The many sides of Mikey Kettinger on display at his apartment in Logan, which he transformed into an art gallery for his MFA show.
generally a place one passes through without pause. But one winter morning in 2015, a mini refrigerator rigged with a motion-detecting spotlight appeared. A note was tacked to the front
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reading “Gifts from an atheist.” Inside someone had placed cans of soda, chocolate, and apples. The occasional passerby stared into the freshly stocked fridge puzzled: Who are these for? Who are these from? And, may I take one? The fridge was an installation Mikey Kettinger, MFA ’17 — the atheist — conceived after coming across statistics
from a 2014 Pew Research Center survey about how Americans feel about members of different religious faiths. The groups who engender the coolest responses from their fellow countrymen include Muslims, atheists, and Mormons. At the time, Kettinger felt like a bit of an outsider at Utah State University — he was a transplant from Florida operat-
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