SUMA hosts SUU Art & Design Faculty Exhibition
“L’esprit de l’escalier” by Samuel Davis, courtesy of Southern Utah University

SUMA hosts SUU Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

By Tracy Solimeno

Southern Utah University’s department of art and design faculty take the spotlight at the Art & Design Faculty Exhibition with an opening reception Jan. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. This exhibition will be on display through Feb. 24 at the Southern Utah Museum of Art. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Admission to the museum is free and open to the public.

Art from all media will be incorporated into this dynamic and richly varied exhibition, including ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, and sculpture. The show will include 2- and 3-dimensional art with a full range of techniques and styles that will both delight the senses and stir personal reflection.

Benjamin Kirkby, assistant professor of art, has recently shifted his work from the digital format to 3-dimensional objects.

“Shifting focus meant learning a lot about something I have always taken for granted as a digital practitioner: electricity,” Kirkby said. “Learning something new and very different has been a slow, painful, yet very rewarding process as I begin to see projects come together.”

The diversity of media, content, and palette used by SUU art and design faculty is part of the beauty and uniqueness of the exhibit. With a full- and part-time faculty of 21 professional artists, this is a chance for the community to celebrate the talent and achievements of this regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized group of artists.

“In Phaedo, Socrates stated that to be a philosopher is to prepare oneself for death,” said Stuart Robinson, assistant professor of art education. “Likewise, through my art, I inspect mortality, confront existential anxieties, and examine ethical ways of living. I focus on indexicality — the residues, marks, prints, or imprints that remain, intentionally or unintentionally, after an event or interaction.”

Enjoy the opportunity to mingle with great art and imagery by SUU’s art and design faculty. For more information on events at SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, please visit

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