SUMA Art Camps teach Local Youth, Adorning Cedar in Process

Published: May 20, 2014 | Read Time: 2 minutes

This summer teenagers in Iron County will create a mural inspired by historic regional art to be on permanent display in the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. The students, ages 13-18, are members of the Southern Utah Museum of Art's inaugural two-week SUMA Summer Camp, to pass on and celebrate the rich artistic heritage of Iron County.

The students, who will together create a new look at the region's artistic heritage, will learn how art has built communities throughout history, spanning from cave paintings to murals created during the Great Depression to contemporary work. Workshops will cover the major themes of community art, and students will explore many types of art techniques, including sketching and laying out the community mural, which will be painted directly on the museum wall, a new voice for the younger members of our community to an audience of museum goers, students and visitors to southern Utah for years to come.

In addition, campers will benefit from hands-on demonstrations by acclaimed local artists giving junior high and high school students the unique opportunity to experience college and professional level instruction in multiple artistic disciplines.

The student-created mural will be on display with the SUMA camp's conclusion.

The SUMA Summer Camp will run June 16 – 27 at the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. The two-week camp will meet Monday through Friday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is limited. Students may register online or by calling the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery at 435-586-5432.

The Community Art SUMA Summer Camp is the first of several summer art camps run by Southern Utah University's Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. A Digital Design session will run July 7 – 18, created to develop a firm foundation in design elements and principles through industry standard programs such as the Adobe Creative Suite. No prior experience is necessary and the skills taught in this session prepare participants for college and a career in design. All software and computers are provided. A Traditional Media session will run July 28 – August 8, exposing students to major themes in art history and helping them apply theories of visual art masters through hands-on workshops. In each, professional artists will share valuable skills and techniques to take participants painting and drawing skills to the next level.

In addition to valuable mentorship, each participant from SUMA Summer Camps will receive all art supplies needed for their camp activities, included in the camp registration fee.

Registration for all three camps is now open, online at

As the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) begins construction this summer, SUMA is excited to build upon the Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery's current programming. As the building grows, arts education and community outreach across the region will as well, beginning with the SUMA Summer Camp program.  

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