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Southern Utah Museum of Art Announces Upcoming Exhibitions at 25th Art Auction

SUMA Sells Out First Auction Held at the Museum

On Friday, March 22, Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) announced its upcoming exhibition schedule to a sold out crowd at the 25th Annual Art Auction, an event to raise funds to bring locally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists and exhibitions to southern Utah.25th Annual Art Auction Bidding

The evening started with a social hour, allowing guests to take a close-up look at the art in the live auction and create a bidding strategy, view Tour of Utah fan favorite TJ Eisenhart in action painting and mingle with friends and other supporters. Following welcoming remarks, Rusty and Kim Aiken, owners of Rusty’s Ranch House, were honored with this year’s LaRae King Friend of Art Award. To commemorate their 24 years of hosting the art auction, the Aikens were presented with a painting by Diane Walsh depicting an auction scene at Rusty’s.

25th Annual Art Auction Emcees The live auction was hosted by co-emcees Michael Bahr and Scott Burns, providing lively commentary throughout the evening. The variety of art contributed by local artists ranged from painting of various media, photography, sculpture and glasswork and raised nearly $30,000 between the live auction, silent auction and opportunity to win drawing.

While guests gathered for the auction to support the arts, the true highlight of the evening was the new space for the event.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive response we received for hosting this long-standing event at SUMA of the first time,” said Jessica Farling, director/curator of SUMA. “By having the art hang in the museum, with added space and lighting, we were able to showcase the true talent of our participating artists. I am excited to see the direction we can take the event in the future as we continue to reimagine the space available to us in our beautiful building.”

The most notable announcement of the evening came from Farling as she shared the news of an approved loan request from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to be included in an exhibition of Al Farrow:Wrath & Reverence. Farrow’s works depict ornate religious structures, ritual objects and reliquaries created with deconstructed guns, bullets, bone, glass and steel and opens in early August.

Also announced during the evening was a solo exhibition for Kate Starling titled A Study of Scale, a show featuring an intimate look at southern Utah landscape opening in mid-May; an exhibition opening in late June featuring the work of Karl Momen titled Homage to William Shakespeare, a series of paintings depicting the works of Shakespeare through simplistic compositions, color and symbolism; and an exhibition joining in the state-wide celebration of the 150th anniversary of the golden spike ceremony with A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah opening in mid-October.

The 25th Annual Art Auction would not have been possible without the generous support of the participating artists and sponsors—Zions Bank, Rainbow Sign and Design, Artisans Art Gallery, Ripple Effect, Thunderbird Foundation and Art Works Gallery. Those interested in supporting SUMA and its exhibitions can become a Friends of SUMA member or make a general donation online.

Check back for an announcement on when the next Art Auction will be held.

 

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Other support from Ripple Effect, Thunderbird Foundation, and Art Works Gallery.