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A Heritage in Paint

David Dibble

One of the two murals in David Dibble’s the Barn Project depicts his ancestors working on the family farm.

Five generations of Dibbles have lived on the farm where David R. Dibble (BFA ’03) grew up in West Layton, Utah. So when Dibble was contemplating a subject for his master’s thesis project at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the answer came to him clearly: he would paint murals of his ancestors and the farm to hang on the family barn. “This was a way that I could add my piece to that heritage and show others the importance of what had gone on before,” says Dibble.

The two murals of the Barn Project—each 36 feet wide and 9 feet tall—were displayed in the Harold B. Lee Library atrium over the summer months and are the largest pieces ever to be exhibited in the library.