Southern Utah Museum of Art

Current Exhibitions 

Square One: Southwest Regional High School Art Show

Square One: Southwest Regional High School Exhibition

January 6, 2020 — February 15, 2020

Students from Iron, Washington, Kane, Garfield, Beaver, and Millard counties will participate in SUMA's first juried high school art exhibition. This exhibition will provide these talented students with a unique and professional experience at Southern Utah Museum of Art. 

Press Release: Southern Utah Museum of Art Showcases Regional High School Artists This Winter

Leviathan: Elegy for Ice

Leviathan: Elegy for Ice

October 14 - April 24, 2020

Originally from Reno, Nevada, artist Pete Froslie currently lives and works in Oklahoma, where his studio practice explores intersections of art, technology, and culture. His work exhibits nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions in Beijing, Vienna, and Los Angeles, and has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Gizmodo, among other outlets. Froslie received his MFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at MassArt. He is an associate professor in the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma.

In Leviathan: Elegy for Ice, Froslie engages themes of climate change, moral and political philosophy, philosophical aesthetics and demonology. He has long been fascinated with the relationship between global politics and economic structures, as well as emerging issues of climate and environmental change, which he understands through the lens of the “Leviathan.” Froslie’s interest is grounded in both the Biblical Leviathan, the sea monster, and Thomas Hobbes’ book about social contract theory, Leviathan, from 1651.

Elegy for Ice offers visitors to SUMA the unique opportunity to watch a working artist’s project unfold, transforming the museum's newest exhibit space into an experimental extension of his studio. Through this process, Froslie will draw on his recent experience traveling along the Svalbard archipelago of Norway aboard an ice class tall ship called the Antigua. During this time, he collected 3D scans and photo-documentation of this environmentally vulnerable territory and obtained underwater recordings of Svalbard fjords.

Using tech media, such as electro-mechanical and game engine-based procedures, he integrates observations from his travels with his academic research. Froslie imagines that this continuous practice of traveling, researching, and making can summon a contemporary “Leviathan,” allowing the intersections between nature, society, and capital to be seen and felt.

Leviathan is not a single, static work, but rather a series that Froslie is building upon for several museum and gallery installations. The on-going project will unfold as a series of iterations developed over the course of Froslie’s tenure at Southern Utah Museum of Art through April 2020. Visit the museum again beginning in late-January to see how the work will evolve and grow through a second iteration.