Current Exhibits


George Smith Dibble: A Revolutionist for Modern Art in Utah

May 12 – June 30, 2018


George Dibble was a painter, teacher, and art critic who, throughout his career, greatly influenced numerous artists and students. He took his first art class through the mail from a Cleveland cartoonist and caricaturist. In 1926, he received his teaching certificate from the University of Utah and taught elementary school for two years. Dibble then returned to the University for additional classes in 1928. 

Dibble continued his education at Columbia University by receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1938, and, in 1940, his Master of Arts. While at Columbia, Dibble was influenced by several artists and styles including Cézanne and the Cubism movement.

In 1949, he was promoted to associate professor at the University of Utah, and, in 1950, became a visiting professor for summer sessions at the College of Southern Utah (now Southern Utah University). Dibble was a member of the first Modern Artists of Utah and participated in an exhibition and helped write a formal statement to the public, both intended to increase the understanding and acceptance of modern art in Utah.

Gallery Talk

Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m.

Jonathan Dibble, George Dibble's son, will lead a walking tour of the exhibit. He will discuss how Cedar City was a pivotal point in his father's long-term career as a painter.

George Smith Dibble (U.S., 1904-1992)
Cedar Mountain, 1953
Watercolor, 39 x 32 in.
Loan from private collection, 2018 

Selected Works of Jimmie F. Jones

We have selected eight significant works of Jimmie F. Jones from our permanent collection to be on display through the end of the year.

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."

Image: Jimmie Jones (U.S., b. 1933-2009)
Point Sublime, 2009
Oil on Linen, 54 x 120 in.
Purchased with funds from Southern Utah University, 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 gildées (reproductions of his work).