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.

SUMA After Hours

Select Final Fridays:  August 30, September 27
5—8 p.m.

SUMA After Hours

In conjunction with Cedar City Arts Council's Final Friday Art Walks, SUMA After Hours presents fun and engaging adult programming for students and community members. Although geared toward ages 18 and older, this program can be enjoyed by the whole family. With live performances in the gallery and art activities, participants can experience a different side of the museum, perfect for a casual evening with friends or a date. Light refreshments will be provided. This program series is free and open to the public.  


August 30: Printmaking the Town Red

Live music will be performed by Canyon Reverb. Create red prints in honor of SUU's Paint the Town Red. Find our booth on Main Street for additional activities! 

September 27: A Very Big Tiny Art Show at Southern Utah Museum of (Miniature) Art

Celebrate the opening of Southern Utah Museum of (Miniature) Art, a collaboration with 26 artists and Tiny Art Show! Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own tiny art while enjoying mini refreshments. Live music will be performed by Southern Utah String Quartet. This show will be on display until Saturday, October 12.

A.P.E.X. Talk: Al Farrow

Thursday, September 19, 11:30 a.m.

Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center

A.P.E.X. brings speakers and lecturers from around the world to speak to the SUU and Cedar City communities. SUMA is partnering with A.P.E.X. to bring Al Farrow back to campus to speak to students and community members about his work featured in the museum’s exhibition Al Farrow: Wrath & Reverence. This talk is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk: Wrath & Reverence

Tuesday, October 1, 4 p.m.

Join Jessica Farling, SUMA Director/Curator, for a walking tour of Al Farrow: Wrath & Reverence. Attendees will explore the exhibition and learn about the techniques and motivations behind Farrow’s work. This program is free and open to the public.

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.

Art Adventures 

Art Adventures: Land Art Banner

Spiral Jetty, Golden Spike National Historic Park, Union Station in Ogden
Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19

Join us for a special Art Adventures where participants will have the opportunity to visit iconic locations represented in SUMA’s current exhibitions. The excursion will begin with a visit to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. Using over six thousand tons of black basalt rocks from the site, this nationally-recognized land art was completed in 1970 and was featured during Fieldworks, a collaborative project between the University of Oklahoma and Southern Utah University. 

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike, and in conjunction with A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah, the group will visit the Golden Spike National Historic Park and the Union Station in Ogden. Attendees can walk on the original railroad grade and enjoy two Victorian-era replica steam locomotives. 

The group will depart SUU at 7 a.m. on Friday, October 18 and return by 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 19. Space is limited to 12 participants and registration is required. Pricing includes transportation and double room occupancy for one night. Pricing does not include meals outside of breakfast provided by the hotel. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite

SUMA Sidekicks: $136
Friends of SUMA Members: $140
Not-yet Members: $190

If you are a SUMA Sidekick or Friends of SUMA Member, please email for your discount code.  

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.

October 15
- Photography with Rheana Gardner
November 19 - Pottery and Ceramics with Spencer Davis
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: 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.