Meet the Directors

Richard Bushman

Richard Bushman

CO-DIRECTOR

Richard Bushman is Gouverneur Morris Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University. Professor Bushman specializes in the social and cultural history of the United States. He received his B.A., M.A., and PhD from Harvard University. His publications include: From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 (1967), King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985), The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities (1992), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (2005), On the Road with Joseph Smith: An Author’s Diary (2006), and Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (2008).

Glen Nelson

Glen Nelson

CO-DIRECTOR

Glen Nelson is the founder/director of Mormon Artists Group. His works include the librettos for the operas, The Dead (1993), The Singer’s Romance (1998), and The Book of Gold (2005). Nonfiction books include Mormons at the Met (2012), The Glen and Marcia Nelson Collection of Mormon Art (2013, 2015), and the forthcoming Joseph Paul Vorst (2017). He is the ghostwriter of 20 books, three of which have become New York Times best sellers. As a curator, his art gallery exhibitions include Wars and Rumors of Wars (Casey Jex Smith, 2015) and The Split House (Annie Poon, 2016).

Allyson Chard

Allyson Chard

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Allyson Chard is the founder and president of Christkindlmarkt SLC, a nonprofit organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Allyson has also served on the Granite Education Foundation as an executive board member. For nine years she chaired Art Night Live!, an annual art competition that spotlights 50 of Utah’s top high school artists. She also served on two governor appointed boards including the Minnesota Board of Psychology and Utah’s Governor’s Commission for Women and Families. Allyson received her B.A. from Brigham Young University, where she studied Advertising. She currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, Dan.