Southern Utah Museum of Art

Current Exhibits

In keeping with SUMA's mission, "to exhibit, collect, and preserve historic and contemporary works of art significant to the interior American West," the exhibitions at SUMA will include a wide variety of subject and art forms. Several individual galleries will allow SUMA to host traveling exhibits from around the world, a special collection of the work of Utah artist Jimmie Jones, and feature rotating exhibits from the permanent collections. During the academic year, SUMA will regularly exhibit work of Southern Utah University’s Art and Design students and faculty.

Permanent Exhibits

Jimmie Jones (1933-2009) – The Final Paintings

These 15 paintings comprise the very best of Jones’ work and were part of Jimmie’s gift to SUU, a gift which was the cornerstone of SUMA. Jones’ paintings of Zion and the Grand Canyon have given him the title of southern Utah’s premier landscape painter.

SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) Current Student Work

A revolving exhibit in all media of SUU Art and Design graduate and undergraduate student work is on display in the Rocki Alice Gallery.

March 23 - April 29, 2017 - SUU Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit

This senior capstone exhibition showcases the culmination of the undergraduate art studio experience for 27 students. It includes a written artist’s statement for each student and reveals each student’s ability to conceive, plan and execute a body of work appropriate to a professional exhibition. This exhibit will include work from the different artistic disciplines: art education, graphic design, ceramics/sculpture, illustration, photography, and painting/drawing/printmaking.

As part of an artist’s learning, they study the human figure to learn how to best represent the human form in two- and three-dimensional art. A few pieces of student art on display in this exhibit offer a presentation of the nude human figure in their work. We encourage concerned patrons to view the exhibit before bringing children into the museum.


April 3 - April 29, 2017 - Abstract

Abstract is a special exhibit featuring new artwork from SUU’s Department of Art & Design ART-4500 student studio artists. 

Andrew Marvick’s ART-4500 Special Projects course encourages students to explore special areas of art and design studio practices. This semester’s course was designed to follow a chronological path from western painting’s first abstract experiments to the art world’s current trends through a style called “process painting.” Moving through the years from 1900 to 2010, each section of the special projects course moved the students through different artistic styles such as fauvism, nonobjective expressionism, cubism, orphism, minimalism, and abstract expressionism. This approach to art led students to realize that a display of skill would not be particularly beneficial for them in this course and allowed them to explore their own artistic voice.


May 4 - July 1, 2017 - Michael Plyler: Highland Maya of Guatemala

Visit the indigenous peoples of Guatemala through these 56 photographs which capture the Mayan civilization that is quickly disappearing.