GayLynn Pettersen Ribeira
As the capstone to her studies, Ribeira traveled to Ghana during the Spring of 2006, to document the faith and sacrifices of the pioneering saints in Africa. The trip was chaperoned by Richard D. Hull, a faculty mentor. Classmates Jesse Bushnell, Emmalee R. Glauser and Angela Nelson also participated in the trip. Paintings inspired by the trip were displayed in the B.F. Larsen Gallery during fall 2007, and the artists were invited to discuss their work as part of BYU Women's Conference 2008.
In 2007, Ribeira was awarded an Oscarson Discovery Grant which enabled her to relocate to New York to intern with painter Gianni Monteleone. In 2009, Ribeira received a purchase award for her painting, "Bring Up Your Children in Light and Truth" in the 8th International Art Competition. Her painting was featured on cover of the March 2010 Ensign.
In 2010, Ribeira won third place in the 1st Annual Pioneer Heritage Foundation's art competition for her portrait of the influential California pioneer, Samuel Brannan. She currently resides in Northern California and is working as a portrait painter and gallery artist. For more information please visit her website here.