French Artist to Shed Light on Illumination

October 17, 2003

OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State University Department of Visual Arts will sponsor "The Art of Illumination," a lecture by artist Richard Leray at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Lindquist Lecture Hall in the Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center. The presentation is free to the public.

Leray, from Fontevraud l'Abbaye, France, is one of a small number of artists and master craftsmen in the rediscovered medieval art of stencil manuscript illumination.  The art form predates the printing press, when publishing a book involved calligraphy and eventually decoration – created through illumination. Quills, brushes, natural pigment, glues and surfaces like pure cotton were used to ensure the permanence of these works.

Leray has created many illuminated pages including the first-ever illuminate page for the Book of Mormon.  His work has been exhibited widely in Europe and has received prestigious awards from French and Israeli arts communities.

Grants from the Browning Lead Trust, the Utah Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Utah Office of Museum Services helped to support this event.

For more information, visit or call 801-626-6420.

Vera Knauer, Kimball Visual Arts Center outreach coordinator

801-626-7689 ·


Vera Knauer, Kimball Visual Arts Center outreach coordinator

801-626-7689 ·

Weber State UniversityOgden, Utah 84408

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