By Tracy Solimeno
SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts
CEDAR CITY–Evidence: SUU Department of Art & Design Curriculum Exhibition opens February 27 and runs through March 15 at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). This exhibition will showcase over 200 works by Southern Utah University students and cover all areas of the visual arts. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. Admission for the museum is free and open to the public.
“An art and design unit may put together a great accreditation self-study and talk about a great program, but the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding, in this case, is the work that the students produce,” said Dr. Eric Brown, Professor, Department of Art and Design. “Is it well designed, does it show visual acuity, are they learning good technique, can they synthesize what they have learned into meaningful, authentic work with a personal voice? This exhibition represents the work of each studio class and should show progression in each of these areas from introduction to professional quality work.”
This accreditation process assures students, parents, and the public that Southern Utah University adheres to high quality standards based on the latest research and professional practice. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is the only organization recognized by the U.S. State Department to accredit Art units. Their upcoming review will focus on educational quality, institutional integrity, and educational improvements.
Rheana Reeves, Associate Professor of Photography, explained that, “Accreditation tells our industry partners, potential employers, and our graduates that the programs satisfy a rigorous set of requirements, and that our students have been given opportunities to obtain both a strong, well-rounded general education and discipline-specific skills and knowledge in art and design.”
“In the ceramics area, the examples on display will give a very abbreviated idea of the variety of forms, techniques, and firing practices offered in our program. Examples include both functional work and expressive, more sculptural vessels,” said Susan Harris, Professor of Art.
“Unlike most of the studio arts, graphic design is not medium specific,” said Jeff Hanson, Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair. “Thus guests and evaluators can expect to see works that solve visual communication problems in many formats. They can also see projects that are meant to introduce students to different media, techniques, and processes.”
For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts, please visit www.suu.edu/pva.
- Paper Sculpture by Michelle Allen
- Drawing by Sterling Voortmeyer