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  • SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee Offers Spring Art Hike on Micro-Movies with Dr. Jon Smith
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    Published - 03/14/14 - 01:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Red Rock Tree with Desert Varnish. Photo credit: Dr. Jon Smith
    Red Rock Tree with Desert Varnish. Photo credit: Dr. Jon Smith
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - Capturing the wonders of the spectacular Southern Utah landscape can be accomplished with as little as a Smart Phone. Dr. Jon Smith, SUU Professor of Communication, leads a journey into nature and technology with the first 2014 SUMA Art Hike on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Dr. Smith will lead hikers through the White Rocks Trail in Snow Canyon State Park. Though a free event, the numbers of hikers permitted is extremely limited, so a reservation is required. To reserve a place on the hike for yourself and a guest, please contact the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery at gallery@suu.edu or call 435-586-5432, Tue-Sat, noon-7pm, to make a reservation. Hikers will meet at 9am at the east side of Cedar City Main Street Park. The Art Hikes have been created by the Southern Utah Museum of Art’s (SUMA) Community Engagement Committee to build public awareness for the museum coming in 2016.

    The theme for the SUMA Spring Art Hike is Micro-Movies in Nature: Techniques and Composition for Mobile-Device Filmmaking. Using Smart Phones, Dr. Smith will demonstrate simple point and shoot camera techniques, basic DSLR usage and editing applications on location. Hikers will learn how to create quick and inexpensive videos of southern Utah’s natural beauty. Participants will have the opportunity to put together their own micro-movie in the field. Additional cameras and techniques will also be discussed. For this hike, Dr. Smith requests that participants bring along a fully charged Smart Phone with the iMovie application uploaded to it (not a requirement for the hike).

    Jon M. Smith, Ph.D., is a professor in the Communication Department at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. He teaches advanced television news production, photography, journalism and other mass media courses. He is also a documentary producer, writer and photographer. He was born in Arizona but grew up in Hawaii. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He began full-time teaching at SUU in 1989 after working as a television news photographer and editor for KSL Television in Salt Lake City and Bonneville International Corporation in Washington D.C. He has produced multiple video projects relating to public lands in the southwestern United States. Smith produces award-winning documentaries as part of his scholarly and creative activities at SUU. At SUU is the advisor for SUTV Cable 9, the SUU cable station where his students have earned regional and national broadcasting awards. In 2009 he produced an hour-long feature on world champion saddle bronc rider Cody Wright that won the “Cowboy Oscar” from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He lives with his wife, Anne, in New Harmony, Utah.

    In addition to a Smart Phone with the iMovie application, hikers are encouraged to bring other art medium, cameras, knapsack, water, snacks/lunch, poncho or plastic to sit on when taking a break, hats, gloves, and jackets/rain gear for potential weather change. All children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult.

    The hike is free and open to the community members of all ages. For this spring hike and due to space limitations, participants must contact the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery to reserve a place for you and your party. Please call (435) 586-5462 (Tue-Sat, noon-7pm) or send an email to gallery@suu.edu. Cedar City hikers will meet at east side of Main Street Park at 9am with an expected return to Cedar City about 2pm.

    SUMA Art Hikes have been created to provide an opportunity for the southern Utah community to discover the special places where local artists gain inspiration for their art. Participants will get to hike to these inspiring locations with the artist as well as a representative from the Public Lands such as the National Park Service, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or Utah Division of Natural Resources who will educate and enlighten the hikers to learn more about these unique locales. In addition, all participants are encouraged to bring their own art supplies (sketch books, pencils, pastels, watercolors or whatever a hiker’s media) and cameras to capture the natural beauty of the region for themselves. Additional hikes will be scheduled for the summer and fall.

    Detailed information can be obtained by calling (435) 586-5462 or visiting www.suu.edu/pva/suma. To make a contribution to SUMA, please contact Donna Law, Director of Development: CPVA, at 435-865-8182 or law@suu.edu. Contributions can be made online at www.suu.edu/pva/suma.
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