SUMA will become a major regional attraction and an educational proving ground. As part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, SUMA will be the first museum accredited by the American Association of Museum that is operated by graduate and undergraduate students.
Southern Utah University, as our founders envisioned, is a dynamic teaching and learning community inspired by its unique natural surroundings. As Utah's designated public liberal arts and sciences university, SUU engages students in a personalized and rigorous experiential education, empowering them to be productive citizens, socially responsible leaders, high achievers and lifelong learners.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts will be home to SUMA and a new Shakespeare Theatre, replacing the current open-air Adams Theatre. This long-awaited new theatre will retain its intimate actor/audience relationship and add updated amenities and modern accessibility. The facility will also include rehearsal space, a costume shop studio theatre and administration offices for the Utah Shakespeare festival.
This state-of-the-art museum will be home to approximately 5,300 square feet of exhibition space composed of several individual galleries. These galleries will host exhibitions from around the world, be home to a special collection of the work by Utah artist, Jim Jones, and feature rotating exhibits from the permanent collections. SUMA will also regularly exhibit work of Southern Utah University’s Art and Design students and faculty, and provide a venue for displaying regional artists and juried shows.
Approximately 5,300 square feet of the museum building will be dedicated to collection storage, care, and research. The building design will allow visitors to witness the behind the scenes operations of the Museum’s collection in the Trismen Mason Collection and Conservation Studio. Another 1,000 square feet will provide classroom and studio space for hands-on educational activities for K-12 school groups emphasizing the current exhibitions in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Education Suite.
Through engaging exhibits and ongoing educational programming, SUMA will be a significant cultural resource for the people of Utah and the many visitors to our area.