‘Impact’ show at SUMA features SUU art and design faculty, alumni; coinciding programming scheduled

The Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Southern Utah University’s department of art and design and the Southern Utah Museum of Art will present a show featuring works of art by current faculty and past students titled “IMPACT: An Exhibition of SUU Art & Design Faculty and Alumni.”

An opening reception for IMPACT will be on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at SUMA. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a “Gallery Talk” and new “Faculty Focus” programs during the show’s run.

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at SUU, this unique exhibition brings together the world of mentor and mentee.

“We thought it fitting to highlight some of the amazing alumni who have gone on to be art and design professionals alongside the faculty who helped get them started,” said Jeffrey Hanson, chair of the SUU department of art and design and associate professor of graphic design. “The work is stunning in its breadth and creativity. I hope you’ll look for visual influences that connect teachers and students through aesthetics, motif, and style as we celebrate the impact professors have on their students and vice versa.”

Rheana Reeves, associate chair of the department of art and design and associate professor of photography at SUU called the relationship between artists and the people who taught them “a powerful one.”

“We realize that the instruction given by our teachers during our relatively brief careers as students continues to expand within us as we age and mature, personally and professionally,” Reeves said. “We realize that the learning they inspired is a chain-reaction process that develops across our lifetime. All of us who have been students carry forward our professors’ legacy in one form or another. And those who are, or have been teachers, bear witness to the potency of studenthood.”

IMPACT will be on display Jan. 10 through March 15 at the museum.

On Jan. 22 at 4 p.m., guests can learn more about the art in the exhibition during a “Gallery Talk.” Select presenting faculty members will lead a guided tour that will provide guests with insight on the displayed pieces.

The community will also have the opportunity to learn from select SUU art and design faculty members through a new program called “Faculty Focus” to be held on Tuesdays in February. Attendees of the workshop series will be able to experience hands-on learning in a variety of media represented in the exhibition, including watercolor, ceramics, photography and letterpress. Tickets for the workshops are available here.

“We are thrilled to present this opportunity for guests to learn from our skilled and talented faculty members,” Jessica Farling, SUMA director/curator, said.

The Southern Utah Museum of Art is now open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, click here.

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