Robert T. Barrett

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Robert T. Barrett
Robert T. Barrett in 2018
Robert T. Barrett in 2018
BornRobert Theodore Barrett
(1949-05-13) May 13, 1949 (age 70)
OccupationIllustrator, educator, painter
Notable worksThe Story of the Walnut Tree (1982)

Robert Theodore Barrett (born May 13, 1949)[1] is an American painter, illustrator, and professor of illustration at Brigham Young University. His illustrated works include The Story of the Walnut Tree, Silent Night, Holy Night: The Story of the Christmas Truce, and The Nauvoo Temple Stone. He illustrated a book about President Barack Obama, entitled Obama: Only in America, written by Carole Boston Weatherford.[2]


Barrett holds a BFA from the University of Utah and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. Besides being a professor, he has also served as associate dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications. Barrett also co-authored a BYU Studies article on the lives and art works of Arnold Friberg, Harry Anderson, Tom Lovell, and Ken Riley with Susan Easton Black. He is a member of the Society of Illustrators and was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award.

Barrett has presented one-man art shows, notably at the Springville Art Museum and the St. George Art Museum, among other sites. He has made many drawings, some of which are based on accounts from the Book of Mormon, and paintings of events in the ministry of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament.[3] He also illustrated The Real Story of Creation and The Real Story of the Flood, written by Paul L. Maier, a Lutheran pastor and a professor at Western Michigan University.

Personal life[edit]

Barrett is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission to Germany. Barrett and his wife Vicki are the parents of ten children.[4]

Selected books[edit]

  • The Story of the Walnut Tree (2000)
  • The Nauvoo Temple Stone (2002)
  • Silent Night, Holy Night: The Story of the Christmas Truce (2003)
  • The Real Story of the Creation (2007)
  • The Real Story of the Flood (2008)
  • Obama: Only in America (2010)
  • Michelle Obama: First Lady" (2010)


  1. ^ Barrett, Robert, 1949–". Library of Congress Authorities ( Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  2. ^ Nicholls, Jennie (June 28, 2009). "BYU prof illustrating Obama children's book". Deseret News. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  3. ^ "Latter-Day Renaissance". Meridian Magazine. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2010-11-18.[dead link]
  4. ^ Ackerman, Tori (April 10, 2012). "BYU art professor paints prophets, illustrates books about the Obamas". Deseret News. Retrieved 2012-04-17.

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