Upcoming Exhibits


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

September 27 - October 12 

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. 

A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

October 14 — December 28

The Champagne Photo, May 10, 1869This 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.

Image Credit: The Champagne Photo, May 10, 1869



October 14 — December 28

Spiral Jetty

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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Day of the Dead: Monarch Migration

October 14 - November 9, 2018 

 Day of the Dead
SUU Students are invited to submit Monarch-inspired artwork for a chance to showcase their piece in a juried exhibition at SUMA. Prizes will be awarded to the top pieces. More information about the Call for Art and requirements can be found here. Submissions are due on September 30 at 6 p.m. 
Each year, millions of monarch butterflies return to the mountains of central Mexico during Day of the Dead. Traditionally, the migration is considered to represent the souls of departed ancestors returning to Earth for their annual visit. 
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, SUU Alumni & Community Relations, SUU Center for Diversity & Inclusion, The Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Southern Utah Museum of Art.