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Provo in an Hour

Steven E. Waggoner

With a portable wooden easel strapped to a backpack frame, illustration major Steven E. Waggoner (’11) explored the city of Provo and sought to capture its people in paint. In all, he painted 50 portraits—each in about an hour—for the series he called “Hour Provo.” Portrait no. 42 (right) was of Todd Glassford, a 15-year veteran of the Provo fire department. “I’ve met a lot of really cool people,” says Waggoner of the experience. “There are a lot of great people here with a lot of diversity of background.” 

Painting WaggonerIn September, about three dozen of Waggoner’s portraits hung in the Harris Fine Arts Center. All 50 were displayed in a downtown Provo gallery in November and were auctioned off, with proceeds going to Provo’s Food and Care Coalition. 

Hour Provo Video

In the time-lapse video below, Waggoner’s hour-long portrait session with Glassford has been condensed to less than 45 seconds. (Photography by Claire Goussard Buys [’10])