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James A. Mason

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James A. Mason, former dean and Museum of Art director, graduated from Brigham Young University with both a Bachelor of Arts (1955) and a Master of Arts (1957) in Music. He went on to teach at Brigham Young High School for five years, after which he transferred to the BYU Music Department. While there he taught music education courses and supervised student teaching.

He filled multiple administrative positions at BYU, spending 11 of his 40 years as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications from 1982 to 1993. During that time he oversaw the construction of BYU’s Museum of Art and served as its first director upon completion of tenure as a dean.

In 2000, Mason received the Distinguished Service Award from BYU. In 2002, he was also recognized by the College of Fine Arts and Communications with the Franklin S. Harris Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the arts.

James A. Mason passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014.

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James Mason in front of the Museum of Art, which he helped establish


Jeff Whiting

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Jeff V. Whiting is a Brigham Young University graduate from the Music Dance Theatre Program.

In 2013, Whiting created Stage Write Software, an application designed for making theatre and dance design easier through the iPad. The app allows directors to replace the cumbersome paper "Show Bibles" with an electronic copy of all the needed paperwork and background files on a play or attraction. Stage Write Software also allows directors to design simple and clear stage directions for actors, music, and scenery. Apple selected Whiting and Stage Write, with the five other prestigious apps, to highlight on their annual documentary of the apps of the year.


To read more on Stage Write, click here. To view Jeff Whiting's full wiki page, click here.


Dustin Locke

Dustin R. Locke currently studies Communications at Brigham Young University.
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Locke served as a creative director in 2013 for BYU's video submission in the Hyundai Lens of Loyalty competition. Our video, BYU Fans Loyalty, won first place out of the 7 finalists.

In 2014, Locke co-founded Selfie Police, whose cause is to promote donating money to third world country college students when someone uses social media to post a selfie, or picture of themselves.


Locke's full wiki page can be seen here. To view more of Locke's works, visit his artistic domain here.

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The Purposes of the Wiki

Fine Arts Faculty, 1925.


1. To create a record of the organizational roots of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University and its departments, places, significant events, professors, students, alumni, friends, and benefactors – and how they have contributed over time toward fulfilling the mission of Brigham Young University.


2. To provide a forum in which college alumni can record their contributions and performances; their experiences with teaching and learning; the ways in which they were mentored and influenced as students in this college, and how they are using their acquired skills to further their careers.


3. To recognize all who have been associated with the college who have made significant, national and international contributions to their fields.


4. To allow those who have been associated with the college over the years to be co-authors and collaborators in writing the college history.

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