Francis R. Magleby

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Francis "Frank" R. Magleby was born in 1928 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. His family moved to Portland, Oregon, when Magleby was six. From his youth he had an interest in art. Magleby studied and worked as a painter for most of his life. Magleby resided in Provo, Utah with his wife, Mildred Elizabeth. In 1994 the couple served a service mission for the LDS Church. As an artist missionary couple, they traveled throughout the US, great Britain, and China. Magleby completed 24 paintings for temples in Hong Kong, London, Orlando, San Diego, Boston, Nashville, and others. Since the completion of their mission, he also finished paintings for temples in Spain, the Dominican Republic, and South America. He also worked with a team of six artists doing murals and paintings for the Nauvoo, Illinois temple. Frank Magleby passed away in December of 2013.


As a young man, Magelby received a scholarship to the Portland Art Museum School and a trip to NYC as the winner of an art contest sponsored by Northwest Airlines.

Frank attended BYU on a football scholarship and studied art, receiving both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in the subject. His summers were spent in Vermont, studying and painting with his uncle, renowned artist W. Dean Fausett.

From 1952-1954 Magleby was an Army photographer and in that capacity had the opportunity to study great works of art in Italy and throughout Europe. When he returned from abroad he studied at the American Artists School and the Art Students League in NYC. He was accepted as a member of the Grand Central Art Galleries and has been honored with one-man shows at Grand Central and at the Southern Vermont Center in Manchester, Vermont.

In 1969 Magleby received his Doctorate in Art Education from Columbia University in New York while he was teaching at BYU.


In 1959 Magleby joined the Visual Arts Faculty at BYU, where he worked for 33 years before receiving emeritus status. In addition to teaching, Magleby served as the director of the B.F. Larsen Gallery on campus from 1962-1969.

Magleby has been recognized for his realistic style, which relies on the eastern United States' tradition of tight details and glazes.

In 2006 Magleby’s painting, Last Crossing of the North Platte, Fort Casper, was featured as part of Sweetwater Rescue: The Willie and Martin Handcart Story. Sweetwater Resuce was a documentary and book, distributed through Covenant Communications and Groberg Films.

Dr. Magleby's works are found in private and public collections throughout the United States, including many works purchased by the LDS Church for its offices, museums, and temples. While at BYU he also completed a large mural of Glacier National Park for display in the Monte L. Bean Museum's bear diorama. He choose to paint landscapes because nature is so vital to the visual world. Magleby enjoyed roaming the back roads of America seeking inspiration. In 2013 his dedication to the field of art was honored at the SCERA Center for the Arts' annual "Gala of Stars" event.


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