About the Author

Herman du Toit was born in South Africa and is the former head of audience education and research at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah. He has enjoyed an extensive career as an art educator, curator, administrator, critic, and author, both locally and abroad. He was director (dean) of the school of fine arts at the former Natal Technikon (Durban University of Technology) in South Africa, and holds postgraduate degrees in art history, studio art, and sociology of education from the former University of Natal. At BYU he completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership and was awarded a J.Paul Getty Fellowship for his Ph.D. study of the finest interpretive practices at some of America’s leading art museums.

Du Toit was founder and convener of BYU’s biennial Art, Belief, and Meaning Symposium and has edited and authored numerous books and articles including Art and Spirituality: The Visual Culture of Christian Faith (BYU: Studies2008) and Pageants and Processions: Image and Idiom as Spectacle (Cambridge Scholars, 2009).

He and his wife Sandy live in Provo, Utah. They have four married children and fourteen grandchildren. Brother Du Toit serves as first counselor in the stake presidency of the Provo Utah Bonneville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.