Elbert Hindley Eastmond

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Elbert Hindley Eastmond
Elbert Hindley Eastmond was born on June 1, 1876 to Thomas J. and Esther Hindley Eastmond in American Fork, Utah. He attended Pratt Institute in New York and received his teacher's diploma in 1902. his graduate studies included work at several major universities as well as travel in Europe.
1916 art class taught by Professor Elbert H. Eastmond, right
After two years of supervising art and manual training in Utah County Schools, he became the head of the Art Department at Brigham Young University. He held this position for thirty-two years, until his death on August 17, 1936.

He married Margaret C. Hull on April 2, 1913 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have two sons: Thomas H., a commercial artist, and E. John, a former professor of physics at BYU.

Throughout his life, he gained a national reputation as a creator and director of pageants. In 1930, he staged the LDS Church Centennial Pageant in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. he also directed the pagent for the dedication of the Hill Cumorah Monument in Palmyra, New York in 1935.

He has exhibited paintings and etchings all throughout the United States. His art also extended to water color, oil painting, sketching, block printing, charcoal and photography.

The Elbert H. Eastmond Art Seminar Room, located at A-410 of the Harris Fine Arts Center, was designed for short showings of a broad variety of art works, including many student art shows. It is still used for classes and meetings.

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