A popular exhibit is here to stay at the Southern Utah Museum of Art

A popular exhibit is here to stay at the Southern Utah Museum of Art
A popular exhibit is here to stay at the Southern Utah Museum of Art

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

Born and raised in Cedar City, 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 by Zion and the Grand Canyon, as well as its 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 exhibit “Jimmie Jones: My Passion, My Odyssey”.

“Over the past few years, we have wanted to protect the work of Jimmie Jones and ensure that it is preserved for future generations, which has limited its availability to the public,” said Jessica Kinsey,

said the executive director of SUMA. “However, staff have helped identify ways to exhibit their 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 display Jones’ work, the work of other regional artists, and works from his personal collection, which includes his brother Scott Jones’ Fillmore West Rock poster collection.

What you will see in the first exhibition

The first exhibit, “Jimmie Jones: My Passion, My Odyssey,” includes six of his original paintings and shows different scenes of a Grand Canyon landscape. Jones once said, “The Grand Canyon is my passion now. It’s like a lover you never get tired of. This is my odyssey.”

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

Photo: SUMA

Make art more accessible

SUMA recently installed a permanent touchscreen kiosk next to the Jimmie F. Jones Gallery so visitors can see more of his work, including items not currently on display.

“This device will allow patrons to navigate the museum’s CatalogIt hub and explore our collection,” said SUMA Preparer James Culbertson. “Some of the collections we have on the Hub include the most recent Jones retrospective of 2020, an assortment of rock and roll posters collected by Scott Jones, and a sundries scrapbook curated by Jones’ mother, Thelma.”

The museum’s future digital galleries 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’ work online through the museum’s CatalogIt Hub.

For more information about the Jimmie F. Jones Gallery, new booth, exhibits, and events, visit the SUMA website at suu.edu/suma.

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