SUU Art Department Name Change Approved

Published: January 06, 2005 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Art Department in the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University has received approval from the Board of Regents to be renamed the “Department of Art and Design."

Bill Byrnes, Dean of the College of PVA, notes, "While a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, this one is particularly fragrant to Chair, Eric Brown and Graphic Design professors Henry Brimmer and Dave Richardson."

Brown adds, "The Art Department has experienced tremendous growth and this new title acknowledges the importance of the growing graphic design program within the department."

He continues, “The word ‘design’ in the title doesn't offend the fine artists either, as it implies the thoughtful and professional approach encouraged by the entire faculty. We are excited about the strength of our students, our faculty, and our entire program and are well positioned for the future."

The Department of Art and Design has a faculty of eight and more 133 majors pursuing the bachelor’s degree in Art, Art Education, or Graphic Design. The Art and Design program of SUU offers an array of classes including art history, illustration, drawing and painting, and sculpture and ceramics.

For more information about the Department of Art and Design, go to or call 435.586.7962.


Through its more than 100-year history, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training school into its current role as a comprehensive, regional university to 6,000 students from across the globe. It serves the southern region of Utah and contiguous counties in surrounding states with undergraduate and graduate programs in six colleges. People of the region look to the University for outreach services, culture, economic and business development, higher learning, regional history, public affairs, major academic specialties, and significant entertainment and recreation. Accentuated by the notable, economic value of its services, SUU's hallmark is its quality staff, faculty and academics.

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