Southern Utah Museum of Art

Current Exhibits

SUMA's adjustable gallery space allows the museum 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.

September 19 - November 11, 2017 — A Legacy of Love: The Thread That Binds Us

This exhibit features the fashion designs of Eletra Casadei and her impact on the theatrical design and costumes of SUU Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. Casadei was an innovative and favored designer generating buzz with her TD4 (To Die For) prom dress designs created with teenage girls' desires in mind, "prom parties" to kick off the fashion season, first-of- its-kind fashion videos showcasing her elegant gowns and original beaded and lace fabric designs. Her Casadei line embodied Eletra's true fashion philosophy; to create a sense of Hollywood Glamour that was affordable and made every woman feel beautiful.

Eletra passed away from brain cancer in 2008 leaving behind her fashion label and a studio stocked full of exquisite items. Eletra's sister, Andrea, has donated these items that include yards and yards of stunning fabric and trim, bins of Eletra's originally designed beaded fabrics and appliques, industrial sewing machines and equipment, a vast collection of fashion hisory books, and boxes of sewing notions to the SUU Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. Over the last five years, students have been able to design and construct costumes beyond what would have been possible on a typical university production budget. Their designs from these donations are also on display to honor the contributions and legacy of Eletra and Andrea Casadei.

Several Casadei dresses on display
A blue Casadei dress
A white Casadei dress
A peach-colored Casadei dress adorned with fabric flowers

September 19 - October 28, 2017 — Art Insights: Lynn Gaines

Ohio artist Lynn Gaines is best known for kid oriented art and illustrations. Her commercial designs are inspired by vintage children's books along with the colors and shapes of nature. She has recently finished illustrating A Child's Introduction to African-American History by Jabari Asim which will be released in January 2018. On display are her vintage-inspired illustrations and handmade children's toys.

Selected Works of Jimmie F. Jones

We have selected ten significant works of Jimmie F. Jones from our permanent collection to be on display through December 31, 2017.

Jimmie Jones was a beloved figure in the community with a wide circle of friends in both southern Utah and nationwide. He died peacefully at his home on December 5, 2009. Jones donated his final paintings, his house, and the copyright to his work to Southern Utah University to help fund the construction of the Southern Utah Museum of Art. Since the museum would not be a reality without his generous support, some refer to the museum as, "The house that Jimmie built."

Jimmie F. Jones Painting of Zion's National Park
Image: Jimmie Jones (U.S., b. 1933-2009)
Autumn Cottonwood in Zion, 2009
Oil on Linen, 32 x 50 in.
Gift of the artist, 2009

Our online store includes The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones, written by Jim Aton, notecards featuring images of Jimmie's final works, and custom-ordered giclées (reproductions of his work).