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SUMA Observations & Conversations

SUMA Observations & Conversations

By Southern Utah Museum of Art

Southern Utah Museum of Art invites you to learn more about our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions through interviews with artists, curators, and staff.
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Meet SUMA's Preparators
Meet SUMA's Preparators
Southern Utah Museum of Art Manager of Marketing and Communication Emily Ronquillo chats with SUMA Coordinator of Exhibitions Mallory Sanders and SUMA Preparator James Culbertson about their conceptual exhibition The Art of the Preparator. The group talks about what a preparator is, their favorite moments of planning the exhibition, what it’s like being an artist and exhibition designer, and their advice for future preparators. The Art of the Preparator is on exhibition at SUMA from June 4 through September 24, 2022. 
24:23
September 15, 2022
The Space Between: Visions of the Southwest
The Space Between: Visions of the Southwest
Southern Utah Museum of Art Manager of Marketing & Communication Emily Ronquillo, invites volunteer Joanne Brattain to ask questions about abstract and modern art in connection to The Space Between: Visions of the Southwest. SUMA’s Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs, Becky Bloom, Ph.D. gives more insight about the artists exhibited, how to understand and appreciate abstract art, and the connections between SUMA’s two main summer exhibitions The Space Between and I’m Walkin’ For My Freedom. The Space Between: Visions of the Southwest is on exhibition at SUMA from June 4 through September 24, 2022, and features the work of Beatrice Mandelman, Louis Ribak, Shalee Cooper, and Arlo Namingha.  More information about The Space Between including the learning guide referenced in this episode can be found on SUMA's website. 
39:44
July 11, 2022
What is Jeanne Jo Doing Here?
What is Jeanne Jo Doing Here?
SUMA Executive Director, Jessica Kinsey, and Manager of Marketing & Communication, Emily Ronquillo sit down with filmmaker Jeanne Jo to talk about her exhibition What Am I Doing Here? on view at SUMA June 4 through September 24, 2022.  The group talks about the 17 films starring Jeanne, directed by her friends and colleagues. This brings up topics of art in Hollywood versus art in museums, addressing difficult topics using humor, and advice for future filmmakers.  Thank you to Jeanne's collaborators on this exhibition: Alan Michnoff, Auden Bui, Camille Shooshani, Christine Serchia, Clementine Leger, Fangs Liu, Harris McCabe, Jamari Perry, Kate Stayman-London, Kim Ford and Jake Greene, Leandro Tadashi, Michael Kellman, Michael Schatz, and Oates Wu. TAMPOON - a short horror/comedy film More information about What Am I Doing Here? at SUMA.
38:26
June 20, 2022
Developing the Next Generation of Museum Professionals
Developing the Next Generation of Museum Professionals
SUMA Manager of Marketing & Communication Emily Ronquillo sits down with SUMA Assistant Director, Museum Operations Kari Heaps about working at an art museum. Southern Utah Museum of Art has a unique model of working with mostly student employees to rotate the gallery, plan programs and events, and market the museum.  Emily and Kari talk about what sets SUMA apart from other museums through its focus on students, the history of SUMA and the Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery, and how students can start their museum careers. 
39:45
April 25, 2022
SUMA Sidekicks: How SUMA Engages with SUU Students
SUMA Sidekicks: How SUMA Engages with SUU Students
Southern Utah Museum of Art Manager of Marketing and Communication Emily Ronquillo chats with Maren Holmes, Campus Engagement Associate, and Courtney Blue, Museum Associate and SUMA Sidekick member about how SUMA engages with students at Southern Utah University.  The trio talks about the evolution and future of the museum's membership program SUMA Sidekicks, getting on TikTok and venturing into Pinterest. This episode gives insight on ways the museum is engaging with college students at large and the role of student employees.  SUMA Sidekicks is a free membership program open to students at SUU and Southwest Tech. Sidekicks earn prizes for visiting the museum, bringing friends, and attending events. More information about the program and how to sign up is available at go.suu.edu/sumasidekicks. 
35:31
April 11, 2022
The Man, The Myth, The Legend...Billy Schenck
The Man, The Myth, The Legend...Billy Schenck
Southern Utah Museum of Art Executive Director Jessica Kinsey invites artist Billy Schenck into the podcast studio to talk about his 50+ year career, his connection to Andy Warhol, his advice for art students, and even his favorite Western movies. This episode was recorded as part of the exhibition "Billy Schenck: Myth of the West," a retrospective of works from Billy's permanent collection on view at SUMA through March 19, 2022, and his first-ever all-landscape exhibition, "Schenck's Utah: A Land Less Traveled" at Modern West Fine Art in Salt Lake City through March 21, 2022.  Billy Schenck is a contemporary artist with work in more than 40 museum and corporate collections. His subject matter spans genres from Western landscape to cowboy pop. He is a World Champion Ranch Sorting winner and the proprietor of the Double Standard Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home for the past two decades.  You can find more information about Billy's exhibition alongside "Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians" at go.suu.edu/westernpop. You can find more information about BIlly at billyschenck.com and on Instagram @billyschenckart.  SUMA Observations and Conversations in produced in partnership with SUU News. 
49:22
February 14, 2022
Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians / Billy Schenck: Myth of the West Audio Guide (Spanish)
Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians / Billy Schenck: Myth of the West Audio Guide (Spanish)
Learn more about "Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians" and "Billy Schenck: Myth of the West" in this audio guide offered in Spanish. "Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians" and "Billy Schenck: Myth of the West" are on exhibition at Southern Utah Museum of Art through March 19, 2022. Featured Artwork: "The Last Sunset" by Billy Schenck, 2016
13:30
February 04, 2022
Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians / Billy Schenck: Myth of the West Audio Guide (English)
Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians / Billy Schenck: Myth of the West Audio Guide (English)
Learn more about "Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians" and "Billy Schenck: Myth of the West" in this audio guide offered in English.  "Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians" and "Billy Schenck: Myth of the West" are on exhibition at Southern Utah Museum of Art through March 19, 2022.  Featured Artwork: "The Last Sunset" by Billy Schenck, 2016
11:25
February 04, 2022
Andy Warhol's Impact on Art History with Dr. Andy Kent-Marvick
Andy Warhol's Impact on Art History with Dr. Andy Kent-Marvick
Southern Utah Museum of Art Manager of Marketing and Communication, Emily Ronquillo, and Registrar, Emily Moyle talk with artist and art historian, Dr. Andrew Kent-Marvick about Andy Warhol in anticipation of SUMA's exhibition "Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians" on view through March 19, 2022.  Andy Warhol was the undisputed leader of American Pop Art, a movement characterized by artists' use of household items, advertising images, and other "low" art forms, and commercial printing techniques in an effort to democratize art. Warhol had a tremendous gift for understanding the myths of the Baby Boomer generation. His ability to identify images that expressed the essence of the Boomers can be seen in his early work in the 1960s, including Soup Cans and the Elvis Presley series.  SUMA Observations and Conversations is produced in partnership with SUU News. 
01:02:40
February 02, 2022
This Earth: Michael Dax Iacovone
This Earth: Michael Dax Iacovone
In this episode, Southern Utah Museum of Art Marketing Manager Emily Ronquillo and This Earth co-curator Hikmet Sidney Loe interview artist Michael Dax Iacovone. We discuss his work, Tracing the Arc of the Solstice, his process and how he learned geometry to make art, and connectedness and solitude during the retreat.  This episode was recorded during the opening weekend of the exhibition.  This Earth: Notes and Observations by Montello Foundation Artists is on view at SUMA through December 23, 2021. 
36:25
November 10, 2021
This Earth: Miho Suzuki
This Earth: Miho Suzuki
In this episode, Southern Utah Museum of Art Marketing Manager Emily Ronquillo and This Earth co-curator Hikmet Sidney Loe interview artist Miho Suzuki. We discuss her works in the exhibition, Animal Friends, her experience at The Montello Foundation, how it compares to other artist residency programs, and her time in Utah and the American West.  This episode was recorded on October 15, right before the opening reception of This Earth.  This Earth: Notes and Observations by Montello Foundation Artists is on view at SUMA through December 23, 2021. 
35:39
November 02, 2021
This Earth: Stefan Hagen & Patricia Watwood
This Earth: Stefan Hagen & Patricia Watwood
The deserts of Nevada and Utah have been potent landscapes for artists to render since first traversing these regions. Drawn to vast vistas, unique flora and fauna, and the subtle changes in geographic proportions and colors, there are extensive interpretations of nature and its meaning. In this episode, Southern Utah Museum of Art Marketing Manager Emily Ronquillo and This Earth co-curator Hikmet Sidney Loe interview Montello Foundation Founder/Director Stefan Hagen and artist Patricia Watwood. We explore the mission behind The Montello Foundation, what it is like to be alone in the deserts of the Great Basin, and learn more about the exhibition at SUMA.  This Earth: Notes and Observations by Montello Foundation Artists is on view at SUMA through December 23, 2021. 
33:05
October 25, 2021
This Earth Audio Guide: Spanish
This Earth Audio Guide: Spanish
Hear about This Earth: Notes and Observations by Montello Foundation Artists in this audio guide offered in Spanish. 
06:00
October 13, 2021
This Earth Audio Guide: English
This Earth Audio Guide: English
Hear about This Earth: Notes and Observations by Montello Foundation Artists in this audio guide. 
05:42
October 13, 2021
Stewart Seidman's Places
Stewart Seidman's Places
Southern Utah Museum of Art Director/Curator Jessica Kinsey sits down with artist Stewart Seidman to talk about his paintings based on places. In this episode, the pair talk about places Stewart has lived like New York City and Utah and places he's visited like Sicily, Italy and Holland.  Observations: People and Stories Visualized by Stewart Seidman is on exhibition at SUMA from May 8 through July 10, 2021. 
19:40
May 31, 2021
Stewart Seidman Talks Politics
Stewart Seidman Talks Politics
Southern Utah Museum of Art Director/Curator Jessica Kinsey sits down with artist Stewart Seidman to talk about his political paintings. In this episode, the pair don't shy away from talking about Black Lives Matter, gun control, former President Trump, and political divisiveness. The thoughtful conversation challenges listeners and museum visitors to stop and listen to new perspectives with the goal of understanding.  Observations: People and Stories Visualized by Stewart Seidman is on exhibition at SUMA from May 8 through July 10, 2021. 
34:10
May 24, 2021
Stewart Seidman's Cultural Icons
Stewart Seidman's Cultural Icons
Southern Utah Museum of Art Director/Curator Jessica Kinsey sits down with artist Stewart Seidman to talk about his cultural icons series of paintings. In this episode, the pair talk about how Stewart's cultural icons spark conversations, how he met Andy Warhol, who is absent from the table in his piece "A Very Special Thanksgiving," and about a work in progress featuring the Pope and the Ayatollah.  Observations: People and Stories Visualized by Stewart Seidman is on exhibition at SUMA from May 8 through July 10, 2021. 
41:03
May 17, 2021
Stewart Seidman's FedEx Series
Stewart Seidman's FedEx Series
Southern Utah Museum of Art Director/Curator Jessica Kinsey sits down with artist Stewart Seidman. In this episode, the pair talk about how FedEx envelopes became artist palettes that later became his signature surface for new works.  Observations: People and Stories Visualized by Stewart Seidman is on exhibition at SUMA from May 8 through July 10, 2021. 
27:05
May 10, 2021
About Stewart Seidman
About Stewart Seidman
Southern Utah Museum of Art Director/Curator Jessica Kinsey sits down with artist Stewart Seidman. In this episode, the pair talk about his upbringing, his career in advertising, and other pivotal moments that led him to his retirement in St. George, Utah.  Observations: People and Stories Visualized by Stewart Seidman is on exhibition at SUMA from May 8 through July 10, 2021. 
58:09
April 29, 2021