in Women Artist of Utah exhibition in Springville, Utah. Her sculpture Kourous III ( Youth III) is a dynamic frontal nude. Spiral Lapse (1989) is another example of her work.

Biographical information on this page was adapted from Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, December 3, 1989. 
"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, November 25, 1990. 
"Art notes: Exhibit Moves from Festival to Art Center." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 30, 1991. 
"Art Lovers Say Utah's Outdoor Sculptures Stand in Need of Relief From Ravages of Time, Neglect." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 21, 1993. 
"Art within 'Proximity'." The Deseret News, December 14, 2003. 
"Artists Dip Into Bag of Tricks and Pull Out Unexpected Styles." The Deseret News, May 28, 1989. 
"Brigham Young University Show Spotlights Art Faculty Diversity." The Deseret News, January 29, 1989. 
"Lectures, Talks Accompany Rodin Exhibit." The Salt Lake Tribune, July 12, 1992. 
"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, October 7, 2001.


H. W. Wilson Co. A Cumulative Index to Biographical Material in Books and Magazines. Vol. 18: September, 1992- August, 1993. New York, NY: H.W. Wilson Co., 1993.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, Donna Poulton and Janie L. Rogers. 150 Year Survey Utah Art & Artists. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2002.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Art. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishing Co, 1991.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Painting and Sculpture. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1997.

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