Southern Utah Museum of Art

Adult Programs

Our friends and neighbors in Iron County are a vital part of what makes the Southern Utah Museum of Art a cultural center in our community. The mission of the Learning and Experiences team is to champion participation in the arts through participatory learning and experiences for people of all ages. Adults in our community are invited to experience SUMA through programs like Art Adventures, Lunch and Learn, Melody in the Museum, and the Art Insights lecture series.


Gallery Talk: A World Transformed

Tuesday, October 15, 4 p.m.

Join Ryan Paul, SUU History Lecturer, for a walking tour of the fall exhibition, A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah. Attendees will learn more about the imagery and artifacts found in the exhibition. This program is free and open to the public.

Community Creates

Community Creates

Select Third Tuesdays, 6 p.m.

Various Locations

Get creative with our new program providing workshops for adults in a variety of mediums.  Workshops are inspired by the current exhibit and led by local artists. Each workshop will begin with general tips and best practices, then we will split into two groups based upon participant skill levels. If you are a beginner, the instructor will lead you through a guided experience to help you feel like a successful artist. If you are more experienced, feel free to go at your own pace and come away with your own unique creation! 

Registration is required due to limited availability.

November 19 - Clay Hand Building with Brandon Wainwright
December 17 - Hand-carved Stamps with Alisa Peterson

Pricing per class: 
SUMA Sidekicks: $10 
Friends of SUMA Members: $15
Not-yet Members: $20

Registration can be completed on Eventbrite. 

SUMA Members and Sidekicks can email for a special discount code. 


Art + Wellness

Art + Wellness: Tai Chi

Mondays and Wednesdays at noon
October 21 - December 13

Spend your lunch break doing tai chi at the museum! In collaboration with Five County Association of Governments, SUMA’s Art and Wellness series will bring the practice of Tai Chi into SUMA's open gallery spaces this fall. Led by Linda Russo, these hour-long classes are for all ages, abilities, and levels. No experience is necessary. This program is free and open to the public. Classes are limited to 25 participants and are first-come, first-serve.


Day of the Dead Celebration

Day of the Dead

Saturday, November 2, 2—6 p.m. 

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

After last year’s success, the community is invited to celebrate Day of the Dead around the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts! Participants can expect a variety of hands-on activities, face painting, storytelling, live performances including Ballet Folklórico, and much more. Vendors will provide traditional foods including street tacos, pan de muerto, and atole. In connection with the cultural celebration, juried artwork inspired by Monarch butterflies will be on display in the Rocki Alice Gallery from October 14 through November 9.

This event is free and open to the public through collaboration with Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, SUU Art and Design, SUU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, SUU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, SUU Languages & Philosophy, SUU Latino Student Association, SUU Student Programming Board, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and SUU Alumni and Community Relations. 


Lecture:The Spiral Jetty Encyclo

Tuesday, November 5, 6 p.m.

Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center

Join author Hikmet Sidney Loe for a talk about her book, The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson’s Earthwork through Time and Place. Attendees will discover how much significance Smithson places on regional considerations. Loe teaches art history at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Her work examines the changeable nature of the earth and addresses our perceptual and cultural constructs of the land. This lecture is free and open to the public.


A Very SUMA Holiday: Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, December 20, 4 - 7 p.m. 

Join us in a community celebration of the shortest day of the year with a late night at SUMA! We’ll have activities for all ages in the classroom and gallery, light refreshments, live music performances, and storytelling! Our SUMA Shop merchandise will also be 25% off during this event.