SUU's Southern Utah Museum of Art is awarded NEA grant

Published: May 22, 2024 | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Southern Utah Museum of Art building at sunsetSouthern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $40,000. This grant will support its upcoming exhibition: Salt Lines: Exploring Climate, Environment, and the Saline Influx. In total, the NEA will award 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

“Projects like Salt Lines: Exploring Climate, Environment, and the Saline Influx exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

Salt Lines will be unlike anything presented at SUMA so far,” SUMA Executive Director Jessica Kinsey said. “We are grateful for the funding and excited to create a unique art experience that encourages visitors to reflect on our local ecosystem and the worldwide climate.”

In Salt Lines: Exploring Climate, Environment, and the Saline Influx (October 19, 2024 to March 1, 2025) multimedia duo Hylozoic/Desires, together with noted aerial photographer David Maisel and Utah-based artist Alexandra Fuller, examine the past, present, and future of salt in our local landscape and global community through a combination of immersive installations and compelling photographic work. More information about the exhibition can be found at

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit

About the 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 Filmmaking, Art, & Design, as well as emerging and distinguished artists from around the country and the world. Strengths of the nearly 2,000-object permanent collection include several works by famed Western artist Maynard Dixon, important regional women artists Eve Drewelowe and Edith Hamlin, and a comprehensive collection of work by Jimmie F. Jones that exemplifies his notable career in the region. Within SUMA’s holdings is an especially robust collection of prints that includes well-known artists such as Marc Chagall, James McNeill Whistler, Kawase Hasui, Thomas Hart Benton, and Käthe Kollwitz, among others. A number of gifts and acquisitions have focused on photography, such as Brett Weston, Gary Edward Adams, and a portfolio called DE | MARCATION: A Survey of Contemporary Photography in Utah. Named the best-designed museum in Utah by Architectural Digest, SUMA’s building, designed by Brooks + Scarpa and inspired by the region’s famed slot canyons, is an artwork in and of itself.

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