Southern Utah Museum of Art



The Southern Utah Museum of Art is a student-centered experiential learning environment that collects, preserves and exhibits the visual arts of southern Utah and surrounding Colorado Plateau. The Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs expand the collecting focus by connecting regional art, culture and interests with the larger world.

Mission Statement

Southern Utah Museum of Art is an experiential learning center for future arts leaders who serve the community through exhibitions, collections, preservation, and educational programming.

Our First Six Months

Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University, as our founders envisioned, is a dynamic teaching and learning community inspired by its unique natural surroundings. As Utah's designated public liberal arts and sciences university, SUU engages students in a personalized and rigorous experiential education, empowering them to be productive citizens, socially responsible leaders, high achievers and lifelong learners.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts will incorporate visual arts, live theatre and dynamic arts education on the SUU campus. The Beverley, a year-round cultural destination, will include the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre, and the Festival’s offices and studios, as well as SUMA.

Advisory Board

The SUMA Advisory Board is selected and appointed by SUU. The members represent both SUU and the community. The Founding Board is as follows:

  • Chair - Joanne Brattain (Community) 
  • Vice-Chair - Jeff Hanson (SUU) 
  • Secretary - Jennifer Oberhelman (SUU) 
  • Programming Chair - Diane Strachan (Community) 
  • Programming Co-Chair - Samuel Davis (SUU)
  • Volunteer Chair - Roland Gow (Community) 
  • Elementary Education - Alisa Petersen (SUU) 
  • Collections Chair - Susan Harris (SUU) 
  • Development - Kathy LaFave (Community) 
  • Friends Chair - Colette Cox (Community) 
  • Marketing - Maria Twitchell (Community) 


  • Jessica Farling (SUU), Director of SUMA
  • Shauna Mendini (SUU), Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts
  • Donna Law (SUU), Development Director
  • Rachel Bishop (SUU), Director of the Arts Administration Programs