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Alma Brockerman Wright
LDS College, University of Utah, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Academy Colarossi painting
(Salt Lake City, Utah, 1875 - 1952, Le Bugue, France)
Alma Brockerman Wright, b. November 22; d. December 5, is of Salt Lake City, Utah and Le Bugue, France. He was born and raised on the same city block as Lee Greene Richards (q.v.) and Mahonri Young (q.v.), and became a fellow exhibitor in early-century Paris Salons with them. In the 1880s, Wright began studying with George Ottinger (q.v.), then went to school at LDS College, the University of Utah, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academy Colarossi in Paris. Developing a rather admirable "Whistlerian" portrait style, Wright also became the painter of very pleasing and rather distinctive landscape scenes as well as some fine and interesting murals in Utah and in Mormon temples elsewhere. Returning from Europe in 1904, he became an entirely successful art professor and department chair at Brigham Young College in Logan, then LDS College, and finally the U of U in 1931. The highly respected A.B. Wright was an extremely active and enterprising head of the U of U art program; but during his prime in 1937-38, he was forced to retire from the university for undisclosed reasons. This talented painter and teacher then went to France, never to return to this area.