After a semester of temporary exhibitions, educational tours, and holiday programming, the Southern Utah Museum of Art’s hours will be extended during the winter break. The museum will continue its regular business hours of Tuesdays through Saturdays, from noon to 6 p.m. SUMA is always closed Sundays and Mondays. This year, the museum will be closed Dec. 26.
This holiday season, visitors still have time to catch four exhibitions on display through Jan. 6. Art Insights will feature the work of southern California pastel artist Sally Strand, who has been recognized by the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle Honor. Originally opened as part of November’s Native American Heritage Month, Native American art from the permanent collection showcases work from Native American artists Allan Houser, Harrison Begay, and R.C. Gorman. Staff picks from the permanent collection highlight winter-themed art by artists such as George Dibble, Grant Wood, and Jimmie Jones and a series of prints inspired by the 2002 Winter Olympics. A selection from the final paintings of Jimmie Jones will also be on display.
Patrons can visit the Rocki Alice Gallery, located at the back of SUMA, which offers opportunities to create snowflakes, explore the gallery with a scavenger hunt, and answer winter-themed trivia questions.
Museum visitors can also finish any last-minute holiday shopping at the museum’s gift shop, which features products from local Utah vendors and global artisans. Store merchandise includes handmade jewelry and accessories, ornaments from around the world, and art activities for children. The store also features catalogs from past exhibitions, a biography on Jimmie Jones, and literary publications.
SUMA will begin 2018 with new hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thursdays, when the museum will remain open until 8 p.m. The museum will offer opening receptions, lectures, workshops, and other programming Thursday nights.
More information about current exhibitions is available at suu.edu/suma.