BYU art history students host trunk-or-treat art sale

Local artist smiles next to her display of art for sale at trunk-or-treat style art sale. The event was put together by Art History students as a capstone project. (Makenzie Gudmundson)

The BYU Museum of Art’s parking lot was repurposed for a trunk-or-treat on Oct. 24, and there were no tricks or treats involved in the evening — each car featured the work of local artists for sale.

The event, known as the BYU Art CAR-nival, was the class capstone project for ARTHC 487, an upper-level art history class for those on the business track, event organizer Cheyenne Crane said.

Candace Brown, who handled artist outreach for the night, said their goal was to help students start collecting their own art and making relationships with local artists.

Local artist looks away while sitting next to her art display. The event was put together by Art History students as a capstone project. (Makenzie Gudmundson)

“Original artwork is usually really expensive, so we wanted to give students who are typically low-income the opportunity to have their own artwork,” Crane said.

Around 30 artists displayed and sold their art, ranging from shoes, clothes and jewelry, to books and paintings. 

“We were a little bit worried but it turned out better than we expected for sure,” said Camille Critchfield, another student organizer, of the carnival’s turnout.

BYU illustration alumna and artist Megan Adams brought a collection of her work which she also sells online. “I love coming to these sort of events to sell my art,” she said. “I love talking to people and meeting them. It’s fun to see all these local artists come out and support one another, and just see what other people are working on”.

Adams described her art style as a combination of a Barbie Dream House and Where’s Waldo and likes to apply her art style to well-loved worlds and stories such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Hocus Pocus, to “create a world you can step into and be a part of, within the art.”

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