Valerie Atkisson lived all over the United States while growing up. When asked where she was from she would reply, “Everywhere.” As an artist she realized that she did not have a location that she was from, but she knew a great deal about whom she was from. Thus was born a body of work that explored her identity. This exploration took her back 2000 years in time, across continents and discovery of forgotten stories, dates and people. Her work has been shown at numerous museums and galleries all over the country. She lived in New York City for ten years after graduating from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with her Masters of Fine Arts. She currently lives in Utah and loves it.




MFA, 1998, Studio Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BFA, 1996, Painting, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT


Writ and Vision, “Seer” Provo, 2016
Haven Gallery, “Descendency,” Bronx, NY, 2005
Joseph Smith Memorial Building, “Family Search,” 2002 Olympics, Salt Lake City, UT, 2002
Queens Museum of Art, “Family in Norway,” Queens, NY, 2000
Artists Space, “Family History Wall,” Project Room 2, New York, NY, 1999
LDS Business College, “Recent Works,” Salt Lake City, UT 1997
Hoeksema Gallery, “Recent Works,” Grand Haven, MI, 1996
Grand Haven Community Center, “Recent Works,” Grand Haven, MI, 1996
Brimhall Gallery, “On A Bridge Under A Linden Tree,” Provo, UT, 1996


Church History Museum, “Stories of Jesus”, Salt Lake City, UT, 2015
Writ and Vision, “Sketchbook”, Provo, UT, 2015
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, “Church and State”, Salt Lake City, UT, 2015
Writ and Vision, “Maternal Lines – an Exhibition of Mormon Women Artists”, Provo, 2015
Rio Gallery, “Plural & Partial”, Salt Lake City, UT, 2014
Nox Contemporary, “Alternative Genres”, Salt Lake City, UT, 2012
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, “Lawn Gnomes Eat Your Hearts Out”, Salt Lake City, UT, 2011
Brigham Young University Museum of Fine Art, “Mirror Mirror” Provo, UT, 2009
Sego Art Center, “Virtual Identities, Real Space,” Provo, Utah 2008
Sego Art Center, “Genesis,” Provo, Utah 2008
Merce Cunningham Studio, “Sydney Ann’s Apple,” Modern Dance Collaboration, New York, NY, 2007
Bronx River Art Center, “Bronx Sculpture Now,” Bronx, NY, 2005
Visual Arts Gallery, “Beginning Here: 101 Ways Distinguished Alumni From SVA,” New York, NY, 2004
Longwood Gallery, “Cyber_folio,” Bronx, NY, 2004
City Without Walls, “Limit Edge,” Newark, NJ, 2004
Hudson Clearing, “Colony,” New York, NY, 2004
Hostos Gallery, “Cyber_folio,” Bronx, NY, 2004
Storage Art Space, “Identify,” Bronx, NY, 2004
D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center (DAC), “Bits and Pieces,” Brooklyn, NY, 2003
Storage Art Space, “Salon de Bronx,” Bronx, NY, 2003
Brigham Young University Museum of Art, “Past Tense,” Provo, UT, 2002
Cynthia Broan Gallery, “Barometer,” New York, NY, 2002
Norwegian Seaman’s Church, “Trygve Lie Gallery Benefit Auction,” New York, NY, 2002
Free Gallery, “Majority Rules! Part 1,” Glasgow, Scotland, 2002
Longwood Gallery, “Memory,” Bronx, NY, 2001
Raw Space, “August Art,” New York, NY, 2001
D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center (DAC), “Bridges,” Brooklyn, NY, 2000
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, “Good Business Is the Best Art: Twenty Years of the Artist in the Marketplace Program,” Bronx, NY, 2000
New York Arts, “Duchamp Traveling Exhibition,” Bremen, Germany, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Lodz, Poland, 2000
Mormon Arts Festival, “Group Show,” New York, NY, 2000
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, “Artists in the Market Place,” Bronx, NY, 1999
Richard Anderson Fine Arts, “The Passion/Passions of Art,” New York, NY, 1999
Editions Gallery at Dieu Donne Paper Mill, “Y2KAOFF,” New York, NY, 1999
“LDStival,” Bull Run, Virginia, 1999
MAG Exhibition, “An Alternative Space,” New York, NY, 1999
Visual Arts Gallery, “Special Projects,” New York, NY, 1998
Artist’s Space, “Night of 1000 Drawings,” New York, NY, 1998
Art 870, New York, NY, 1998
School of Visual Arts, “Open Studio,” SVA, New York, NY, 1997
Grey Gallery, New York University, “Small Works Show,” New York, NY, 1998
Grand Rapids Museum of Art “Festival,” Grand Rapids, MI 1996


Merit Award, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2015
BRIO, Bronx Council of the Arts, Bronx, NY, 2004
Longwood Cyber Residency, Bronx, NY, 2002
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, New York, NY, 1999
Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx, NY, 1999
Office of Research and Creative Studies, BYU, Provo, UT, 1996


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
BYU Museum of Art
BYU Library
Glen and Marcia Nelson
Jack Tilton
Susan and Michael Hort


Geoff Wichert, “Plural and Partial,” 15 Bytes, April 3rd, 2014
Sara Israelsen-Hartley, “BYU Art Exhibit Evokes Questions About Identity,” Deseret News, Nov. 14, 2009: sec E p. 3
Josh Probert, “The Family History Artworks of Valerie Atkisson,” BYU Studies, vol. 45, no. 3, p. 100-123, 2006.
Glen Nelson, “Mormon Artists Group: Adventures in Art Making,” Dialogue, vol. 39. no. 3. p.115 130, 2006.
Holland Cotter, “The New Bridge and Tunnel Crowd,” The New York Times, March 13, 2005: sec 2 p. 1.
Carrie A. Moore, “LDS Composers Engrossed in Writing Pieces Set to Art,” Deseret News, Jan 1, 2005.
Rose Dall, “Mormoniana,”, Nov. 16, 2004.
Roberta Smith, “Colony,” The New York Times, April 9, 2004: sec E, p. 37.
Carrie A. Moore, “New York City’s LDS Artists Unite,” Deseret News, February. 8, 2003: sec E p.1.
Kathleen Baxter, “All in the Family,” American Artist, Jan. 2002 vol.66, No.714, p. 56, 57.
Honoring Our Ancestors, Megan Smolenyak, Ancestry Publishing, Orem, UT. 2002 p.140-141.
Amy Howell, “An Artist’s Story,” Exponent II, Spring 2001 vol. 24, No.3, p. 27.
Holland Cotter, “A Showcase for Emerging Talent Nurtured Within the Same Environment,”
The New York Times, May 12, 2000: sec. E, p. 35.
“The Norwegian Family Tree,” Queens Tribune, Dec 6, 2000, vol. 30, No. 48, p. 31.
“New Perspectives, Roots and Art Glass on Exhibit at QMA,” Queens Gazette, Nov. 1, 2000: p. 63.
Holland Cotter, “Artists in the Marketplace 19th Annual Exhibition,” The New York Times, July 23, 1999: sec E, p. 35.
NYArts Album, “Artists in the Marketplace,” Vol. IV no. 8 (September 1999): p. 56.
Claudia Gould, “Letter from the Director,” Artist Space, Sept.-Nov., 1999, 1/Vol 6/NYC.
Roger Green, Detroit Free Press, July 1996.


Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2006
The Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City, UT, 2006
Mormon History Association Conference, Casper, WY, 2006
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, “Past Tense,” 2002
Pratt School of the Arts, Brooklyn, NY, “Technology, information, in a visual manifestation,” 2000
New York Family History Conference, New York, NY, “Art and Family History,” 2000
New York Family History Conference, New York, NY, “Art and Family History,” 1999