Minerva Teichert

American 1889 - 1976


Minerva Bernetta Kohlhepp Teichert was born in North Ogden, Utah in 1888. Throughout her life she captured the great Mormon pioneer story and the story of the American West in murals and easel paintings. She died in 1976 in Provo, Utah.


After graduating from high school, she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under John Vanderpoel, a master of the academic school of painting. She received a scholarship to study at the Art Students League in New York where she studied with art realist instructors Robert Henri and George Bridgeman.


Teichert created more than 60 murals that adorn public places in Utah. Handcart Pioneers (1930), Covered Wagon Pioneers, Madonna at Dawn (1936), Joseph Smith Receives the Plates (1947), and Night Raid (1935) are some of her significant easel works. 

Biography adapted from The Springville Museum of Art.