UDAM Teaching Artist; Visual Artist; term
Andrew Kosorok received his BFA & MFA from Brigham Young University in Sculpture, fo- cusing on stained glass and sculptural stained glass, with minors in comparative humani- ties, philosophy, and English. He has worked with stained glass as a designer, builder, con- sultant, and historical restoration specialist for over twenty five years working on projects such as the restoration of the historic Provo Tabernacle and several LDS temples, including the new Provo City Center Temple, churches of many denominations in a number of coun- tries around the world, and thousands of commissions for private homes. He continues to work as a volunteer with many diverse faith and philosophy groups. He has studied tradi- tional artistic construction techniques, received a fellowship to study philosophy of Islamic art in Iran where he is recognized as an honorary mullah, holds certifications in interfaith chaplaincy and alchemy, has studied ancient religions, mysticism, hermeticism, the West- ern mystery schools, traditional healing and spiritualism, and Sufism. He is the author of two books, 99 Names 1 to 25 (A Christian’s Exploration of the Names of God from the
Qur’an) and The Windows of Dzyan: A Theosophical Scrapbook. He taught fine art, design, and sculpture at BYU for ten years, and has taught numerous workshops and classes in universities, libraries, elementary and home schools, church groups of many denomina- tions, civic and cultural centers, and private settings.
Andrew has professional experience in 2D and 3D design, graphic design, and the psychol- ogy of color. He has worked with and taught stained glass, leaded glass, glass painting and fusing, and set up the glass-blowing hotshop at BYU, and has experience teaching sculp- ture processes using a variety of media and materials.
He also works with watercolor, sketching and drawing, and specializes in traditional Islamic geometric design construction from the ancient Muslim world, as well as traditional com- pass-and-straightedge construction, formatting, and Golden-section design techniques used by medieval craft guilds. Andrew is a bookbinder, a papermaker, does letterpress and printmaking, as well as traditional Turkish paper marbling. His tendency in teaching is to stress accuracy and proper workmanship within a context historical to the techniques ex- plored, and he enjoys using the media being explored as an opportunity to illustrate paral- lels and points of convergence among different cultures working with similar materials. The art becomes an avenue to find and discuss commonalities among people, and empow- er attendees with understanding, increased creative capacity, and tools for building com- munity.