Southern Utah Museum of Art

Current Exhibitions 

Find the Distance: A Jimmie F. Jones Retrospective

July 13 - September 12, 2020

Find the Distance: A Jimmie F. Jones Retrospective

A long-awaited retrospective, this exhibition will display Jim Jones’ art from grade school, high school, college, his Mexico period (1961-1975), and especially his now-famous landscape period (1976-2009). It includes all seventeen paintings from his last show in the fall of 2009 at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, shortly before his death. Works appear chronologically. Thus, visitors can see how this unique artist grew and evolved: from a portrait and figure painter, using a spare palette inspired by Andrew Wyeth, to a landscapist who “found the distance,” as Cézanne put it, like no other. For locals, this show is a chance to reconnect with an artist and paintings they know and love. For newcomers, it allows SUMA to showcase the artistic journey of its favorite-son master painter.



Our Natural World: An exhibition of Brett Weston and Jumpstart student photographs

Our Natural World

March 14 — August 29, 2020

SUU's Jumpstart program allows incoming freshmen to complete their general education credits in one year through highly integrated curriculum. Within this program, the "Our National Parks" section uses photography and other subjects to explore the natural world. Through inspiration from a collection of photographs by Brett Weston, a recent gift to SUMA's permanent collection, these students crafted their own photography project reflecting on National Parks in the area. The students' photographs will be on display along with the Weston photos that inspired their project. 

A virtual gallery and gallery guide can be found here

Leviathan: Elegy for Ice

Leviathan: Elegy for Ice

October 14 - August 29, 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 August 2020. 

A virtual gallery and special Q&A with the artist can be found here