Past Exhibitions

2021

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Observations: People and Stories Visualized by Stewart Seidman

May 8 - July 10, 2021

Stewart Seidman grew up in Brooklyn, New York and like most of his friends, he loved sports. When he wasn’t playing baseball or boxing, he was drawing, often creating portraits of his friends’ favorite athletes. This early demonstration of his artistic talent was recognized by his friends and father, who provided Stewart with admiration and encouragement.

Now living in St. George, he offers a unique point of view, observing and painting a variety of subjects and images that capture his interest. Stewart’s paintings are expressive, emotionally charged, imaginative, and full of powerful messages that convey a story to the viewer in a decorative and sometimes amusing manner. The technique is striking and expressive, with energy, emotion, and passion that brings wonder and joy to the viewer.

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Michael Lawrence: The Arena of Sensation

May 8 - July 10, 2021

Rocki Alice Gallery

“By making painting and sculpture, I make myself; I am creating me, or my own sense of me. My sense of art is in the arena of sensation”  - Michael Lawrence

To Lawrence, the true adventure of painting lies within the heart and mind.  Lawrence’s method for creating paintings—like the ones included in this exhibition —is fluid and forgiving; he begins with a basic, dynamic sketch before intuitively selecting bright colors to push about with his paintbrush against the canvas. 

Enter the arena of sensation as you explore the life and paintings of Michael Lawerence, through this student-curated exhibition from our permanent collection.

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2021 Senior BFA Exhibition

March 22 - May 1, 2021

The Senior B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition showcases the culmination of each graduating art student’s time in the Art Department at SUU. The students’ capstone projects will be on display, demonstrating their ability to visualize, develop, and create a cohesive body of work to kick start their careers in the professional art world. This exhibit will include work from a variety of artistic disciplines: art education, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, photography, painting, drawing, and printmaking.

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Art in Action Fundraiser Exhibition

March 22 - April 9, 2021

The Art in Action fundraiser will feature a variety of donated two and three-dimensional works from students, faculty, and staff of Southern Utah University. All donated works will be sized less than 15”x15” and will be available for purchase for the flat price of $20. All proceeds from the sales of this exhibit will go towards an SUU Art & Design student scholarship. Artwork will be available for purchase at the museum or online for the duration of the exhibition. All works will be sold on a first come first serve basis. 

For more information on the Art in Action Fundraiser, please visit the Art in Action Fundraiser page.

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2021 Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

January 11 - March 13, 2021

The 2021 Art & Design Faculty Exhibition features the work of nearly 20 artists, both full-time faculty and part-time adjunct faculty. This biennial exhibition is an opportunity for the campus and community to celebrate the work of SUU's distinguished faculty members, who have earned regional, national, and international recognition for excellence in their areas. The variety found in this exhibition offers different perspectives and media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, installation art, digital, photography, and graphic design.

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Organized Chaos:
The Works of Clayton Rippey

January 11 - March 13, 2021

Although outwardly unassuming, Clayton Rippey was lively, intensely curious, and craved to execute the creative process as he neared a century-long existence. In his own words, “While they are often childlike or cartoonish in technique, the meaning behind the image is far more profound, and the great difficulty lies in creating the marriage of childhood to the philosophical choice of the adult.” Organized Chaos displays Rippey's exploration of what was both mysterious and of comfort to him, balancing his humorous and rebellious self with his spiritual and contemplative self, and establishing a semblance of order within his human experience. These selected works, dating from 2015 to 2019, come from the same original chaos but are organized differently as the artist offered an order in an ever-changing environment.

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SUMA on the Go:
Artwork from fall 2020

January 11 - March 11, 2021

Last fall, elementary classes throughout Iron County virtually visited the museum through the SUMA on the Go program. After experiencing a tour of the gallery through video, students were guided through an art activity that related to the exhibition, Right Here Right Now. Thanks to the generous support of the Cedar City RAP Tax, the museum provided materials for this activity to more than 1,700 students at ten different schools.

Using brown paper and oil pastels, students traced their hands and filled in the silhouette with colors, lines, and shapes that represent them, their interests, and their stories. The result is hundreds of colorful hands, each as unique as the students that created them. The artwork will rotate regularly throughout the semester until all of the submitted art has been displayed.
To confirm when your child’s artwork will be on display, please email experiencesuma@suu.edu.

2020

Right Here Right Now: Featuring the Work in Progress Mural

September 25 - December 23, 2020

Right Here Right Now

Right Here Right Now logoThis year marks the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in Utah and the 100th anniversary of the19th amendment of our Country’s Constitution.  Because of these momentous and important events, Modern West would like to acknowledge and pay homage to women artists.  The exhibition Right Here Right Now celebrates and acknowledges the significance of these anniversaries by honoring the contributions of the past, while highlighting the voices and expressions of women today. The exhibition will feature the Work in Progress Mural alongside works by 20 contemporary women artists. 

The works by the 20 contemporary women artists were curated to highlight work that speaks to the experience of being a woman here and now. All 20 artists either reside in or have ties to Utah. They are Trent Alvey, Christine Baczek, Liberty Blake, Pam Bowman, Sandy Brunvand, Rebecca Campbell, Shalee Cooper, Al Denyer, Stefanie Dykes, Angela Ellsworth, Kiki Gaffney, Jann Haworth, Amy Jorgensen, Lenka Konopasek, Sara Lindsay, Jiyoun Lee-Lodge, Pia Van Nuland, Jean Richardson, Wren Ross and Laura Sharp Wilson.

This important exhibition honors and celebrates the perspectives and contributions—past and present—of women to our cultural society. The Work in Progress Mural encourages you to take note of the women you recognize and acknowledge their contributions while providing the opportunity to discover those that are lesser-known. The 20 contemporary women artists are the voices of today, expressing where we are… Right Here Right Now.

 

Work in Progress

Work in Progress PanelThe Work in Progress mural is a community-based project, driven by artist Jann Haworth and collaged by Liberty Blake. It consists of more than 300 stencil portraits created by more than 250 local and national contributors, most of whom are self-confessed non-artists. The mural features an international crowd of women both historical and contemporary, being recognized as catalysts for change in the arts, sciences, and social activism. Over the last four years, the mural has grown from 28 ft to 60 ft in length. Workshops have been held in several Utah locations, New Orleans, Denver, and San Francisco. The mural has also been produced as a series of banners and over the last three years; it has traveled to over 24 venues, including Austria, England, New York, and San Francisco. It continues to be a ‘work in progress.’ 

Work in Progress by Jann Haworth and Liberty Blake, 2016-2020

Press Release: Southern Utah Museum of Art Fills Gallery With Women Artists During Fall Season

From Dust

September 25, 2020 - May 1, 2021

From DustOne-hundred and seventy miles west of Cedar City, the U.S. Government tested more than 1,000 nuclear weapons. Between 1951 and 1962, 100 of these tests were conducted above ground. In the push to develop a nuclear arsenal in the early years of the Cold War, the Nevada Test Site was chosen by the Atomic Energy Commission (A.E.C.) for its presumed remoteness, which has often read as a willful disregard for the relatively small populations that did exist in the “virtually uninhabited” regions surrounding the site. Scores of people living in southern Utah, including Cedar City, suffered the often unseen and unacknowledged but gruesome consequences from radioactive fallout. 

If we peel back a layer we find the material that comprised the bombs, mined in the same region the fallout was raining down.

One-hundred and seventy miles east of Cedar City are more than 1,000 abandoned uranium mines in and around Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation left in the wake of the uranium program sponsored by the U.S. Government as part of this same domestic weapons development enterprise. The A.E.C. was encouraging uranium mining throughout the southwest, attracting everyone from locals, in desperate need of employment, to wealthy east coast prospectors. But it was the people living in southern Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, and especially the Navajo Nation who were saddled with the legacy of radioactive contamination left behind by this boom. This history—which is really still the present as contaminated water, radiation-induced illness and nuclear waste storage and spills today continue to compound the impact of uranium in the region—is even further hidden from view. Monument Valley and the picturesque deserts of the region as a whole largely exist in the eyes of the world as the backdrop for John Ford’s westerns and the psychic embodiment of the rugged American frontiersman.  

One more layer.

The monumental front man of these iconic pictures, John Wayne, was being cultivated as a cultural symbol of patriotism at the same time the A.E.C. was appealing to a similar sense of civic duty and national pride to collectively pitch in to this grand effort to be prepared for war. Just as there was no indication of what realities existed beyond the fourth wall of the cinematic setting, neither was there unequivocal information, warnings, or intentional protection from the harms that could befall downwinders and miners given. The taste for post-war romantic nostalgia for a bygone frontier era that was imaginary to begin with lingered longer than the poisonous truth, although in the end the fact met the fiction. Shortly after the Operation Upshot-Knothole series of tests, among the most devastating to southern Utah communities, Howard Hughes’ film The Conqueror was shot in Snow Canyon, Utah. Nearly a third of the cast and crew ultimately developed, and many died from cancer, including John Wayne. 

This exhibition is dedicated to those downstream and downwind in an effort to peel back the foreground so that we might see the background more clearly.

About the Artist

Cara Despain is an artist working in film and video, sculpture, photography and installation addressing issues of land use, the desert, climate change, visualizing the Anthropocene, land ownership and the problematics of frontierism. Writing and research play a major role in all of her creative work, and which often includes extensive field work. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah (1983) and currently lives in Miami, Florida and works between the two. She holds a BFA from the University of Utah (2006). In 2012, she received the Salt Lake City Mayor's Award in visual arts, and in 2016 she was selected for the South Florida Consortium Fellowship. Her work is included in Rubell Family Collection, as well as the State of Utah and Salt Lake County art collections. Her film credits include Art Director for the feature film The Strongest Man that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2015), and A Name Without a Place which premiered at the Miami International Film Festival (2019). She was recently selected for a Ellie's Award through Oolite Arts to write and produce her own feature film Earthbound Objects, and this year will complete a public art commission for the Underline with Miami-Dade County.

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

2020 Senior BFA Show

2020 Senior BFA Exhibition 

March 14 — April 24, 2020

Thirty-one graduating students from the SUU Art & Design program will have their capstone projects on display. This is the culmination of their undergraduate experience in the studio art program and demonstrates their ability to visualize, develop, and create a cohesive body of work to kick start their careers in the professional art world. This exhibition will include work from a variety of artistic disciplines: graphic design, photography, drawing/painting/printmaking, illustration, sculpture/ceramics, and art education. 

 

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

2019

A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

October 14 — December 28, 2019

This traveling exhibition shares the story of Utah’s contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad and examines the railway’s transformational effects on Utah. A partnership between Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah State Division of History, A World Transformed will travel the state of Utah from January 2019 through March 2020. The exhibition draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across not only Utah but the Western United States, including photographs, maps, artifacts, and lithographs.

 

Compendium

Compendium

October 14 — December 28, 2019

Todd Stewart and Robert Bailey initiated Fieldworks in 2015 as a mobile residency for artists, scholars, and students interested in thinking about how people relate to nature. Traversing arid regions of the western United States, they visit sites where people have marked the land in any number of ways, study these places as traces of people’s varied modes of artistry, and accrue an archive of objects, images, texts, sound, and more that testifies to both the banality and the strangeness of all that people do to transform the environments that they inhabit. As its title implies, Compendium is a collection or anthology of Fieldworks’ manifold practice as an artistic, scholarly, and pedagogical initiative. Both the exhibition itself and an accompanying publication draw from the Fieldworks archive to bring together selections of items that invite viewers and readers to deepen their understanding of the always complex, often troubling, and at times surprising ways that people find their place within the rest of nature.

This project is funded in part by the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma City and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies of Brigham Young University.

 

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A Very Big Tiny Art Show at Southern Utah Museum of |Miniature| Art

September 27 - October 19, 2019

A Very Big Tiny Art ShowA Very Big Tiny Art Show is a two-week long pop-up exhibition put on by SUMA and Tiny Art Show, based in Provo, UT. The show will feature 26 artists from across Utah, showcasing various styles and media including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, letterpress, and more. All artwork featured in the show is 3-by-3 inches or smaller, encouraging visitors to immerse themselves in a more intimate exploration of art.

The opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, September 27 where visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists, enjoy miniature refreshments from The Sugar Cookie, and create their own miniature art. This event is part of SUMA After Hours in conjunction with the Cedar City Arts Council Final Friday Art Walk and SUU Homecoming.

A Very Big Tiny Art Show will be on display beginning at 5 p.m. on September 27 and will run through October 12 in the vestibule area of the museum. While SUMA's main gallery space will be closed from October 6-12, visitors will still be able to visit the museum to view the tiny exhibition.

Featured artists for the exhibition are: Kara Aina, Brooke Bowen, Gina Dodge, Rachel Erickson, Rachel Godfrey, Audrey Hancock, Jeff Hanson, Nicholas Hemingway, Kimberly Ipson, Mary Jabens, Emily E. Jones, Hannah Mason, Carol Ogden, Nancy Olson, Valerie Orelmann, Rachel Pixton, Debbie Robb, Mallory Sanders, Meghan Sours, Whitney Staheli, Sarah Stoddard, Melissa Walkenhorst, Diane Walsh, Jessica Whittaker, Rebecca Wood, and Mona Woolsey.

Al Farrow: Wrath & Reverence

August 5 — October 5, 2019

Al Farrow - The Spine and Tooth of Santo GuerroAl Farrow’s ornate religious structures, ritual objects, and reliquaries incorporate materials such as deconstructed guns, bullets, bone, glass, and steel. Farrow’s work is inspired by a trip to Italy where he encountered a reliquary containing the remains of ancient Saint Lorenzo. He noticed the Saint’s withered finger resting inside the reliquary, bent in the shape of a “trigger finger.” It was from this experience that Farrow began crafting mysterious, mesmerizing sculptures which explore the relationships between religion, violence, peace, brutality, the sacred, and the unholy.

Press Release: The Work of Al Farrow Concludes Its National Tour at Southern Utah Museum of Art

Image Credit: Al Farrow (U.S., b. 1943)
The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007
Steel, brass, gold, bone, fabric, tooth
64 x 50½ x 74 in.
On loan from the de Young Museum, 2019
Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum Purchase, gift of Dr. Thomas Jackson and Dr. Kathleen Grant, 2008

 

 


 

Karl Momen: Homage to William Shakespeare

May 11 — October 5, 2019

Richard III, 1996 by Karl MomenKarl Momen is a Swedish painter and sculptor who is best known as the creator of the epic 87-foot Metaphor: The Tree of Utah sculpture, located adjacent to Interstate 80 in the stark Bonneville Salt Flats region of Utah. Inspired by master of Surrealism, Max Ernst, as well as Europe’s foremost architect, Le Corbusier, Momen’s work is rooted in the visual language of formalism, emphasizing simplistic compositions, color, and symbolism. In his Homage to William Shakespeare suite, from the late 1990s, he was able to synthesize his passion for operatic and dramatic literature, with his love of the musical equivalent of these forms.

Image Credit: Richard III, 1996

 


 

Kate Starling: A Study of Scale

Kate Starling: A Study of Scale

May 11 — July 27, 2019

Kate Starling is an oil painter who lives and works in the canyons of southern Utah. Having earned a degree in geology, she spent years working outside as a geologist and National Park ranger. After formal academic art training from 1988-1995, she devoted her work to painting the landscape. Educated in the importance of painting directly from observation, she has spent years painting outside, learning the way light plays on the land. Now she splits her time between the roadways and trails surrounding her home and studio.  

 


 

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Senior B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition

March 28 - May 3, 2019

The Senior B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition showcases the culmination of the undergraduate art studio experience for graduating students. It includes a written artist statement for each student and reveals the student’s ability to conceive, plan, and execute a body of work appropriate for a professional exhibition. This exhibit will include work from a variety of artistic disciplines: art education, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, photography, painting, drawing, and printmaking.

 

 

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IMPACT: An Exhibition of SUU Art & Design Faculty and Alumni

January 10 - March 15, 2019

The faculty exhibition returns to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the SUU College of Performing & Visual Arts. IMPACT: An Exhibition of SUU Art & Design Faculty and Alumni will showcase the work of current faculty members and the work of current or former students in a variety of media including painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, photography, and graphic design.

This special exhibition is an opportunity for the community to view and celebrate the work of SUU's distinguished faculty members, who have earned regional, national, and international recognition for excellence in their areas. The variety found in this exhibition displays many different perspectives and features work from the functional to the abstract to the whimsical. There is something for everyone in IMPACT: An Exhibition of SUU Art & Design Faculty and Alumni.

 

 

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Encounter Korea

October 13 - December 29, 2018 

 
Korean artists have arrived in the international art world in recent years with a voice that resonates across both East and West. The Korean art scene has emerged from the traditions of its history to now reflect a world of connectivity and technology. It is a country that has broken out of agrarian-Confucian lifestyle to showcase a new attitude in the 21st century through its are and modern culture. These artists reflect the way South Korea wants to project its image onto the world.
 
This exhibition brings together a group of Korean American and Korean artists, based in Los Angeles and in South Korea, to highlight the technical mastery and conceptual finesse of artists from their culture. Many of the artists in this exhibition express the delicacies and emotions of everyday life through different methods and media.
 
The Southern Utah Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, is excited to share the work of contemporary Korean artists with our local community. This exhibition highlights a variety of aspects through contemporary practice, ranging from painting to new media, as viewed through a Korean lens.
 
The seven artists displaying works include: 

Jung Uk Yang (South Korea, b. 1982)
Turtle Do Not Know Our Weekend, 2014
Wood, motor, thread, LED, 290x160x290 cm
Loan from artist, 2018

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The Day of the Dead

October 23 - November 10, 2018 

day of the dead posterThe Day of the Dead (Spanish: El Dia de los Muertos) is a multi-day holiday celebrated to remember friends and family members who have died. This exhibition celebrates Day of the Dead through the colorful mythical art sculptures, Alebrijes.
 
Alebrijes first originated in Mexico with Pedro Linares, who in the 1930’s dreamt of strange animals while he was sick and bedridden. The animals in Linares’ dreams were hybrids such as a lion with the head of an eagle or a donkey with butterfly wings. In his dreams, all of the animals called out, “Alebrijes!” Linares then started creating his visions of Alebrijes out of cardboard and papier-mache. Since then, others have been inspired to create their own Alebrijes and share them with the world during Day of the Dead celebrations.
 
This exhibition features the work of Southern Utah University students as they create 2D and 3D artwork based on the Alebrijes Mexican tradition. Artwork was submitted by students across many disciplines and were juried by SUU faculty.
 
The Day of the Dead exhibition is organized by SUU Department of Art & Design, SUU Department of Languages & Philosophy, SUU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Student Programming Board, and Southern Utah Museum of Art.
  
Illustration by Olivia Braiker 

James Surls: Across the Universe Divide

July 7 – September 29, 2018

Born in East Texas in 1943, James Surls graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College (now Sam Houston State University) in 1966 and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1968. He taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 1969 to 1976 before moving to Splendora, Texas. There he lived with his wife, Charmaine Locke, for over twenty years. They relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado in 1997. 

Surls is a distinguished sculptor working with bronze, steel, and wood. The artist turns to his mind’s eye to visualize the universe. Straddling the physicality of the landscape around him in which he inhabits with the spirituality of the space within him, Surls is an artist across the universe divide creating the world around us in a manner that expresses his freedom from the physical.

His first exhibition in Utah, SUMA will feature more than 50 works of art created after 2006, with some work as recent as 2018.

James Surls (U.S., b. 1943)
White Raw Wall Flower, 2014
Wood and steel, 69 x 96 x 18 in.
Loan from artist, 2018


Othello in Black and White

July 7 – October 13, 2018

On display at the Gerald R. Sherratt Library from October 1 - 13. 

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Race and class. Ambition and commitment. Justice and mercy. Perception and deception. Loyalty and betrayal.

Othello was most likely written in 1603, the same year as Hamlet, and was performed on 1 November 1604, which places it within the early career of William Shakespeare (c. 1564-1616). The characters, setting, and action in the play are not original. Like many writers of the time, Shakespeare borrowed heavily from existing work. This play is based directly on Un Capitano Moro, “A Moorish Captain,” published in 1565 by Italian writer, Cinthio Garaldi. Shakespeare created his title character as an honorable man, rather than Garaldi’s angry, abusive gure and directly counter to common sentiments. Shakespeare’s play was first published as a Quarto in 1622, several years after his death. It appeared in slightly longer form in the
First Folio of 1623 and has since appeared in every collection of the Works.

William Shakespeare wrote plays more popular with theater goers, but few of them ask harder questions of modern readers. Should family and society impose their external values on the individuals in a marriage? What is the place of trust and loyalty in a working relationship?

The volumes exhibited at SUMA are borrowed from the SUU Matheson Special Collections and the University of Utah to show how Othello has appeared before the public over three of the past four centuries. Collectively, they invite us to still consider those hard questions the play’s story poses to its audience.


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.

 

 

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

 

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.


Art Insights: David Emitt Adams

March 20 – May 5, 2018

Grace Adams Tanner Gallery at SUMA


David Emitt Adams is an emerging photographer based in Tempe, Arizona. Born in Yuma, Arizona, he pursued a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and returned to Arizona for his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. David is gaining attention as an artist, whose current practice engages historical media and uses them in an informed contemporary dialogue about photography’s past and present. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including established institutions such as the SOHO Photo Gallery in New York City and The Studio in London, England.

 

Image Credit:
David Emitt Adams (U.S., b. 1980)
Navajo Refinery, Artesia, New Mexico, 2015
Wet plate collodion tintype on 55-gallon steel drum lid, 23.5 in.
On loan from the artist, 2018


Our National Parks

March 20 – May 5, 2018

Jimmie Jones Gallery at SUMA


Jumpstart is a general education program at SUU that helps freshman complete thirteen general education courses in their first year of classes. English, Geology, Biology, Anthropology, Political Science, and Visual Art courses are integrated into learning environments that encourage the students to practically apply the education they are receiving. 

Jumpstart students go on field trips, develop digital travel essays, perform on-site labs, and create engaging works of art to provide practical application of what the students lean in the classroom.

Our National Parks is a collection of individual photographs taken by Southern Utah University Freshman Jumpstart students.

Image Credit: Beautiful Moments by Anna Hopkins

 


 

Senior B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition

March 20 – May 5, 2018

Braithwaite Gallery and the Austin and Magda Jones Gallery at SUMA


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit:
Jamie Louthan
Ritual
Mixed Media




Evidence: SUU Department of Art & Design Curriculum Exhibition

February 27 – March 15, 2018


Southern Utah University must undergo a reaccreditation process through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. As part of the University’s application, SUMA will host a SUU Department of Art & Design curriculum exhibition to display the evidence for the strengths of the program. The exhibition will be unlike any other show at SUMA and will provide an opportunity for the campus and community to see the high caliber work being created through the SUU Department of Art & Design.

Image Credit: 2D Design project from Trevor Miles, 1st Semester Junior, Fall 2017 

 


 

Art Insights: Ron and Vanessa Lemen

February 27 – March 15, 2018

Grace Adams Tanner Gallery at SUMA


Vanessa Lemen is a painter and educator based in Carlsbad, CA, and her work has shown in galleries and exhibitions nationwide. She has an extensive background in both online and in-studio instruction teaching drawing, painting, illustration and design in traditional and digital media. An illustrator, Ron Lemen has been a concept designer and art director in the videogame industry for 10 years. Now freelancing full-time, his clients include Time Warner, Image Comics, Disney, and more. Together they run an online program instructing art and mentoring artists, as well as instructing at workshops in various locations in Southern CA and across the country.




Image Credit:
Vanessa Lemen
Fiery Mind
Loan from the artist, 2018

Art Insights Lecture
Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Join Ron and Vanessa Lemen for a lecture about their work and process. The Art Insights lecture series is free and open to the public.


Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

January 16 – February 24, 2018

Image Credit:
Susan Harris (U.S.)
Plate (Red and Purple), 2017
Loan from the artist, 2018

The Art & Design Faculty Exhibition returns to SUMA and will feature the work of nearly 20 artists. The SUU Department of Art & Design will present the work of thirteen full-time faculty members, who practice in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, digital, and graphic design. The exhibition will also showcase work by part-time adjunct faculty of the department. This year's exhibition will also highlight the work of Susan Harris, professor of ceramics, who will be retiring from the university in May 2018.

The faculty exhibition is an opportunity for the community to view and celebrate the work of SUU's distinguished faculty members, who have earned regional, national, and international recognition for excellence in their areas. The variety of this exhibition displays many different perspectives and features work from the functional to the abstract to the whimsical. There is something for everyone in the Art & Design Faculty Exhibition.

 


2017

Native American Art from the Permanent Collection

November 14, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Image: Allan Houser (U.S., Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994)
Apache Dancers, 1952
Serigraph, 29 x 23 in.

Braithwaite Gallery

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the rich tradition and history as well as the important contributions of Native people.

​To participate in this national event, the Southern Utah Museum of Art is exhibiting Native art from the permanent collection. The installation highlights significant artists such as Allan Houser, Harrison Begay, and R.C. Gorman.


Winter Wonderland: Staff Picks from the Permanent Collection

November 14, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Austin and Magda Jones Gallery

Image: ​Jimmie Jones (U.S., 1933-2009)
Snow on the Great White Throne, 2009
Oil on linen, 52 x 42 in.
Gift of the artist, 2009

This holiday season, the staff at the Southern Utah Museum of Art have organized a winter-themed exhibition with works from the permanent collection. Several works have never been seen by the public or have not been displayed in decades. The installation highlights artists such as Grant Wood, Jimmie Jones, and a series of prints inspired by the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.


Art Insights: Sally Strand

October 31, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Public Talk: Thursday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.

A native of Colorado now residing in California, Sally Strand has been exhibiting professionally as an artist for over 35 years. Strand was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, the highest commendation of the Pastel Society of America, New York. She is the recipient of numerous top awards, including the PSA Master Pastelist distinction and the IAPS Master Circle Honor. Her solo exhibitions in galleries and museums include a one-person retrospective of pastel and oil paintings at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California.

Strand's current body of work, painted with oil and pastels on canvas and paper, depicts moments in everyday life as experienced by the people she finds most significant. Her paintings have subtle, suggestive narratives: singular moments of life in the world, slices of daily life, the implied passage of time.

Mother, Myself by Sally Strand
Image Credit:
Sally Strand (U.S.)
Mother, Myself, 2013
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.
Loan from the artist, 2017

A Legacy of Love: The Thread that Binds Us

September 19 - November 11, 2017

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 history 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

Art Insights: Lynn Gaines

September 19 - October 28, 2017

March on Washington

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.

Summer of Love

August 24 - September 16, 2017

Lee Conklin (U.S., b. 1941) Procol Harum, Santana, Salloom-Sinclair, and Tower of Power October 31 – November 2, 1968 14 1/8 x 21 1/4 in. Gift of Jim Jones, 2009
Lee Conklin (U.S., b. 1941)
Procol Harum, Santana, Salloom-Sinclair, and Tower of Power
October 31 – November 2, 1968
14 1/8 x 21 1/4 in.
Gift of Jim Jones, 2009

During the summer of 1967, thousands of people descended on San Francisco to play, party and protest. This event became known as The Summer of Love, and was a gathering eclipsed by Woodstock in 1969.

This exhibition pays tribute to the happenings on the 50th anniversary of the summer. The posters that will be on display capture the spirit of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Originally collected by Scott Jones, and bequeathed to SUMA by Jimmie Jones, this collection of posters celebrates the music of the era as performed at Bill Graham's Fillmore West. A mile from the original San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium, Fillmore West opened in July, 1968 and closed three years later. During that time, it was home to a wide variety of music often advertised by custom designed posters.

The selected twenty posters are to provide insight into the variety of performers who graced the stage of Fillmore West as well as the delightful artistry of the poster designs.

Paths Linked & Lived: A Community Quilt Project

August 1-21, 2017

Community Quilt Project

There are infinite dimensions to each of us. How we define ourselves is built by both our personal identity and our relations to others in our community, whether that is a family, a school, a workplace, or the place where we live. This project celebrates how our paths weave together to form vibrant communities.

The SUMA Pathfinders: New Territories exhibit displayed works by artists who blaze their own trails; this lesson encouraged visitors of all ages to consider where they've come from, where they're going, and who has helped them at every turn. The quilt squares completed as part of the project will be displayed together, paths visually connecting, to create an inspiring Community Quilt. This project was designed by Jamie Louthan, a current SUU Art & Design student.

Chasing Light: Plein Air Festival and Sale

July 7 - August 19, 2017

Cathedral Mountain by Valerie Orlemann
Image: "Cathedral Mountain" by Valerie Orlemann

Presented by SUMA and Cedar Breaks National Monument

Fifteen of the region's top plein air painters painted at Cedar Breaks, as well as other favorite southern Utah locations, from July 2 to July 6, 2017. The work each artist created during that week was displayed and for sale in SUMA July 8 - August 19.

The selected artists for this festival included:

Pathfinders: New Territories

June 30 – August 26, 2017

Image: "The Ancient Beginning of the New World" by VAYLA

Everything In Between: Arts Quilts, Fabric Collage and Embroidery is a national, juried art quilt exhibition. This year's theme is Pathfinder: New Territories. The art quilts, fabric collages and embroideries in this exhibit were selected from over 122 artist applications from all over the United States. These pieces show amazing creativity and use a variety of design techniques and material. Visit the Pathfinders: New Territories webpage for more information about this exhibit.

The selected artists for Pathfinders: New Territories include the following individuals:

  • Betsy Abbott
  • Margaret Abramshe
  • B.J. Adams
  • Linda Anderson
  • Pat Budge
  • Erica Carter
  • Shannon M. Conley
  • Vicki Conley
  • Gabriele DiTota
  • Marian Eason
  • Kristine Eberhard
  • Aileyn Ecob
  • Deborah Fell
  • Paula Giovanini-Morris
  • Debra Goley
  • Barbara Oliver Hartman
  • Yunhwa Jang
  • Nancy Lemke
  • Niraja Lorenz
  • Salley Mavor
  • Susan McBride Gilgen
  • Lea McComas
  • Anne Munoz
  • Margaret Noah
  • Linda Oszajca
  • Karen Post
  • Kathleen Russu
  • Maya Schonenberger
  • Bonnie Smith
  • Paula Straw
  • Vivien Wise

SUMA Education Exhibition

May 9 - September 1, 2017

SUMA Education Exhibit

The SUMA Education Exhibit celebrated the numerous educational programs offered in SUMA's first year of operation. In partnership with the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, artsFUSION, and the Beverley Center for the Arts, thousands of area students participated in creative activities within our new space. Displayed in the gallery were examples of student artworks created through these activities, as well as information about how to become involved in the future.

Michael Plyler: Highland Maya of Guatemala

May 4 - July 1, 2017

Michael Plyler - Unnamed

Experience the traditions of the Guatemalan people when you visit the Highland Maya of Guatemala. This exhibit incorporates 56 images of people and cultural icons in the Guatemalan region and is arranged by the language that is spoken in each area. Each image transports you to a village that brings to light the daily life of these people. The images were taken in the early 1980's through the 2000's.

Abstract

April 3 - April 29, 2017

Abstract Student Exhibit

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.

SUU Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit

March 23 - April 29, 2017

Senior BFA 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.

Changing Seasons From Winter To Spring: College of Performing and Visual Arts Sale

March 7 - March 11, 2017

Courtesy of the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts Advisory Board

Work from sixteen renowned artists around the United States were on display and available for purchase. Proceeds from the art sold during the benefit went toward the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts student scholarship fund.

Artists included:

  • Joseph Brickey
  • Ryan S. Brown
  • Todd Casey
  • Casey Childs
  • Josh Clare
  • Nicholas Coleman
  • Thomas Kegler
  • Erik Koeppel
  • Katie Liddiard
  • Bryce Cameron Liston
  • Gregory Mortenson
  • James Rees
  • J. Kirk Richards
  • Elizabeth Robbins
  • Lauren Sansaricq
  • Bryan Taylor

An Active America: SUU Jumpstart Student Exhibit

February 2 - March 3, 2017

An Active America is a collage of individual photographs taken by Southern Utah University Freshmen Jumpstart students and reflects what America means to each them.

Jumpstart is a general education program at SUU that helps freshmen students complete thirteen GE courses (34 credit hours) in their first year of classes. English, Chemistry, Biology, Technology, and Visual Art courses are integrated into a learning environment that encourages the students to practically apply the education they are receiving. Jumpstart students go on field trips, make movies, develop personal websites, give speeches, and create beautiful works of art to provide practical application of what the students learn in the classroom.

The Color of Daily Life: Majolica Pottery by Linda Arbuckle

February 2 - February 28, 2017

Ceramic artist Linda Arbuckle describes her work as functional pottery that is made to engage the user in a fun, playful way in everyday life. She often uses an indulgent amount of decoration and color due to her belief that daily life is the ground zero of values and meaning. All of her pieces in this exhibit are majolica glaze on terracotta clay. For more information about the artist, visit Linda Arbuckle's website.

SUU Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

January 19 - March 11, 2017

The Annual SUU Art & Design Faculty Exhibition features over 20 local artists and educators. The department is excited to present the work of thirteen full-time Art & Design faculty who practice in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, digital, and graphic design. Works by part-time faculty are also exhibited. It is an opportunity for the community to view and celebrate the work of SUU's distinguished faculty who have earned regional, national, and international recognition for excellence in their art making. The variety of this exhibit expresses many different perspectives and features work from the functional to the abstract to the whimsical - there is something for everyone in this show.

The Art of Travel

January 12 - February 1, 2017

This exhibit included tourism posters and postcards created by SUU students in the ART 4320 Letterpress class taught by Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Jeff Hanson, who believes that students do their best work when they have a personal connection to it and forget their perfectionist tendencies.

Each tourism poster represents a place the student has traveled to or wishes to visit someday. The challenge was to create an aesthetic reflecting how the place made them feel, with the intent of sharing that feeling with others.

Jim Jones' Studio

January 4 - March 11, 2017

This exhibit features items from Jimmie Jones' home studio, along with newly displayed artwork from SUMA's collection. The artwork was donated to the museum by the late Rita Fordham.

2016

Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit

November 17 - December 15, 2016

This senior capstone exhibition showcases the culmination of the undergraduate art studio experience. 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.

Jerry Uelsmann

November 3 - December 15, 2016

Uelsmann is known for his almost magical ability of creating visually stunning prints in a darkroom. At the age of 82, even after many years of practicing his craft, Uelsmann continues working in the darkroom to explore the options and possibilities of developing prints from film negatives. He creates his composites from analog images, using photo manipulation to create his masterpieces. Despite technological advances in digital photography, Uelsmann is still committed to working in a darkroom and loves watching his prints appear in the developer.

When asked about his artistic work, Uelsmann said, "Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself."

Down the Rabbit Hole

November 2 - December 15, 2016

"Down the Rabbit Hole" was a pinhole photography exhibit featuring SUU's Art & Design Art 2500: Intermediate Photography students. Each student created his or her own pinhole camera to create each photograph.

Finding Solace: The Dark Side of SUMA

October 28 - December 15, 2016

Finding Solace was curated by students at Southern Utah University, many of whom work at SUMA, gaining hands-on museum experience while obtaining their undergraduate or graduate degrees. This exhibit featured a collection of art taken from SUMA's collection that centered around the curators' desire for the viewer to examine the depth of his or her personal emotions.

Young Sil Rho

October 13, 2016 - January 14, 2017

Korean artist Young Sil Rho began studying art in 1954. In 1970 she held her first of many solo exhibitions in New York City. During one of her trips abroad the United States, she visited Zion National Park where she met Sunny Lee (a fellow Korean and resident of Springdale outside Zion) who encouraged the artist to donate 40 of her paintings to SUMA. This exhibit was from that collection.

Nathan Florence

October 6 - November 12, 2016

Courtesy of Modern West Fine Art in Salt Lake City

When asked about his current work, Florence said, "My definition of what it means to be an artist has expanded from traditional drawing and painting to include community activism and education and is still expanding. My current projects include painting commissions, directing a documentary and being an artist in residence at a charter school that has an art and project learning emphasis."

For more information, visit Modern West Fine Art's website.

Andy Nasisse: Badlands

September 23 - October 31, 2016

World renowned ceramics artist Andy Nasisse presents an exhibit of landscape photography and ceramics sculptures which mirror the images found in the rock formations. For more information about this artist, please visit Andy Nasisse's website.

Arts Afire Plein Air Art Invitational Exhibit and Sale

July 16 - September 15, 2016

Ten of the best plein air painters throughout the southwest painted and conducted demonstrations at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar Canyon and at SUMA.

The Grand Circle Tour - National Park Historic Photography Exhibit

July 7 - September 1, 2016

A black and white photographic tour of the route tourists took from Cedar City, Utah, to Zion, Grand Canyon - North Rim, Bryce Canyon, and Cedar Breaks National Parks from 1920 through 1960. The exhibit contains photographs from SUU Library's Special Collection; artifacts from the Utah Parks Company collection, Ryan Paul's private collection, and SUMA; and Gilbert Stanley Underwood's architectural drawings for the Zion Lodge from the University of Las Vegas.

Kevin Kehoe: Western Therapy

June 25 - October 1, 2016

Courtesy of Modern West Fine Art in Salt Lake City

"Western Therapy was born out of the realization that we all need to be reminded that the big picture is indeed big, and we are indeed small. Feeling significantly insignificant is the west's wonderful way of renewing our sense of wow and wonder, while simultaneously making life's trials and tribulations conveniently vanish from our consciousness....Long story short, each of the magical western places I've chosen to paint have worked their western magic on me. My aim and my hope is that my Western Therapy paintings will have a similar effect on you." For more information about Kevin Kehoe, visit Modern West Fine Art's website.

Find Your Park

June 25 - August 27, 2016

Juried SUU student exhibition that celebrated the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary.

First Peek

June 25 - July 14, 2016

First Peek is the opening exhibition for the Southern Utah Museum of Art, featuring multiple artists and various art forms.