University Programs

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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Art Insights

Select Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Southern Utah Museum of Art
Art Insights is hosted during the fall and spring semesters by the SUU Department of Art and Design. Students and community members are invited to meet at SUMA to experience presentations and talks by a number of visiting artists and arts professionals who share their work and insights. The Art Insights lecture series is free and open to the public.

  • January 11: Becca Clason
  • January 25: Sam Chung
  • February 8: Kimberly Shelby
  • February 22: Art and Design Students
  • March 1: Erika Schultz
  • March 8: Vanessa and Ron Lemen
  • April 5: Stuart Robinson
  • April 19: David Emitt Adams

SUMA Happenings

Select Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
Southern Utah Museum of Art

A SUMA Happening is a performance, event, film, or artistic situation hosted at the Southern Utah Museum of Art. The phrase was originally coined by American artist Allen Kaprow in the 1950s to describe a range of art-related events. SUMA Happenings are always free for SUU students and Friends of SUMA members. Non-students and not-yet-members can experience SUMA Happenings for $10 at the door.

February 15: This SUMA Happenings will include live performances featuring local artists from a variety of arts disciplines. Participants can also engage in creative break out sessions to explore their own unique expression. 

March 29: For this event, SUMA will screen Loving Vincent in honor of Vincent van Gogh’s birthday on March 30. After the film, attendees will engage in breakout sessions to discuss, “What really happened to Vincent van Gogh?”




Art Adventures

Select Saturdays, 9 a.m.
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.

February 10: Double Negative by Michael Heizer

Attendees will travel to Nevada to see a work of land art by Michael Heizer called Double Negative. Created between 1969 and 1970, the work is located in Moapa Valley near Overton. Transportation and lunch will be provided. This program is $15 for SUU students, $25 for members, and $35 for not-yet members. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms will be provided soon.

April 14: Kolob Canyon at Zion National Park

Attendees will meet up at the Timber Creek Overlook Trailhead at Kolob Canyon to learn from Kelly Chuning, Zion Student Artist-in-Residence and photography major at Southern Utah University. The landscape of southern Utah has inspired many artists over the past century. Kelly will offer tips and tricks for landscape photography as the group explores Kolob Canyon. Water and snacks will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms will be provided soon.