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Answering the Call to Create with Kimberly Shelby

Published: February 01, 2018 | Author: Tracy Solimeno | Category: Arts

Kimberly Shelby directingSUU’s Department of Art & Design welcomes, filmmaker and photographer, Kimberly Shelby, as an Art Insights speaker Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). Shelby is an alumna of Southern Utah University who has followed her dreams to Hollywood. Admission is free and open to the public.

Shelby’s website says, “Her childhood was much like the Swiss Family Robinson with exotic pets and giant tree houses so now adventure is a daily necessity. When not on the back of a surfboard or working as CIO at a nonprofit, Kim is working hard towards being an action/adventure film director and writer and wants nothing more than to bring more adventure to the big screen."

Kimberly Shelby is a graduate of Southern Utah University's Graphic Design program. She also received a Master’s degree from University of Southern California's (USC) in Film and Television Production. Shelby currently resides in Los Angeles, California. 

Jeff Hanson, Chair of SUU’s Department of and Art & Design and Associate Professor of Graphic Design, said, “Kimberly Shelby was an excellent student who had a love of film and motion graphics. Her senior BFA project was recognized on a national level by the news show Studio 360 on WNYC in the episode ‘Homemade Hunger Games’. She has since completed graduate school in film at USC. When current students learn from recent graduates, it often makes the experiences more accessible. Students who are just about to take these steps want to hear from alumni who just did the same thing. Kimberly brings enthusiasm, energy and expertise to all that she does.”

Art Insights is hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art & Design faculty. Students and community members meet to partake in presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights.

Come learn from alumna Kimberly Shelby’s experiences, hard-learned lessons, and observations of transitioning into Hollywood filmmaking. For more information, please visit

Contact Information:
Ashley H Pollock