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Bethanne Andersen

Your Angel Has a Name

May 7, 2021 – September 2, 2021

Auditorium Gallery, level 1

This is a group of images for a to be published children’s book with a title of YOUR ANGEL HAS A NAME. It a type of an ABC book, but the images depict both easily identifiable and hidden subjects of a certain letter of the alphabet. Each person in the illustrations is different and distinct in style, manner, attitude, and activity. Each is a guardian angel of a person on earth and the angel brings to that assignment her individuality, which, presumably, influences her living counterpart to respond to the invisible personality she can feel nearby. It is party fantasy, but is meant to recognize that if there are guardian angels out there, here are probably robust ones who lived their own lives in unique and fanciful ways. Their lives are continuing through their charges whom they help, guide, promote and encourage. Your guardian angel is always on your side and enjoying it almost as much as living.

Bethanne Andersen is an illustrator, painter, and recently retired professor of illustration in the Department of Design at Brigham Young University. She graduated from BYU with a BFA in painting and an MFA in painting and drawing. She also studied with a scholarship at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in the MFA program in Illustration and at the Florence Academy of Art and with Anthony Ryder in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has illustrated 13 children’s books and has won the Boston Globe-Horn book honor, the Jane Adam’s Children’s Book Award for Peace from the United Nation, the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, and the Southwest Library Association’s Best Children’s Book Award. Her work has been featured twice in the Society of Illustrators Original Show and in Communication Arts. She exhibited in many national shows and is featured in museums and private collections.