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 logo

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. 


Collect punches by showing your punch card to a SUMA employee during these opportunities: SUU student shows bracelet made at SUMA event.

  • 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. 


SUMA Happenings: Back to School Party

Thursday, September 13, 6 - 8 p.m.

sumahappenings-jewelry-makingKick off the 2018 - 2019 school year with a party at SUMA! This event will feature printing and drawing activities inspired by James Surls: Across the Universe Divide and music in the galleries by DJ Jason Sander. Students can celebrate the launce of SUMA Sidekicks. Food and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to all SUU students. 

Yoga at SUMA

Thursdays: September 6, 27
Mondays: October 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26
4 p.m.

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, $5 for members, and $10 for not-yet members. Classes are limited to 25 participants and are first-come, first-serve.

Please note: Yoga at SUMA on Thursday, September 27, will take place at Cedar Yoga Space at 473 N 200 W, Suite 1. For more information, please call: (805) 539-8281.

SUMA After Hours

Final Fridays: August 31
5-8 p.m.

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 ages 18+. From live performances and stand up comedy to hands-on arts activities, participants can experience a different side of the museum, perfect for a casual evening with friends or a date. These events are free and open to the public.


August 31: Comedy

SUMA After Hours promises to be a night of laughs. Enjoy improv comedy in the galleries, as well as some fun, hands-on art activities and games.

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.

Oil painting of landscapeSaturday, November 17
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

For this event, participants will gain inspiration from the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs to create "negative" charcoal drawings. A local Cedar City artist will lead participants in drawing and composition techniques to capture the beauty and mystery of the petroglyph. Participants will meet at the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs parking lot. This program is $5 for SUU students and members and $10 for not-yet members. Space is limited to 25 participants and registration is required. 

Image Credit:
Long Shadows at Cedar Breaks
Mona Woolsey

A Very SUMA Holiday: National Cookie Day

Tuesday, December 4, noon - 4 p.m.

Celebrate National Cookie Day and get in the holiday spirit by decorating festive sugar cookies and gingerbread houses! SUMA will provide all decorating supplies for participates to design their own unique and edible creations.