Floyd Emil Breinholt

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Floyd Emil Breinholt (1915-1997) was born Christmas Day in Ephraim, Utah, to Wilford L. and Jenny Marie Breinholt. On June 12, 1939 he married Tess E. Tidwell in the Manti, Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the couple had four children. Tess preceded him in death in 1975. Late in 1976 Floyd married Claudia Young Duerden in the Provo Temple, and he gained four step-children.

Breinholt was educated at Snow College, where he served as student body president, and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1937 with a degree in Economics. Floyd also studied art under teachers such as B.F. Larsen and Elbert Eastmond. After completing his bachelor's degree he continued his art studies at the Art Center School (Los Angeles) and at the Art Students League (New York). He later returned to BYU and completed a Master of Education degree in 1953.

Always an educator, Breinholt taught at junior and senior high schools in Utah and was the principal of Joaquin Elementary in Provo. He later joined the Art faculty at BYU in 1961 and taught as a professor for over twenty years. While at BYU he also served as the department chair of the Visual Arts Department from 1970-1971.

After retiring in 1981, Floyd continued to paint and teach, holding workshops and instructing at BYU's Education Week for many years. He also remained active in the art and education communities and served as president of the Utah Art Educators Association, the Provo Education Association, and the Provo Art Board, along with positions in other state and national educational organizations.

Breinholt owned a studio in Provo and in Kayenta, near St. George, Utah. His art has been shown in over 33 one-man shows and can be seen in museums, schools, churches, public buildings, and numerous private collections around the world.

At the age of 81, Breinholt passed away on January 29, 1997, from the effects of cancer.


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