University Programs

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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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Community Creates with Eric Brown:

Life Drawing

Second Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m.

SUMA Main Gallery

SUMA is proud to introduce a life drawing class led by Eric Brown, SUU Professor of Art. Classes will feature one undraped model for each session in a number of different poses for you to practice drawing with different media. Each session will feature a new model, so attendees may want to consider attending all four sessions.
Registration is required due to limited availability.
Discounts are available for Friends of SUMA and SUMA Sidekicks members.
Please email for your access code.


Standard Ticket - $15
Friends of SUMA Member - $10
SUMA Sidekick - $5

Tickets are available on Eventbrite

Gallery Talk: 2021 Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

January 22, 5-6 p.m.

SUMA Main Gallery

Join select faculty members from the SUU Department of Art & Design for a walking tour of this biennial exhibition. The artists will answer questions about their work and process, granting deeper insight into the exhibition.


Black History Month Film Screening

February 23, 6-7 p.m.

Sharwan Smith Student Center, Church Auditorium

Join Southern Utah Museum of Art for a screening of Art21 segments in celebration of Black History Month! Featured artists include Kerry James Marshall and LaToya Ruby Frazier. In addition to the short films, the 45-minute program will include remarks from Randall Cabe and Rheana Gardner. This is a free event—no registration required. For more information, please contact


Date Night at the Museum:

The Art of Chocolate

Friday, February 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Suma Gallery and Classroom

Come enjoy a chocolate and cheese tasting with a local chocolatier in the SUMA gallery to celebrate Valentine’s Day! St. George based candy company Obsidian will provide a chocolate tasting experience where guests will learn about the art of chocolate and candy making. Guests will also take home a Valentine’s inspired art kit at the end of the evening.

Standar price: $20
Sidekick discount: $15

This event is exclusive for SUU students. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.  

A.P.E.X. Lecture: Cara Despain

February 25, 11:30 a.m.

Hunter Conference Center, Great Hall

SUMA is teaming up with A.P.E.X. and the Grace A. Tanner Center at SUU to host Cara Despain, artist behind From Dust, for a public talk on Thursday, February 25 at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center.
For more information, please visit

Gallery Talk: 2021 Senior BFA Exhibition

Wednesday, March 31

SUMA proudly presents a selection of graduating BFA students from the SUU Department of Art & Design for a special gallery talk in conjunction with the SUU Festival of Excellence. Join these students for a discussion about their work and artistic process. This program is free and open to the public.


Art+Wellness: Meditation

April 5, 12, 19, 26; 6-7 p.m.


Start your week off in the right mindset by joining SUMA for an Art + Wellness: Meditation Series. Every Monday evening in the month of April, participate in a guided meditation that will help reset your focus and wellbeing for the week ahead. Space is limited to 15 participants age 18 or older.
Each session is free for SUMA Sidekicks and Friends of SUMA members or $5 for not-yet members. Reserve your spot today!

Art Adventure - Day Trip to Nevada's Famous Earthwork Installation Art

Double Negative, Seven Magic Mountains, and Jean Dry Lake

April 17, departing 8 a.m.

Join the museum on an adventure down to Nevada to see a monumental Earthwork and installation art! The itinerary will begin with a stop at Double Negative by Michael Heizer, which is located on Mormon Mesa. Then, attendees will travel to Las Vegas to see Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, now a permanent installation. Located near Jean Dry Lake, Seven Magic Mountains will be a launching point for examining one of the earliest works of Land art by Heizer called Rift 1, which no longer exists. Participants will learn about the history of land art and the artists Heizer and Rondinone on the trip.
Standard price: $35
Members Discount: $30
Sidekick Discount: $20


SUMA Happenings

Paint the Town

Friday, April 9, 6 - 8 p.m.


Celebrate the power of color with SUMA during the 2021 Senior BFA Exhibition! See the works of your fellow SUU students and create your own work inspired by these talented artists. There will be food, live music, and plenty of art activities.


SUMA Sidekicks

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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. students in the southern utah muesuem of art


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)
  • 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 2019-20 academic year, prizes include the following: 

  • 2 punches = Better Days 2020 Pin
  • 4 punches = SUMA Gallery Notebook
  • 6 punches = SUMA Art Sticker Sheet
  • 8 punches = SUMA Tote Bag
  • 10 punches = SUMA Enamel Pin

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.