Conan E. Mathews
Mathews taught at the California School of Fine Arts and served as associate professor of art at the College of Idaho. He was also the head of the Art Department and Academic Dean of Boise Junior College.Mathews succeeded J.R. Andrus as the chair of the BYU Department of Art in 1954, and served until 1960. He later served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1959 to 1966. A painter and art historian, Mathews brought high professional skills and a deep regard for individual integrity to the position. His prior leadership experience helped him to prepare for this role. Mathews was instrumental in acquiring a permanent art collection for the University, including paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt.
The Harris Fine Arts Center was constructed during Mathews' tenure as dean and proved pivotal to the subsequent development of the College of Fine Arts. Additionally, in 1963, the Department of Communications joined the College of Fine Arts and the college was renamed to the College of Fine Arts and Communications.
He served as dean until 1966, when he retired because of illness, and was succeeded by Clawson Cannon. Mathews passed away in October 1972.
- What is Humanistic About Modern Art?, BYU Studies. (Written when Mathews was Chair of the Department of Visual Arts)
- Art and the Church, BYU Studies 58 (17), Winter 1961, pp. 3-7. (Written when Mathews was Dean of the College of Fine Arts)]
- Wilkinson, Ernest Brigham Young University: The First One Hundred Years Brigham Young University Press, 1976.