CEDAR CITY--Now through Dec. 15, enjoy the stunning artwork of five graduating Art and Design students in the Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). SUMA is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and is closed on campus holidays and admission is free. Please be aware that some pieces contain mature content.
Jeff Hanson, Chair of the Department of Art & Design, said, “The BFA exhibit is the crowning achievement of students of Art and Design at SUU. These students have worked on developing their talent over many semesters and that hard work shows. SUMA has given those showing their work a new standard of excellence and these students have stepped up to those expectations.”
Michelle Allen, an Illustration major from Monticello, Utah, said that the greatest reward has been, “seeing my artwork on the wall. Everything that led to having my work on the wall has been well worth the time and stress.”
These students spent four or more years perfecting their creative process and their artistic skills. They studied under faculty that pushed them to succeed and gave them the feedback they needed to excel in their field of study. This final exhibition gives them the opportunity to display their work in an actual museum before they move on in their careers.
Randy Seely, Secondary Art Education major, said his favorite part of the creative process was, “finding and working with the best models that I have been most fortunate to work with. Each carefully selected model fit perfectly with every individual art piece. Without their willingness and trust I would not be able to fulfill my artistic endeavors. I'm indebted to them all.”
It isn’t always easy to share their work with the public. Hailey Sipe, a Phoenix, Ariz. native and Studio Arts major with an emphasis in painting, drawing, and printmaking, said, “The most challenging aspect has been allowing my work, which is something I've put my heart and soul into, to be seen by the public. There's always something to fix or tweak or change, but at some point you have to step back and say they're ready and you have to let go. One thing I've heard a professor say is that ‘paintings are never finished; they're just finished enough’.”
For more information, visit www.suu.edu/pva/art.