Utah State University Eastern welcomed sculpture Todd Young to the East Gallery to showcase his ceramic work during an opening reception last week. During this presentation of Young’s work, other artist’s artwork could also be found along the walls. However, Young’s work was featured and also available for purchase.
Todd Young grew up in Price and spoke proudly of his father and mentor, James L. Young. When Todd graduated from Carbon High, he received scholarships that would help him pursue his passion for art. After he graduated with his associates degree at CEU, now USUE, he continued down his artistic path into Brigham Young University.
During his years attending BYU, he officially decided that he wanted to become an art educator. He received his teaching degree and moved his family to Syracuse to teach art at Northridge High School in Layton. He taught there for 14 years and then moved his teaching to Syracuse High for the last 12 years. Young was happy about that particular move due to being able to teach his three sons in their high school experience.
Not only has Young had his work featured throughout the state of Utah, but also nationally. He has also been recognized as “an outstanding educator by being a Hall of Fame Educator” and was “Best of Davis Educator” in the Davis School District this past year.
Young became very sentimental and emotional while talking about his father, who was his mentor for 44 years. He was very close with his father, which his mother can attest to, and is tremendously grateful for what he was taught. He mentioned that art was something they could do together and also learn new things about sculpting. Young had a couple stories to share about experiences with his father and the father-son relationship they shared.
His art will be exhibited at the Gallery East at USU E until March 8. The doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are closed weekends and holidays.