Inspired Gratitude

November 19 2020

This year has given us many a reason to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. From natural disasters during a global pandemic to political turmoil and social unrest, the chronicles of this time might someday read like fiction. But while struggle and strain may have been part of our experience, we all kept moving forward.

Indeed, bearing witness to your ingenuity, creativity, perseverance, and even joy this year has been among the top privileges of my career. Because when faced with isolation, you found ways to connect. When faced with bleakness, you inspired. In the face of fear, you chose courage. 

So, among my own varied emotions during this time, the one that has grounded me while our seasons have changed (even though our circumstances are slower to follow), is the deep sense of gratitude I have for all you give of yourself to move us through this harrowing time as a community.

To our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and patrons: thank you for your gifts. Thank you for sharing them. Thank you for making our world a more beautiful, connected, reflective place for each of us. May you find moments to reflect on your own gratitude, and know that you are the inspiration for much of mine.

In Appreciation,


John W. Scheib
Associate Vice President for the Arts, University of Utah
Dean, College of Fine Arts