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Popular exhibit is here to stay at Southern Utah Museum of Art

Popular exhibit is here to stay at Southern Utah Museum of Art

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For those unfamiliar with artist Jimmie Jones, brace yourself — his work will steal your heart.

A born-and-raised Cedar City native, Jones specialized in landscape paintings of the American Southwest. He played a pivotal role in transforming the Braithwaite Gallery at Southern Utah University into an art museum and donated his entire personal collection to SUU before his death in 2009. Among his donations were 14 paintings of Zion and the Grand Canyon, as well as his Rockville home — which eventually led to the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA).

Because of his contributions to the museum and the community, SUMA is proud to offer a semi-permanent art installation in his name, beginning with the exhibition, "Jimmie Jones: My Passion, My Odyssey."

"For the past few years, we have wanted to protect the work of Jimmie Jones and ensure it is preserved for future generations, which limited its availability to the public," Jessica Kinsey,

SUMA's Executive Director said. "However, the staff helped identify ways to exhibit his work through smaller rotations that will make it more accessible while keeping preservation at the forefront of SUMA's exhibition practices. This gallery space will be a great way to honor the legacy of Jimmie Jones."

The Jimmie F. Jones Gallery will exhibit Jones' work, the work of other regional artists, and works from his personal collection, which includes his brother Scott Jones' collection of Fillmore West Rock posters.

What you'll see in the first exhibition

The first exhibition, "Jimmie Jones: My Passion, My Odyssey," includes six of his original paintings and shows different scenes from a Grand Canyon landscape. Jones once said, "The Grand Canyon is my passion now. It's like a lover you cannot get enough of. It's my odyssey."

Though he painted many other landscapes, the Grand Canyon appears to have been his favorite. Patrons will appreciate the space, depth and light he captures in his renderings of this famous red rock region.

Popular exhibit is here to stay at Southern Utah Museum of Art
Photo: SUMA

Making art more accessible

SUMA recently installed a permanent touch screen kiosk next to the Jimmie F. Jones Gallery so that visitors could view more of his work — including items not currently on display.

"This device will allow patrons to navigate through the Museum's CatalogIt Hub and explore our collection," James Culbertson, SUMA Preparator said. "Some of the collections we have on the Hub include the most recent Jones retrospective from 2020, an assortment of rock and roll posters collected by Scott Jones, and a scrapbook of miscellaneous items kept by Jones' mother, Thelma."

Future digital galleries from the museum will also be available in the coming months.

Visit in-person or online

"Jimmie Jones: My Passion, My Odyssey" will run now through May 17 at SUMA. Admission is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. But if you can't attend in person, don't worry — you can view Jones's work online through the museum's CatalogIt Hub.

For more information about the Jimmie F. Jones gallery, the new kiosk, exhibitions and events visit SUMA's website at suu.edu/suma.

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