University Programs

Students in front of the SUMA building

Being a university-based art museum, the students of Southern Utah University are the museum's primary audience. SUMA offers a wide range of programs for the university, including student internships, special student events, and more. Students are invited to engage in activities such as the Art Insights lecture series and new programs like SUMA Happenings and Art Adventures. All of the programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise noted.

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SUMA Sidekicks


SUMA Sidekicks is a FREE membership program for students of Southern Utah University with opportunities to earn rewards! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4…

  1. Sign Up
  2. Do Stuff
  3. Collect Punches
  4. Get Rewarded


Sign up to be a SUMA Sidekick, a FREE membership, in person at SUMA or online. Members will receive a new Sidekick punch card each academic year for opportunities to win new prizes! 


View art in the galleries, participate in programs, or follow us on social media, all of which earn you punches. back-to-school-9-2018-10-of-72-1.jpg


Collect punches by showing your punch card to a SUMA employee during these opportunities: 

  • Drop-in visits to SUMA to see new exhibitions or return to see your favorite exhibitions (unlimited punches)
  • Bring a friend to SUMA or a program (one punch) 
  • Follow us on Instagram (one punch)
  • Like us on Facebook (one punch)
  • Attend a SUMA-sponsored event listed in our Calendar of Events (one punch per event/program)
  • Participate in an activity at a SUMA event (bonus one-time punch)
  • Respond to a survey (bonus one-time punch)
  • Refer a friend to SUMA Sidekicks (unlimited punches) 


Redeem your punches for special merchandise only available to SUMA Sidekicks. Full punch cards may be redeemed for a special event at the end of the academic year. For the 2018-19 academic year, prizes include the following: 

  • 3 punches = SUMA drawstring bag
  • 6 punches = SUMA Sidekicks button
  • 8 punches = SUMA notepad
  • 10 punches = 30% off one item in the SUMA Gift Shop (excludes giclées)
  • 15 punches = SUMA water bottle 
  • 18 punches = Invitation to a private event (exclusive for students that complete their punch cards by April 15, 2019) 


You must be a current student at Southern Utah University to join SUMA Sidekicks. Features of the program are subject to change. There is no financial obligation to join. By joining, you will automatically be added to the museum's monthly eNewsletter. 

Yoga at SUMA

Select Mondays at 6 p.m.
January 14
February 4
March 4
April 8

Individuals practicing Yoga at SUMA

Our Yoga at SUMA series brings the practice of yoga into SUMA's open gallery spaces. Led by Cedar Yoga Space owner and instructor, Rebecca Simms, and instructor Ivy Kiley, these hour-long classes are for all abilities and levels. No experience is necessary. Please bring your own mat. This program is free for students, $6 for SUMA and Cedar Yoga Space members, and $12 for not-yet members. Classes are limited to 25 participants and are first-come, first-served.


Date Night at the Museum

Thursday, February 14, 6 p.m.

Date Night at the Museum will provide the perfect classy date for you and your valentine.  There will be food, live music, dance instruction, and more! Come to SUMA earlier in the day to get insider information about the artwork to impress your date.  This event is exclusive for SUU students.

$20 per couple 

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite and include dinner and a make-and-take activity for two people. 

This event is open to SUU students only. SUMA Sidekicks receive 10% off tickets. Email for the code before purchasing your tickets. 

Eventbrite - Date Night at the Museum (SUU Students Only)

Art Adventures

Select Saturdays
Off-site and Outdoors

Inspired by the former Art Hikes program, Art Adventures is a new program for those interested in getting outside and getting inspired. From day-trips to nearby meet-ups, Art Adventures will explore the connection between art and nature.

Troublemakers Film Screening
Thursday, February 28
6 p.m.
Church Auditorium - SUU Student Center

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art explores the history of Land art in the early 1960s and late 1970s. The film includes rare footage and interviews with artists such as Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt, and Robert Smithson who created Double Negative, Sun Tunnels, and Spiral Jetty. This will kick off SUMA’s upcoming exhibits and programs involving land art. Join us in our Art Adventure to Spiral Jetty and Sun Tunnels in Fall 2019!


Plein Air with Arlene Braithwaite
Saturday, April 6
9 a.m.
Jimmie Jones' House / Studio

jimmie-jones-houseFor this event, participants will learn about Jimmie Jones and gain inspiration from nature to create plein air pastel drawings. Jones biographer, Jim Aton, will teach participants about Jimmie Jones' life and legacy, and local Cedar City artist, Arlene Braithwaite, will lead participants in drawing and composition techniques to capture the beauty of the landscape Jimmie Jones painted. Participants will meet at SUMA and transportation will be provided to Jimmie Jones' house and studio.

SUMA will provide water and snacks, but participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Space is limited to 25 participants and registration is required.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

SUU Students: $5
SUMA Members: $5
Not-yet Members: $10

SUMA Happenings: End of the World Party

Thursday, April 25, 6-8p.m.

Celebrate the end of the school year with SUMA.  There will be food, festivities, and fun! This event will be open to all students, but SUMA Sidekicks who have completed their punch card will receive special VIP perks.