Art Faculty Show Their Work at Southern Utah Museum of Art

Published: January 12, 2023 | Author: Emmaline Chidester | Read Time: 3 minutes

Rheana Gardner. In The World's Broad Field of Battle, 2021. Chlorophyll print. Image of two masked healthcare workers embracing printed on a yellow leaf with a black bacground.Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) celebrates the work of current and former faculty of Southern Utah University (SUU) in the exhibition Classic: Works of Art & Design Faculty, Past & Present, on display from January 17 through March 4, 2023.

Behind every artist is a teacher who helped inspire them to create art, but how often do we see the art of the mentors? Every two years, SUMA exhibits the work of current faculty members of SUU’s Art and Design Department; however, this year will be a little different. In celebration of SUU’s 125th anniversary as an educational institution, this exhibition will also include artwork created by former faculty members from the last century. 

SUMA’s collection includes many pieces created by former professors and this anniversary offers the perfect opportunity for them to be taken out and shown again. Some of the art that you can expect to see in this exhibition includes paintings by Mary L. Bastow, the founding chair of the art department at SUU, and watercolors by Thomas Leek, the founding director of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, SUMA’s predecessor, in addition to the recent works across various media created by current full-time faculty members in the Department of Art and Design.Jason Walker. Nesting with the Socials, 2020. Porcelain, glaze, and underglaze, 15 x 20 x 10 in. Ceramic bird sitting on a ceramic smart phone.

“This exhibit allows community members and students to see the creative work of SUU’s professors,” SUU’s Art Department Chair, Jeffrey Hanson. “Art reflects the culture and times it was created in. This show is a visual dialog between our faculty, the community, and the students. Art is a vibrant, living, and exciting field. It’s important for the faculty to engage in the creative practice when they are teaching students how to become professional artists. It is equally important that viewers who attend the show engage in the intellectual ideas put forward through the variety of mediums they will encounter in the show.”

There will be an opening reception held on Friday, January 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery of the museum. During the reception, guests will have the chance to mingle and converse with some of the artists whose works are on display.

Artists who are featured in Classic: Works of Art & Design Faculty, Past & Present exhibition include: 

Carol Jeanne Abraham (Faculty 1975-1977)

June Adams (Faculty 1977-1986)

Glen Dale Anderson (Faculty 1968-1986)

Mark Bangerter (Faculty 1986-1988)

Mary L. Bastow (Faculty 1929-1968)

Arlene Braithwaite (Faculty 1978-2009)

Eric Brown

Sam Davis

Rheana Gardner

Robert L. Gerring (Faculty 1966-1975)

Christopher Graves

Jeff Hanson

Susan Harris (Faculty 1996-2018)

Susanna Herrmann

Brian Hoover

Hongyu Ji (Faculty 1990-1995)

Andrew Kent-Marvick

Brock Landrum

Thomas Leek (Faculty 1961-1985)

Gaell Lindstrom (Faculty 1954-1957)

Mary Macdonald (Faculty 1961-65, 1975-78)

John Morgan (Former Faculty)

Althea Neustaedter

Jeremias Paul (Faculty 2007-2014)

Hala Swearingen

Jason Walker

Max D. Weaver (Faculty 1957-1961)

Russell Wrankle

Admission to SUMA is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Classic: Works of Art & Design Faculty, Past & Present, and other exhibitions and events visit SUMA’s website at

Image Credit: 

Rheana Gardner. In the World's Broad Field of Battle, 2021. Chlorophyll print. Courtesy of the Artist.

Jason Walker. Nesting with the Socials, 2020. Porcelain, glaze, and underglaze, 15 x 20 x 10 in. Courtesy of the Artist.



About Southern Utah Museum of Art

Southern Utah Museum of Art, on the campus of Southern Utah University, features the artwork of regional artists known for their landscapes, faculty and student artists from the SUU Department of Art & Design, as well as emerging and distinguished artists from around the country. Strengths of the nearly 2,000-object permanent collection include the body of work by Jimmie Jones that exemplifies his notable career in the regions, as well as a robust collection of prints featuring well-known artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Salvador Dalí, Katsushika Hokusai, Thomas Hart Benton, and others. Part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which also includes the Utah Shakespeare Festival, SUMA is free and open to the public.


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