In a post on his personal blog last week, Ben Crowder has announced that Mormon Artist will be shut down after the next issue, #16. Mormon Artist began just three years ago as an online magazine covering the arts by and for Mormons. Crowder says that the publication’s goal was to show that “there’s a lot more going on in the Latter-day Saint arts world than many of us realized.”
I believe that Mormon Artist has indeed shown that this is true. But shouldn’t the goal be something more? While we do have a few literary publications, I don’t think there is any other publication comparable to Mormon Artist. In particular, the Mormon visual arts have no other publication, as far as I know.
Crowder does hint that some of his editors plan another publication. Lets hope what they have in mind can take the place of Mormon Artist. And that their goal is something more than just showing that Mormon Arts are significant.