Emeritus Museum Director/Development Liaison

Mark Allen Magleby

Mark Magleby (PhD. Ohio State) studies historic European gardens and Contemporary Art. His incomparable muse, Julia Knell Magleby, and their posterity of art/dog lovers, find joy and solace in faith.

Favorite Artwork:

Having many favorites, I honor the lasting value of Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus 29 for its suggestion of the Lord’s Covenant with Noah’s posterity, and Carl Bloch’s “Christ Healing at the Pool of Bethesda” wherein the Sacrificial Son offers Himself for all mankind.

Favorite Part about the MOA:

Daily collaborations with gifted colleagues and = gracious benefactors in the process of acquiring, exhibiting and interpreting life-changing art and ideas.

On April 20, 2021, it was announced that Janalee Emmer would succeed Magleby as Director. Magleby was appointed Emeritus Director and Development Chair.

Museum of Art Director
Director’s Office: 801-422-8257

This is a picture of Mark Magleby.

Photography by Nathalie Van Empel, BYU.

Mark Magleby assumed his role as Museum Director at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art on January 1, 2012, having previously served as a member of the art history faculty (since 1997).

Prior to coming to BYU, Magleby taught art history at both The Ohio State University and Denison University, Ohio. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Art from The Ohio State University, and his B.A. from Brigham Young University.

Magleby specializes in 18th-century art and architecture, 20th-century European art, and contemporary theory and criticism. His scholarship has focused on the influential gardens of Stourhead in England, as well as the creation of a database of English garden history. He co-authored with Leslie Norris Kershisnik: Painting from Life.

Magleby was preceded by Campbell Gray.

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