Sponsored by the SUMA Community Engagement Committee, the project was created and coordinated by Jennifer Douglas and Melanie Skankey, Iron County School Liaisons. Douglas and Skankey then worked with Iron County art teachers who asked their students to create 5 x 7 inch post cards depicting their concept of beauty on one side and on the reverse explaining why. All the post cards were addressed to “Dear SUMA,” the future Southern Utah Museum of Art.
The students worked on their cards during the spring semester. The Iron County schools that participated in the project were South Elementary, Enoch Elementary, Three Peaks Elementary, North Elementary and Enterprise Elementary. Due to space limitations, the exhibition features representative art, but not the work of each participant in the project
SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee (SCEC) was formed in 2011 to build public awareness for the planned Southern Utah Museum of Art, part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which will be located on the campus of Southern Utah University. The multi-gallery museum will feature expansive exhibition space including one gallery devoted to the works of renowned Utah artist Jim Jones, while additional galleries feature rotating exhibits. A benefit to all college and elementary students will be the classroom and studio space for hands-on educational activities for K-12 school groups and university art students.
As part of SCEC’s awareness, their popular Art Hike series continues this summer on Saturday, July 20th. Painter Valerie Orlemann, Anne Smith, SUU Instructor, Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT), Coordinator, Outdoor Education Series, and a representative from the Bureau of Land Management will lead hikers on a trek through the Vermillion Cliffs of Parowan Canyon. To participate, contact the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery to reserve a place for you and your party. Please call (435) 586-5462 (Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience the creativity of children from the community by attending the Dear SUMA Post Card Exhibition at the Cedar City Public Library in the Park.