SUMA will become a major regional attraction with education central to its mission of exhibiting, collecting, and preserving historic and contemporary works of art significant to the interior American West. The museum will also host art exhibitions that represent the principal artistic styles and periods of world cultures.
This state-of-the-art museum building will be home to approximately 7,000 square feet of exhibition space composed of several individual galleries. These galleries will host exhibitions from around the world, be home to a special collection of the work by Utah artist, Jim Jones, and feature rotating exhibits from the permanent collections. SUMA will also regularly exhibit work of Southern Utah University’s Art and Design students and faculty, and provide a venue for displaying regional artists and juried shows.
Approximately 6,000 square feet of the museum building will be dedicated to collection storage, care, and research. The building design will allow an imaginative response to the natural curiosity of visitors about where the Museum’s collection housed. Another 2,000 square feet will provide classroom and studio space for hands-on educational activities for K-12 school groups emphasizing the current exhibitions.
Through engaging exhibits and ongoing educational programming, SUMA will be a significant cultural resource for the people of Utah and the many visitors to our area.