SUMA will become a major regional attraction and an educational proving ground. As part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, our target is for SUMA to be the first museum accredited by the American Association of Museum that is staffed 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 incorporate visual arts, live theatre and dynamic arts education on the SUU campus. The Beverley, a year-round cultural destination, will include the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre, and the Festival’s offices and studios, as well as SUMA.
The SUMA Advisory Board is selected and appointed by SUU. The members represent both SUU and the community. Terms are 3 years. The Founding Board is as follows:
Southern Utah Museum of Art is an experiential learning center for future arts leaders who serve the community through exhibitions, collections, preservation, and educational programming.