SUU Faculty Art Show Opens At The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery

Published: January 21, 2005 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Read Time: 3 minutes

It’s not hard to see why the art program at Southern Utah University is growing, in both size and reputation, states Art and Design Department Chair Eric Brown. “We have a very talented art faculty on campus and word gets around. That’s why I’m so enthusiastic about this year’s Faculty Art Show. It’s a great treat for us to display such an impressive range of artistic accomplishment,” says Brown.

A College of Performing and Visual Arts art event, the 2005 Faculty Exhibition opens at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery on January 27th and runs through March 4th. The Gallery, open weekdays from noon until 7 p.m., is located in the Braithwaite Building at SUU. Admission is free for all Gallery events.

The 2005 Faculty Exhibition features the work of the distinguished SUU faculty. Arlene Braithwaite, who was recently selected by the National Art Education Association as the Utah Art Educator of the Year, is a realistic painter of pastels whose work often addresses environmental sensitivity.

Henry Brimmer, a conceptual artist, graphic designer, and digital photographer, is regarded by students as an inspiring teacher. He once challenged his students to enter a state-sponsored contest to redesign the Utah State flag. Three SUU students were selected as finalists out of more than 1000 entries, and one of them came out as the winner.

Eric Brown, an accomplished woodcarver and furniture maker, also specializes in figure drawings.

Susan Harris, award-winning ceramist whose work has been shown in nearly 80 exhibits and dozens of publications, will share many of her pieces in the 2005 Faculty Exhibition
which otherwise, are part of permanent collections in galleries throughout Utah. Susan has served on the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts.
Brian Hoover is a painter of oil on canvas and is a prolific printmaker. His work is visionary and symbolic, and frequently deals with spiritual themes. One reviewer stated that his work recalls the Pre-Raphaelites and the Italian primitives in its stylistic influences, but maintains, “…a crisp, clean, contemporary feel, with hints of a sci-fi book cover aesthetic.”
Dave Richardson is the newest faculty member in the Art and Design Department coming to the area from Indiana University in Bloomington. He brings an extensive expertise in new media technologies, specifically interactive and web design.

Ben Sowards is a painter who has illustrated three published books for children including one written by Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He illustrated the beloved Christmas book, “Christmas Oranges”; the models were local children and citizens of Cedar City.

The Director of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Lydia Johnson comments, “The Faculty Art Show is a great way to start the (New) Year. It clearly shows the community how vibrant the art scene is at the university.”

Details of all College of Performing and Visual Arts events are available at 435-865-8800 or on the at


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