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Andrus, J. Roman (James Roman), 1907-1993

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1907-1993

Biographical History

J. Roman Andrus (1907-1993) was a faculty member of the art department at Brigham Young University from 1940 to 1974.

James Roman Andrus was born in St. George, Utah on July 11, 1907, to Alexander Burto Andrus and Rozilla Brooks Andrus. He had three siblings, two brothers and one sister, and spent his childhood in Southern Utah, where he was able to observe and appreciate Utah's naturally breathtaking landscape. In 1933, he was married to Irva Pratt, with whom he had five children.

Andrus earned his bachelor's degree in 1942 and his master's degree in 1943 from Brigham Young University. He went on to study at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and received his doctoral degree at the University of Colorado in 1958. He worked as an arts professor at BYU from 1958 to 1972.

An accomplished painter, Andrus was best known for his landscape pieces, though he also painted portraits. Andrus was a recipient of the Utah State Institute of Fine Arts Purchase Prize in 1945 and 1950, and was named professor emeritus at BYU in 1974. He passed away on June 23, 1993, at his home in Provo, Utah.

Citation

Museum of Art, via WWW, Mar. 9, 2015 (Andrus, (James) Roman; born on July 11, 1907, in St. George, UT; best known for his expressionist landscapes; Utah State Institute of Fine Arts membership).

College of Fine Arts and Communication, Brigham Young University, via WWW, Mar. 9, 2015 (J.R. Andrus; married Irva Pratt on July 3, 1933; was the father of five children; completed bachelors and masters degrees at BYU in 1942 and 1943; attended Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles; died June 23, 1993 in Provo, UT, at the age of 85).

J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, via WWW, Mar. 10, 2015 (J. Roman Andrus; received his Ed.D. from the University of Colorado in 1958; named professor emeritus at BYU in 1974).

Geni, via WWW, Mar. 10, 2015 (James Roman Roman Andrus; Andrus had three siblings, two brothers and one sister).

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

J. Roman Andrus papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8961
Scope and Contents Contains material pertaining to the career of James Roman Andrus as an art professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His personal papers include correspondence, family photographic color slides, standard audio cassettes, and magnetic tape recordings. His professional papers include his lecture notes and recordings, lithography notes, exhibit programs, personal notes and journals, small sketches, clippings, and color photographic slides (2 in x 2 in) of many of his paintings. Dated...

J. Roman Andrus papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 299
Scope and Contents Contains a brief history of the Brigham Young University Art Department. History written in 1957.

J. Roman Andrus portrait of Harrison R. Merrill

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: UA 5737
Content Description Contains a canvas portrait of Harrison R. Merrill painted by J. Roman Andrus. Dated June 26, 1941.

Oral history interview with J. Roman Andrus

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 37
Scope and Contents Interview by Leonard Arrington with J. Roman Andrus concerning his childhood, art education, teaching experiences at BYU, and thoughts on the art world and the destiny of BYU. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Oral history interview with Karl E. Young

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 35
Scope and Contents Interview by J. Roman Andrus with Karl Young concerning his experiences as a student at Harvard and Oxford, as a faculty member at Brigham Young University, and his memories of several BYU presidents. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Oral history interview with Thomas E. Cheney

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 46
Scope and Contents Interview by J. Roman Andrus with Tom Cheney, Brigham Young University English professor, concerning his teaching experience, his relationship with the faculty and administration, and his paper concerning the Negro and the Mormon Church and subsequent controversy. Includes sound recording and transcript.