Museum Insider 2019

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Jessica Farling Whitney Staheli Arielle Altenburg Cheyenne Nelson Katie Jensen Katie Swainston Rachel Parker Johnson Sara Thomas

Ernesto Balderas Kelly Chuning Ivy Kiley Cameron Houston Emily Moyle Elisabeth Poit Mallory Sanders Tanner Vario

Southern Utah Museum of Art




ear friends, As many of you know, I began my work at SUMA in 2017 — just as the museum was celebrating its one year anniversary. I tried to spend much of that year observing day-to-day operations, as well as talking to stakeholders such as staff, board members, volunteers, university administration, elected officials, local artists, and community members. This led to changes within the organization that you may have noticed. For example, we updated our mission statement to reflect who we are here to serve: As an educational and cultural resource, Southern Utah Museum of Art strives to foster engagement and experiential learning for students of Southern Utah University, as well as communities across the region through its permanent collections, diverse exhibitions, and participatory experiences. We are now in the process of finalizing our first strategic plan, which will help guide the organization until 2024 and includes a new vision statement and a set of core values. We want our visitors and supporters to follow us along on this journey, so watch our website over the coming months for details on the strategic plan, as well as a much-needed transformation. Remember, this is the art museum of Southern Utah University and beyond, and we want to hear from you! If you have general inquiries, we encourage you to contact us at and program ideas can be sent to us at

Jessica Farling bids on artwork during the 25th Annual Art Auction.

We hope to see you soon!

Jessica Farling Director/Curator

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Q & A WITH KATE Bringing Geology & Painting Together

Get to know Kate Starling in this Q&A between her and Director/Curator, Jessica Farling. Kate Starling: A Study of Scale, opens to the public on Saturday, May 11 and runs through Saturday, July 27.


How does your background in geology influence your work as a landscape painter? KS: I have always loved being outside, and most of my decisions in life have led me there. When I took my first geology course, I found a subject that answered my questions about the land around me. When I learned to paint, I could finally express my curiosity and emotion about the beauty of the places where I spent my time. Mine is a basic understanding of the geologic process, but those principles apply to every place I paint, making it more fun because I can imagine what happened there to make it look the way it does.

Q Four O’Clock, 2018 Oil on linen, 60 x 40 in. Loan from the artist, 2019

Who were your mentors? KS: Since I make paintings both in and about the outdoors, I have two different areas of mentorship for which I am grateful. First, Yu Ji, a professor at Southern Utah University, taught me how to see, how to paint, and the importance of saying something in a painting. Second, when I was in high school, Gene Lefebvre and Dale Childs taught me how to be comfortable and safe in the outdoors. Because of them, I can be confident wherever I work.


What do you hope visitors take away from the exhibition at SUMA? KS: I wanted this show to be about the place where I live and the things I see every day. When we first come to a spectacular landscape, it is common to only see the obvious. Many of these paintings are about the scenic, but also emphasize the mundane elements in order to let the viewer experience the whole. Some of these paintings are simple elements that catch my eye like the way a cast shadow defines a form. I want what most artists want‌the viewer to glimpse the world as I see it, through my perspective, and appreciate that beauty.



Top — Detail of Remnant of an Evening Storm, 2017 Oil on linen, 30 x 40 in. Loan from the artist, 2019 Bottom Left — Detail of Horse Valley Wash, 2018 Oil on linen, 64 x 60 in. Loan from the artist, 2019 Bottom Right — Detail of Lee Valley, 2018 Oil on linen, 48 x 72 in. Loan from the artist, 2019

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SYMBOLIC CLASSICS An Interpretation of Shakespeare’s Work


arl Momen (Swedish, b. Iran, 1934) is a painter and sculptor whose works are in public and private collections across the globe. In the U.S., Momen is best known as the creator of the epic 87-foot Metaphor: The Tree of Utah sculpture that is located adjacent to Interstate 80 in the stark Bonneville Salt Flats region of Utah. This monumental sculpture, completed in 1986, is seen by millions of travelers each year. Momen moved to Germany in the late 1950s and studied art and architecture as part of the Bauhaus movement. In Germany, he worked for both Max Ernst, one of the masters of Surrealism, and Le Corbusier, one of Europe’s foremost architects. Momen moved to Sweden in 1962 and, after establishing himself as a successful architect, began to work full-time as an artist and sculptor in 1977. Since then his work has been



exhibited in numerous museums and galleries worldwide. His work continues to be rooted in the visual language of formalism, emphasizing simplistic compositions, color, and symbolism. It was through his abiding love of the theatre and of classical music that he eventually discovered the sounding board of his true vision. In his Homage to William Shakespeare suite, from the late 1990s, he was able to synthesize his passion for operatic and dramatic literature with his love of the musical equivalent of these forms. It was here that Momen not only discovered a new iconography of formal elements, but he also discovered what he needed to say. His language became more passionate, touched by an ancient reverence for the world of mysticism that transformed stolid forms into universal signifiers for the human condition.

This exhibition will remain on view at SUMA through Saturday, October 5, 2019 in conjunction with Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Left Page — Detail of Hamlet, 1998 Oil on canvas, 67 x 67 in. Top — Detail of Hamlet, 1998 Oil on canvas, 67 x 67 in. Middle Left — Detail of Anthony and Cleopatra, 1996 Oil on canvas, 67 x 67 in. Middle Right — Detail of Romeo & Juliet, 1998 Oil on canvas, 67 x 67 in. Bottom — Detail of Richard III, 1996 Oil on canvas, 67 x 67 in.

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OF BELIEF & BULLETS Al Farrow: Wrath and Reverence Coming Soon


rom a distance, Al Farrow’s sculptures are faithful, meticulously constructed scale models of mosques, synagogues, and cathedrals. Some works are recreations of real structures; every aspect is measured and drawn from authentic sources. Others are inspired by architecture of specific eras and regions. However, as the viewer draws closer, the medium becomes more apparent—these ornate sculptures are crafted from guns and munitions. Flying buttresses on a gothic cathedral are pistols, colorful mosque tiles are bullet casings, and the columns of a medieval mausoleum are mortar shells. The connection between religion and violence is not a simplistic one in Farrow’s work — he illustrates the lengthy history of major religions’ hands in war and violence. Farrow was initially inspired by a trip to the San Lorenzo crypt in Florence, Italy, in 1995 where he observed a finger encased in a reliquary, locked in a position akin to stenosing tenosynovitis, or trigger finger. Thus began a long succession of thought, connecting ideas from the political climate of the day to the brutal history

of violence in the name of religion, and the drive to create a dialogue through his work. Farrow’s sculptures are accurately built from the inside out, as he finds resemblances in the shapes of disassembled weapons to architectural design. In his monumental piece Bombed Mosque, each of the 50,000+ disarmed bullets were hand polished or painted by Farrow to achieve color true to similar, real-life Islamic mosques. The bombed out dome was accurately finished before Farrow destroyed it with a torch, and the exposed chamber is just as intricately wrought as the visible exterior. Born in Brooklyn and now based in San Francisco, Farrow has been an exhibiting artist for more than 40 years, working in a variety of three-dimensional media from bronze to clay to assemblage. This traveling exhibition, shown at Forum Gallery, 21c Museum Hotel, and Bellevue Arts Museum, makes its final stop at SUMA from August 5 to October 5, 2019.

About the catalog SUMA will offer an accompanying catalog for this exhibition, produced by Forum Gallery in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum. The forward by journalist, activist, and minister Chris Hedges observes that the work forces the viewer to “confront not only the role of institutionalized religion plays in war, but the religion of war… In taking instruments of violence and annihilation, and creating objects of macabre beauty that open our eyes to the perversion of war, Farrow turns this hijacking upside down. He reclaims the sacred.”



Left to Right (Top to Bottom): Details of: Vandalized Mosque Door, 2016 Mausoleum, 2007 Synagogue III, 2010 Al Farrow pictured with Vandalized Mosque Door, 2016 The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007 Red Door, 2014

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Two Exhibits that Examine the Utah Landscape


his year marks the 150th anniversary of the connection of the first North American transcontinental railroad. Most people know of the ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869 where the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined, and where a solid gold railroad spike became the symbol for the completion of the railroad. What many people do not know is that Utahns played a major role with the transcontinental railroad through investment, surveying, and labor. The Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University and the Utah Division of State History have partnered to create, A

World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah, which shares the story of Utah’s contribution to the transcontinental railroad and the railway’s transformational effects on the state. It draws upon many rich historical



resources held by different institutions across Utah and the United States including diaries, letters, photographs, maps, art, and lithographs. In addition to providing a historical background for the transcontinental railroad and discussing the many changes it brought to Utah, it also examines certain topics in depth such as surveying, laborers, railroad photography, and the Ghost Dance, through the eyes of individuals whose lives were forever changed. Alternatively, Fieldworks is an initiative launched, in 2015, by faculty in the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Through extensive study of arid regions in the western United States, it cultivates an archive of objects, images, and texts that form the basis for exhibitions, publications, and teaching. Through its interdisciplinary approach to the arts, humanities, and

Photograph by Todd Stewart of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, located 15 miles from the Golden Spike National Historic Site

Pulling from its archive, the Fieldworks exhibition will focus on the Great Basin region traversed by the First Transcontinental Railroad. Preparatory travel with students from OU and SUU in the summer of 2019 will augment the archive with new materials linked to places of direct or contextual relevance to the earliest coast-to-coast rail connection across North America. Sponsored by Kirkpatrick Foundation and Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

sciences, Fieldworks examines how people comprehend and interact with nature, producing knowledge about the traces that our species leaves on the land.

Fieldworks’ collaboration with OU and SUU provides an occasion for fruitful intercollegiate partnership between faculty and students, deepening understanding of the Great Basin region by bringing a wide range of diverse perspectives to bear on land that successfully resisted traversal prior to the driving of the Golden Spike on May 10, 1869. By addressing events that enabled this moment and its subsequent ramifications, Fieldworks will bring fresh insight to an essential episode in Utahn and world history.

Champagne Photo (or East and West Shaking Hands), Promontory Summit, May 10, 1869 by A.J. Russell.

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EXPERIENCE SUMA New Programs for All Ages


he last year has been a great time for growth at SUMA. We increased attendance by 15%, added an additional full-time staff member, and launched three new programs and events that we are excited to see return in Fall 2019. In November 2018, we hosted our first ever Day of the Dead Celebration where we welcomed nearly 1,100 guests in the span of three hours. This event honored the cultural traditions of Day of the Dead with an exhibition of student art, traditional Mexican dancing, face painting, food, and arts activities for all ages. Save the date, Saturday, November 2 from 2 - 6 p.m., as this event expands to the entire Beverley Center for the Arts. In January, we launched our newest program for elementary students, Wonder Wednesdays, after learning about a need for Wednesday afternoon programming due to early-outs in Iron County. Wonder Wednesday rotates between SUMA, SUU’s Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, and Cedar City Library in the Park each week where students can participate in hands-on activities. We’re giving kids a break for the summer, but we’re ready to start Wonder Wednesdays when school is back in session. Our newest program for adults, Faculty Focus, launched in February, tied to

IMPACT: An Exhibition of SUU Art & Design Faculty and Alumni. Each week, a professor from the Art & Design Department taught a two-hour workshop where participants learned the basics of watercolor, ceramics, photography, and letterpress. After an overwhelmingly positive response to the series, we are working on bringing a similar program back in the fall.



If you have any ideas of new programs for SUMA or would like information about any of our current programming, please email

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About Museum Attendance In Fall 2017, the museum held 17 public programs with a combined attendance of 395 people. In Fall 2018, SUMA prioritized increasing public events and programs to 28, with total combined attendance at 2,682. With a 58% increase in event programming, SUMA increased participation by 579%. Support for these programs comes from Zions Bank, Cedar City RAP Tax, and artsFUSION.





his year we held our second annual Spring Breakout: Art Camp for K-5 graders during Iron County’s spring break in April. During the week-long camp, students were able to learn new skills and techniques in a variety of art forms including acrylic paint, fiber art, poetry, and music! The camp culminated on the last day, dubbed “Museum Day,” where the students curated their own exhibition featuring their artwork. Students were able to fully immerse themselves into the museum, even becoming docents, leading their parents and guardians on a tour throughout SUMA.

of teens will learn about developing a story, including characters and plot, and hone their skills in design, illustration, and sculpture. Week one will focus on 2D design, cartoon studies, and illustration. Participants will create storyboards and character sketches that will lead to completing a graphic novel. Week two will focus on 3D design, character development, and clay manipulation. Participants will explore various sculpture techniques and styles as they create a character maquette. The camp consists of ten days, Monday through Friday, June 10-21. Registration is now open on Eventbrite with a special discount for members. If you have questions about the Teen Art Camp, please contact the Learning + Experiences team at

Riding off the success of Spring Breakout, SUMA will offer a similar experience for a new audience — teenagers. This summer, SUMA will host its first Teen Art Camp focusing on middle and high school students of all skill levels. This camp is perfect for teenagers who are curious and passionate about art. Over the course of two weeks, students will draw inspiration from the theme “Heroes” as they create their own graphic novels and learn to make maquettes, small rough drafts of sculptures often used to develop and design characters for video games, animated movies, and television shows. Each day, the group

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Family Day May 11 — Kate’s art ROCKS! 2–4 P.M. FOR ALL AGES

Wonder Wednesdays May 22 — Jasper Johns 2–4 P.M. FOR K-5 STUDENTS

Create Playdate May 29 — Katie Meets the Impressionists By James Mayhew 11 A.M. FOR PRESCHOOLERS


SUMA Summer Nights July 11 — Kate Starling 6–8 P.M. FOR MEMBERS


Family Day June 8 — Let’s get physical with art! 2–4 P.M. FOR ALL AGES

$ Teen Art Camp

June 10 – 21 1–4 P.M.


Gallery Talk June 15 — Kate Starling 1 P.M. FOR ADULTS


SUMA Summer Nights July 18 — Jim Aton 6–8 P.M. FOR MEMBERS

$ Art Adventures

July 20 — Photography with David Pettit 10 A.M. FOR ADULTS

Create Playdate June 26 — Elmer By David McKee 11 A.M.

SUMA Summer Nights July 25 — Macbeth 6–8 P.M.



SUMA After Hours June 28 — Terrariums & Tunes 5–8 P.M.

SUMA After Hours July 26 — The Artistry of Leather Jewelry 5–8 P.M.



Family Day July 13 — To collage or not to collage, that is the question! 2–4 P.M.




SUMA Summer Nights August 1 — Al Farrow 6–8 P.M. FOR MEMBERS

Family Day August 10 — Back to School pARTy! 2–4 P.M. FOR ALL AGES

Create Playdate August 28 — Press Here By Hervé Tullet 11 A.M. FOR PRESCHOOLERS

SUMA After Hours August 30 — Printmaking the Town Red 5–8 P.M. FOR ADULTS


Day of the Dead Celebration November 2 2–6 P.M. FOR COMMUNITY

OCTOBER Gallery Talk October 1 — Al Farrow 4 P.M. FOR ADULTS

Members Preview October 12 — A World Transformed Preview Brunch 10 A.M.–12 P.M. FOR MEMBERS

SEPTEMBER Family Day September 4 2–4 P.M. FOR ALL AGES

Wonder Wednesdays September 18 2–4 P.M. FOR K-5 STUDENTS

Create Playdate September 25 11 A.M.


SUMA After Hours September 27 5–8 P.M.


Wonder Wednesdays November 20 2–4 P.M. FOR K-5 STUDENTS

Small Business Saturday Sale November 30 9–11 A.M. MEMBERS ONLY 11 A.M.–6 P.M. GENERAL PUBLIC

Family Day October 12 — All Aboard for Art! 2–4 P.M.


Gallery Talk October 15 — A World Transformed 4 P.M.




Wonder Wednesdays October 16 2–4 P.M. FOR K-5 STUDENTS

$ Art Adventures


October 17-18 — Land Art 10 A.M.

See the Sun at SUMA! September 28 Astronomy Festival 12–3 P.M.

Create Playdate October 30 11 A.M.


Family Day November 9 2–4 P.M.



Create Playdate December 4 — National Cookie Day 11 A.M. Family Day December 14 2–4 P.M. FOR ALL AGES.

Wonder Wednesdays December 18 2–4 P.M. FOR K-5 STUDENTS

Winter Solstice Celebration December 20 4–7 P.M. FOR COMMUNITY

$ Pricing & Registration:

Availability and full descriptions of events are available online at

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HONORING LEGACY The 25th Annual Art Auction Comes to SUMA


n Friday, March 22, SUMA held its 25th Annual Art Auction at the museum for the first time in auction history, amplifying the space our community members helped build and continue to support. A sold-out event with over 165 guests, the auction was a big hit! Artwork glimmered in SUMA’s galleries with the added space and lighting, showcasing the true talent of our participating artists. Sales from artwork successfully raised nearly $30,000 for the event, which will help to continue bringing local, national, and international artists and exhibitions to southern Utah. The event started with a social hour, inviting guests to mingle with other supporters and preview the art. Live music by gypsy jazz band, Wilhelm, and folk band, Mountaintop Sound, transformed the space into an energetic yet casual atmosphere. Tour of Utah fan favorite, TJ Eisenhart, entertained attendees with live painting. Co-emcees Michael Bahr and Scott Burns provided witty, animated commentary throughout the evening. The variety of art contributed by local artists spanned from paintings of



various media, photography, sculpture, and glasswork in the live auction, silent auction, and opportunity to win drawings. New this year, guests could bid on different workshops and experiences in the silent auction, ranging from a private glass fusion workshop with Carrie Trenholm to a guided hike through Zion National Park with Michael Plyler. In celebrating the legacy of the auction and SUMA’s growth, the evening was the perfect opportunity to present this year’s LaRae King Friend of Art Award to Rusty and Kim Aiken, owners of Rusty’s Ranch House. The Aikens were presented with a painting by Diane Walsh depicting an auction scene at Rusty’s to commemorate their 24 years of hosting the art auction. Guests were also able to stroll down memory lane in a Hall of Fame style installation highlighting past Friend of Art Award recipients. The 25th Annual Art Auction would not have been possible without the generous support of the participating artists and sponsors!

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RECENT GIFTS Works of Art Donated to SUMA


ince SUMA opened in July 2016, the museum has received 144 gifts of artwork and collection storage is now at approximately 93% capacity! The museum has formed a Collections Committee to take on the challenging work of overseeing accessioning and deaccessioning procedures. The committee will review gifts on a quarterly basis to identify which collection to place the object in: Permanent (Accessioned), Education (Non-Accessioned), or Campus (Non-Accessioned). These recommendations will be approved by the Director/Curator and the Advisory Board. The museum’s Collections & Exhibitions team is currently in the process of unframing all works on paper in order to properly store these delicate works of art. SUMA continues to seek grant funding for new storage fixtures that will allow it to adhere to best practices for collections management and preserve these treasures for future generations. Special thanks to Kit Case, on behalf of Jim Case; Ray and Susan Gardner; Joseph Kauffman; the Korean Cultural Center, on behalf of Whi Boo Kim and Jung Uk Yang; LaFave Gallery, on behalf of Roland Lee; Lauren Barney, on behalf of her mother, Mary MacDonald; Robert and Lorraine Warren; Paola and Mia Borgatta, on behalf of their mother, Isabel Case Borgatta; and the Brett Weston Archive for their pledges and donations of work since 2017.

Left to Right: Spike Ress Morning in Kolob, n.d. Watercolor, 32 x 25 in. Gift of Jim Case, 2017

Brett Weston (U.S., 1911-1993) Mud Crack, 1962 Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 in. Pledged gift from the Brett Weston Archive, 2019

Isabel Case Borgatta (U.S., 1921-2017) Untitled Bust 1, n.d. Sandstone, 14.5 x 12 x 9 in. Pledged gift from Paola and Mia Borgatta, 2019

Jung Uk Yang (South Korea, b. 1982) Turtles Do Not Know Our Weekend, 2014 Wood, motor, thread, LED lights, 114 x 70 x 114 in. Gift of the artist, 2018



The best part about traveling with SUU? The funds raised support scholarships for students!

TRAVEL WITH SUMA From New York City in 2018 to Chicago in 2019 In November, SUMA joined forces with SUU Community on the Go for a trip of visual and performing arts in the Big Apple! The participants enjoyed three museums and three Broadway productions for a fun-filled week. Now, SUMA is teaming up with SUU Community on the Go and Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Brian Vaughn for an artsy trip to Chicago! To sign up or receive more information, please email or call (435) 586-7808.

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Join SUMA and Join 1,000 Other Museums


very Friends of SUMA membership, at the Associate level and above, includes the NARM Benefit. But what is NARM? The North American Reciprocal Museum Association, or NARM for short, is an affiliation of arts, cultural, and historical institution located throughout North America. Individuals who join a participating NARM institution can receive reciprocal benefits such as free or reduced admission, discounts on concert and lecture tickets, and shop discounts at 1,050 institutions across North America! NARM is one of the largest reciprocal membership programs in the world. Above all, NARM works with local arts institutions to help deliver greater value to their members. Curious where else you can use your NARM membership? Visit the NARM website at to view the full map — we’ve highlighted our favorites below! Want to upgrade to the Associate level or have other questions regarding your membership? Contact us at or (435) 865-8564.




FRIENDS OF SUMA MEMBERS FACULTY/STAFF LeGrand & Mary Anne Anderson Linda Bauer Kaili Brown Laura June Davis Emily Dean Jeffrey Hanson Susan Harris Rachelle Hughes Paula Mitchell Christine Samson Wendy Sanders Jon & Anne Smith Joshua & Alexana Stavros Nano Taggart & Natalie Young Aimee Uchman

FRIEND Fred Adams Rusty & Kim Aiken Susan Allman James Auchincloss Brian & Sandy Ball Kyle & Erin Bishop Ronald & Tamra Bolander Martha R. Blair Penny Brown Larry & Valerie Cazier Lawrence Cooper Laura Cotts Steven & Cheryl Cox Robin & Patricia Day James & Gae Lynn Froyd Kari Garell Sue Houston Barbara Hulet Darwin Jensen Ann Kramer Cindy Kroening Raona Lewis Topher & Calleen Mason Larry McKown Paul Neerlings David & Jennifer Oberhelman Michael Penuelas Elizabeth Pickett Frances Poole Dean & Dayna Regouski Spike Ress & Sue Cotter Paul & Christine Roelandt Sara Staheli

Carrie Taylor Jay & Leslie Terry Dee Witten Shaun Wright

SUMA FAMILIES Suzanne Aw & Analisa Willets Rhett Boswell Amy Carpenter Eric & Kari Heaps Abby Larson & Danny Fuchs Robert & Ann McGregor Jacqueline Murray Virginia Northcott Matt & Trista Rayner Marci Staudte Whittaker Family Chiropractic

ASSOCIATE Robert & Barbara Ackerman Walter Brickwedel William & Christine Byrnes Hal & Mary Caudill Jay & Jamie Coughtry Diane Douglass & Peter Pasternak Thomas & Leslie Dyer Shawn & Robyn Ekker Andy & Nicole Funderburk Ray & Susan Gardner Sandy Gillies & Roger Anderson Chris & JoNell Hone Brian Hoover Brooks & Linda Kiley Robert & Shirley Kramer Mary Jabens Stephanie Martini & Kjeld Jensen Ricky & Shauna* Mendini Marta Mitchell Earl Mulderink & Rita Osborn Kent & Cherie Myers David Pettit Michael Plyler Tatiana Roulin Neal & Marguerite Smith Anne Steinhauer Carrie Trenholm* David & Dorothy Uherka Erin Waldman & Lannie Anchord Diane Walsh Mona Woolsey

SUPPORTER James Aton Marvin* & Lesle Dodge Lex Hemphill & Nancy Melich Christopher & Donna Law R. Scott Phillips Julia Reagan Georgia Beth Thompson

PATRON Bonnie Bishop Robert & Arlene Braithwaite Son Builders Inc. Donn Jersey* Leland Jr. & Carol Ann Modesitt David & Carol Ann Nyman June Sewing Sunshine Health Foods Ree Zaphiropoulos

COLLECTOR Choice Builders Douglas & Mary Bennett Neil & Anne Gardner Robert & Lorraine Warren Scott & Kathy Wyatt

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE Shauna Bellamy Joanne Brattain* & Chuck Hohos Cedar City Corporation Kevin & Colette* Cox Tina Davis Wesley & Kathryn Forystek Roland* & Valerie Gow Iron County Kyle Jones Teresa Jordan* & Hal Cannon Marion Monson Denis & Bonnie* Phillips Ripple Effect Rocki Alice, LLC. Sam & Diane Stewart Barrie & Diane Strachan Zion Forever Project Zions Bank

*Denotes SUMA Advisory Board Members | Current Friends of SUMA Members as of April 1, 2019. *Questions about your membership status? Contact or (435) 865-8564.

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ENGAGE WITH SUMA Become a Volunteer Today!

SUMA relies on its network of volunteers to lead K-12 tours, greet patrons, and staff events. Volunteers facilitate learning in the museum and improve experiences. This is especially true during our busiest season — summer. With the museum full of locals and tourists alike, volunteers help our staff by greeting visitors, sharing information about the space and current exhibition, and answering questions about Cedar City and the surrounding areas. Helping K-12 students interact with art in new ways, volunteers in the fall and spring lead classes through the gallery with stepby-step instructions in the classroom. In previous years, SUMA has reached nearly 60% of Iron County students. Lisa Lee, a volunteer since 2016, shared why she loves volunteering at SUMA: “I enjoy the wonderful art exhibited at SUMA and the fact that the exhibits change often. I hate to see excellent exhibits leave us, but then we have another exciting exhibit to enjoy! It is so much fun to work with the other people at SUMA and to welcome our visitors, who are often in awe of our beautiful museum and the work on display.”

Volunteers do not need to have a background in art, but should feel comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Come share your love of SUMA and Cedar City with visitors! Learn more about volunteering on SUMA’s website or emailing Lisa Lee, volunteer since 2016.











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MEET FLOYD Our SUMA Families Mascot


rom Sue the T. Rex at the Field Museum in Chicago to William the Hippo at the MET, museum mascots are becoming increasingly well known and influential— Sue has 53,000 followers on Twitter! The blue hippopotamus imagery at the MET, based on an Egyptian faïence figurine in the museum’s collection, can be found everywhere from logos to The Met Store. Last summer, we unveiled our own mascot based on a piece from SUMA’s permanent collection—Floyd the Fox.

Unknown Untitled, n.d. Black Chimm ware, 10 x 6.5 x 8.5 in. SUMA Collection, 1984

This small vessel was donated to the university’s permanent collection in 1984. While little information is known about the piece, chimu blackware ceramics originated in the Moche region of Peru during the pre-Columbian era. The decorative rather than utilitarian function of the piece indicates it was created for ceremonial purposes, most likely a funeral. Its resemblance to a fox led to the creation of Floyd. His name was chosen by our staff to pay homage to Jimmie Floyd Jones, renowned landscape painter of the American Southwest and SUMA’s primary benefactor. Floyd the Fox is the face of our family level membership level, SUMA Families, a specialty level with perks that can be added to any other membership



level. These perks aim to offer a more meaningful membership experience for families with children. In addition to our Friend level benefits, SUMA Families receive an annual subscription box with each renewal curated with kids and artlovers in mind, quarterly eNewsletters with information and ideas for kids, and advanced notice and special discounts on seasonal art camps offered by the SUMA Learning + Experiences team. This membership level is available for $75 or can be added to another membership level for $25. Just like all memberships, this level is completely tax-deductible! For more information about SUMA Families, please contact sumafriends@ or (435) 865-8564.

Oh, Those Summer Nights


ummer is a magical time in Cedar City for the arts. Utah Shakespeare Festival launches their season, the Cedar City Arts Council hosts Final Friday Art Walks, and this year, SUMA will offer a new program that dives into what the museum does best: connect people to art. Hosted on select Thursdays in July and August, SUMA Summer Nights gives Friends of SUMA members and Utah Shakespeare Festival patrons an insider look at some of SUMA’s current exhibitions with an opportunity to connect with artists and authors while enjoying light bites and live music. Kate Starling will kick off the program on July 11 with painting demonstrations on the Sam and Diane Stewart Family Foundation Plaza, where guests will get a glimpse of how Starling uses observational study to capture the natural world. On July 18, local author

Jim Aton will give a talk about Jimmie Jones, and on July 25, guests are invited to explore Macbeth through Karl Momen’s Homage to William Shakespeare. Artist Al Farrow will wrap up the program on August 1 with an Artist Talk about his upcoming exhibition,

Wrath & Reverence. SUMA Summer Nights will be a perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with other arts and museum supporters. Friends of SUMA members are encouraged to bring their notyet-member friends to learn more about SUMA and its offerings. Utah Shakespeare Festival patrons are invited to attend upon presenting an admission ticket from the 2019 season. Join us for this opportunity for SUMA to gather arts and culture lovers/supporters from both sides of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts for conversation and connection.

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2019 GRADUATES MFA Arts Administration Spotlight

Meet our graduating MFA students — Cheyenne Nelson, Facilities and Visitor Services Associate, and Arielle Altenburg, Development Associate.

Q What is your background in the arts?

CN: I have a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and am trained in classical singing. I have been in musicals, choirs, large symphonic works, and was in a professional opera chorus for five years. Over the years, I realized I enjoy supporting artists more than performing myself, which led me to arts administration. AA: I have always been drawn to visual art, and I dabble in painting, drawing, and sculpture. This passion led me to teaching art in schools, art centers, and museums. I began to move further into arts administration after overseeing a summer camp at Cranbrook Art Museum.

Q What was your favorite memory of SUMA?

CN: My favorite memory was the SUMA Birthday Bash, celebrating the museum’s 2nd birthday. It was one of the first major events at the museum I helped plan. I assisted with launching the new SUMA Families membership level, so it was a great transition from my previous role in development. Arielle and I bought matching fox dresses just for the occasion, which were a hit! AA: I had a blast collaborating with Mona Woolsey last August during SUMA’s Art Adventures to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Mona led a plein air painting workshop and it was rewarding to watch the participants learn to capture the beauty of the red rocks and have fun while doing it.

Q What do you plan to do after graduating?

CN: I want to get back to my passion that brought me to arts administration in the first place: opera. I would like to begin a career in artistic planning for an opera company that has a robust young artist program, supporting emerging professional singers and ensuring a sustainable future for opera. AA: I hope to blend my experience in education and development to continue supporting accessible and inclusive visual arts programs. Specifically, I would love to work for a city or state agency, developing programs and advocating for the arts, so that more people can reap the many benefits of art education.



ARTS IMMERSION The MFA in Arts Administration at SUU


he Arts Administration Program at Southern Utah University is designed to blend a love of the arts with the professional business skills necessary to promote, maintain, enhance, and fund arts organizations. Students on the Master of Fine Arts track have the distinct opportunity to work in graduate assistantships at Utah Shakespeare Festival, SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts, and Southern Utah Museum of Art. Similar to a medical school program, these affiliate organizations act as a residency for the Arts Administration program. Students learn the theories and best practices in the classroom each morning, and then go right to work as professional staff of robust arts organizations in the afternoon. Theory is immediately turned into practice as they experience first-hand what it really means to be an arts administrator. At the end of the program, students leave with not only a degree, but also two years of professional experience.

Two past MFA students pictured working behind the scenes in SUMA’s collection room.

For more information about the MFA in Arts Administration, contact the program at or (435) 865-8663.

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Emily Ronquillo

Manager of Marketing and Communication

energizes you at work? Q What I love music — it keeps me focused and in a

good mood. If you ever visit my office, you know I always have music playing. I love a wide range, so when you visit, anything could be playing from classical to acoustic and folk to alt-rock or even hip-hop.

Cameron Houston

Visitor Services Assistant

is your favorite piece of artwork Q What at SUMA? I love James Surls’ Walking Through the Thorn Vine on the Sam and Diane Stewart Family Foundation Plaza. I love this piece because the form reminds me of the sun. 30


Ernesto Balderas


Collections Associate

What has been your proudest moment while working at SUMA? My proudest moment has been creating the first Collections Committee and drafting a Collections Management Plan. These efforts pave the way for the museum to be more transparent in its acquisitions of objects and to better adhere to its mission.

Katie Jensen

School and Family Programs Associate

you could switch jobs with anyone at Q IfSUMA, who would it be and why? I would switch with Mallory Sanders, Exhibition Designer and Preparator. I would love to work with our permanent collection and create frames from scratch.

The SUMA Shop There are a myriad of reasons to visit SUMA—diverse exhibitions, creative programming, special events—but did you know our gift shop is a destination as well? Budget-friendly and eclectic, our shop features products ranging from small local vendors to merchandise produced by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. You’ll find gifts here for everyone, from art enthusiasts and admirers of good design, to children and teenagers. Stop by our shop to check out some new merchandise!

CHECK OUT OUR LATEST MERCHANDISE Feathers Gilded Journal $15 | $12* Andy Warhol Poppies Tote Bag $20 | $16* Ker-ij Jewelry Design Sadie Earrings $30 | $24* History of Art Coaster Set $20 | $16* This Book is a Camera $27 | $21.60* *Friends of SUMA Member Price

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Located in Cedar City, SUMA is on the campus of Southern Utah University, which is home to the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.