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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

NEWS: SUU's SUMA Art Hikes Journey to the Summit Petroglyphs


WHAT:              The final SUMA Art Hike is a remarkable trek in the region’s prehistoric past with artist and archaeologist Todd Prince at the Summit Petroglyphs, exploring classic rock art at the location.    

WHO:               SUMA, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Community Engagement Committee

WHEN:             Saturday, July 14, 2012

TIME:               9:00am

WHERE:           Cedar City Main Street Park, east side (near main pavilion), Cedar City, UT

TICKETS:         Free and open to the general public. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

INFO:               For detailed information and requirements, call (435) 586-5432 or visit www.suu.edu/pva/suma.

SUU’s SUMA Art Hikes Journey
to the Summit Petroglyphs
with Todd Prince
July 14, 2012

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: A journey into the prehistoric aspects of the southern Utah landscape awaits art enthusiasts who attend the final SUMA Art Hike for summer 2012. Join artist and archaeologist Todd Prince for a remarkable trek that allows participants to experience classic rock art in the region at the Summit Petroglyphs. The hike takes place on Saturday, July 14thThe Art Hikes have been created by the Southern Utah Museum of Art’s (SUMA) Community Engagement Committee to build public awareness for the proposed museum. All Art Hikes are free and open to all ages.

SUMA Art Hikes have been created to provide an opportunity for the southern Utah community to discover the special places where local artists gain inspiration for their art. Participants will get to hike to these inspiring locations with the artist as well as a representative from the Public Lands who will educate and enlighten the hikers to learn more about these unique locales. In addition, all participants are encouraged to bring their own art supplies (sketch books, pencils, pastels, watercolors or whatever a hiker’s media) and cameras to capture the natural beauty of the region for themselves.

On Saturday, July 14, 2012Todd Prince will take participants to the Summit Petroglyphs. Prince promises a very special hike. “Participants on this outing will experience classic prehistoric Fremont rock art. Most everyone is familiar with the rock art at Parowan Gap. Although less known, the Summit site exhibits images just as impressive. Some of the rock art images from this particular site have been incorporated into my art.” For this hike, Prince advises, “the hike is a relatively easy one over a ridge but will require some rock scrambling through volcanic rock with possible sharp edges, foot-grabbing crevices and loose detritus. Sturdy boots are strongly recommended and young children may require assistance in this area. It will be difficult to carry painting supplies, but sketch books and cameras are recommended.”

Todd Prince was born and raised in Utah, and has worked in the Southwest since 1989. Educated and trained as an archaeologist, his work with gourds reflects his interest in the cultural history of the Southwest. An avid organic gardener, Prince began growing gourds some years ago. After drying them, a process of three to six months, his knowledge of prehistoric use of gourds inspired Prince to apply his creativity to this challenging medium. In outlining his art and its relations to the landscape, Prince explains, I incorporate rock art imagery from all over the state into my gourd work. This location (Summit Petroglyphs) is one of many from which I draw inspiration.” The earth tones, mold patterns, various shapes, and nutty smell of the gourds appeal to him. When working with gourds, Prince prefers to let the natural characteristics of each one determine what he does with it. Rarely does he hide the gourd beneath paint, or try to repair or remove a flaw. Occasionally, Prince will cover the natural surface for a particular affect, but the majority of his designs are simple and unassuming. He currently resides in Cedar City, serving as the manager of the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.  

SUMA Art Hikes are free and open to the entire community. All ages are welcome. Hikers will meet at Cedar City Main Street Park, east side (near main pavilion) at 9 am. Participants are welcome to bring their own art supplies. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hikers need to provide: Own transportation, an adequate lunch, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, knapsack, a minimum one quart of water per person, rain jacket, personal first aid kit, sun screen protection, and layered, comfortable clothing (for any type of weather). Walking sticks and insect repellant are recommended but not required.   

The SUMA Community Engagement Committee thanks those individuals and organizations that have helped make the Art Hikes happen: Anne Smith, SUUInstructor, Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT), Coordinator, Outdoor Education Series, the National Parks Service and the Cedar City and St. George offices of the Bureau of Land Management.  

Detailed information can be obtained by calling (435) 586-5432 or visiting www.suu.edu/pva/suma. To make a contribution to SUMA, please contact Donna Law, Director of Development: CPVA, at 435-865-8182 or law@suu.edu. Contributions can be made online at www.suu.edu/pva/suma.   

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by email at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

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