Students in front of the SUMA building

Museum Visits

Southern Utah Museum of Art is inviting you to reserve a time for your students to engage with the exhibitions at SUMA through in-person, self-guided tours and/or facilitated tours with SUMA staff.

To give some context, here’s what will be on display in SUMA:

October 14, 2023 - March 2, 2024

BRUTAL DC is a design exhibition comprising archival documents, recent re-imaginings, and fine art photography that considers the historical underpinnings, current state, and future possibilities of key Brutalist buildings in Washington, DC.

Robert Gardner, Architect: Cedar City Mid-Century Modern

Drawing from Gardner’s expansive archive, held in Southern Utah University’s Special Collections, this exhibition illuminates the profound impact of L. Robert Gardner on the built environment and architectural history of the university and its wider community.

October 14 - December 23, 2023

2023 Senior BFA Fall Exhibition

The Senior BFA Fall Exhibition showcases the culmination of each graduating art student’s time in the SUU Department of Filmmaking, Art & Design.


If you are interested in touring pieces in the permanent collection, please email us at We need 30 days advance notice in order to pull pieces for your classes, so please make sure you plan accordingly. 

Please use the button below to request a guided tour of the current exhibition for your students. 

Request a tour

Independent Visits

The following are suggestions for instructed visits or visits that can be assigned to students as independent/ group assignments. This is an excellent option for educators looking for an interdisciplinary way to challenge conceptual understanding, build observational skills, or practice language.


Students choose an artwork from the exhibition and craft a response based on their visual interpretation and its relationship with the surrounding exhibition. Then after reading the background information students evaluate their response and recontextualize the artwork. Questions to consider: Was your interpretation correct? How does this piece connect to other works of art? How does it relate to the exhibition's theme? Is the time period/ cultural moment in which it was created relevant to the subject matter? Has your personal response changed?

Contemporary Issues

Teachers identify an issue explored in their course and a related work of art currently on display. Students are asked to discuss/ write about / present on this relationship.

Image Description

Students write a detailed image description of a selected work of art. They are to describe the artwork as fully as possible, as if explaining it to someone who has never seen the piece. They can then trade descriptions with a classmate and see if they are able to identify the artwork described. This activity is also great for practicing foreign languages!

Label translation

Students translate labels into the language they are learning.

Creative Writing/ Emulation

Students select or are assigned a work of art as the basis of a creative essay. Alternatively, students select or are assigned a work of art or artist to emulate. Our permanent collection is another great resource for this assignment!