Dean: Shauna T. Mendini
South Hall 101C ~ (435) 865-8561
Administrative Assistant: Clarisse Lunt
South Hall 101B ~ (435) 865-8561
Fine Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800
Academic Advisor: Stephen Wagner
ST 205Q ~ (435) 586-5420
Arts Administration Graduate Program Director: Rachel Bishop
Burch Mann House - (435) 586-7873
Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator: Michael French
Burch Mann House - (435) 865-8667
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Director: Reece Summers
BC 101 ~ (435) 586-5433
Center for Shakespeare Studies Director: Dr. Don Weingust
South Hall 101A ~ (435) 865-8562
College web site: http://www.suu.edu/pva/
Fine Arts web site: http://www.suu.edu/arts/
Braithwaite Gallery web site: http://www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery/
Center for Shakespeare Studies web site: http://www.suu.edu/shakespeare/
College Fax: (435) 865-8580
The College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University is composed of three academic departments, the Arts Administration Master of Fine Arts Graduate program, two centers and two affiliated professional organizations.
The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) offers undergraduate degrees in the departments of Art & Design, Music, and Theatre Arts & Dance and an interdisciplinary Minor in Shakespeare Studies. In addition, we offer a comprehensive MFA graduate degree in Arts Administration and an online M.A. graduate degree in Arts Administration. The curriculum and the effort of the highly qualified faculty and dedicated staff are further enhanced by affiliations with the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, the Halversen String Quartet, and the American Folk Ballet.
Our Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni
We seek students who are highly motivated, dedicated, enthusiastic, disciplined, creative, and resourceful. We also challenge our faculty, staff, and students to achieve the highest standards of excellence. Graduates of the College of Performing and Visual Arts find successful careers in education as arts teachers or as artists, designers, musicians, performers, production specialists, scholars or arts administrators. Our graduates are regularly admitted to nationally prominent graduate and professional schools.
The SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts will be a catalyst for students in realizing their creative potential.
College/School Learning Outcomes & Goals
- Acquaint all SUU students with the life-affirming value of the performing and visual arts;
- Create positive learning environments for majors as they seek to develop a life-long involvement in the arts and arts education;
- Offer a comprehensive curriculum and programming designed to give students opportunities to develop as artists, educators, and scholars;
- Sponsor events to enrich the quality of life on the campus and in the community;
- Empower and support our faculty and staff to be highly effective teachers, mentors, artists, scholars, and administrators.
Our mission and strategic goals are focused on making the arts vital, visible, accessible, innovative, and an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of Southern Utah University and the Intermountain West.
Degrees/Program Titles, Certificates and Centers
Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration
Master of Arts in Art Administration (Online)
Undergraduate Degrees and Majors
Art and Design
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts in Art
Bachelor of Science in Art
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts
Secondary Art Education
Elementary Education Art
Theatre Arts & Dance
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Theatre Arts, B.A.
Theatre Arts, B.S.
Theatre Arts - Secondary Theatre Education, BA
Theatre Arts - Secondary Theatre Education, BS
Dance Education, BA
Dance Education, BS
Dance Performance, BA
Dance Performance, BS
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
Classical Acting Emphasis
Musical Theatre Emphasis
Theatre Design & Technology Emphasis
Secondary Theatre Education
Secondary Dance Education
Bachelor of Music Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Music Education
Secondary Choral Emphasis
Secondary Instrumental Emphasis
Bachelor of Music Education, Secondary
Southern Utah University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the SUU Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and Art & Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Students receive general academic support as well as assistance in selecting appropriate majors and courses through the joint efforts of faculty advisors, the academic advisor for the College of Performing and Visual Arts and the Academic and Career Development Center. All students are strongly encouraged to see their advisors at least once a semester. The Performing and Visual Arts Academic advisor can be contacted in the Sharwan Smith Center, Room 205Q, by phone at (435) 586-7814 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Departmental scholarships are available for students who are accepted into both Southern Utah University and the respective department.
Art and Design Majors
Scholarship recipients are determined based on a portfolio of well-taken images on a CD, photos, slides, or actual portfolio. Applications can be found at: http://www.suu.edu/pva/art/finaid.html, or contact the Department of Art and Design, (435) 586-7962, e-mail email@example.com. Applications must be received no later than February 20 for the following fall semester. Departmental scholarships must be renewed each year.
Scholarship recipients are determined during the spring placement auditions, which take place in January and February for the following fall semester. For an audition application form, contact the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, (435) 586-7746 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who live an extended distance from Cedar City, UT may submit an audition video.
Scholarship recipients are determined during the spring placement auditions, which take place in January and February for the following fall semester. Auditions are by appointment only. To arrange for an audition, please contact the Music Department at, (435) 586-7890 or by email at email@example.com. Students who live an extended distance from Cedar City, UT may submit an audition video.
Scholarship recipients are determined during the spring placement auditions, which take place in February for the following fall semester. For an audition application form, contact the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, (435) 586-7746 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who live an extended distance from Cedar City, UT may submit an audition video.
Interested students are strongly advised to apply for general scholarships offered by SUU. The deadline is February 1. Contact Student Financial Aid, Sharwan Smith Center, Room ST 16, (435) 586-7735.
Special Requirements & Options
Art majors are required to present Art Foundation portfolios for faculty review when they have completed or enrolled in all the Foundation courses or 25 credit hours in art.
Participating in one of the excellent student organizations is a good way to get the most from one’s college experience. Among the many student organizations, the following are of particular interest to majors in the Performing and Visual Arts:
- Alpha Psi Omega - Theatre
- Ballroom Dance Company
- Design Group@SUU - Graphic Design
- NAFME Music Club
- National Art Education Student Association (NAESA)
- Orchesis - Dance
- Percussion Club - Music
- Photography Club - Art
- Rhapsody in Red Club - Music
- Second Studio - Theatre
- SUU Ceramics Guild - Art
- The Fooles Assembly Juggling Club - Theatre
- Thunderpress Club (letterpress printing) - Art
- USITT-Theatre (United States Institute for Theatre Technology)
- Walking Lizard Printers Guild - Art
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery
The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery was established in January 1976 and named in honor of Dr. Royden C. Braithwaite, who served as president of the University from 1955 to 1978. The gallery is a cultural resource center for the visual arts, serving a broad rural geographic region.
A variety of local, regional, and major national touring exhibitions are presented throughout the year, including an annual faculty exhibit and several student exhibitions. The gallery staff coordinates workshops for schools, special events, undergraduate and post-graduate internships, and special activities sponsored by the Friends of the Gallery.
For more information, contact the gallery at (435) 586-5432. Current exhibition information is online at http://www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery.
Center for Shakespeare Studies
The Center for Shakespeare Studies (CSS) is committed to furthering study and understandings of the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries both as literature and performance. The CSS engages in and promotes academic research, literary and production dramaturgy, and educational and related programming. The Center facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty who teach in subject areas concerned with Shakespeare’s time, works and practices, and of the early modern period more widely. These subject areas include but are not limited to theatre and dance, literature and languages, politics, philosophy and history, including histories of art, music, society and culture. The CSS is a scholarly resource for SUU students, faculty and staff, the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) and other theatre organizations, educators and the general public, and other faculty and scholars in the State of Utah and beyond, both nationally and internationally. The Center houses SUU’s new interdisciplinary Minor in Shakespeare Studies.
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1961 as a destination theatre in partnership with Southern Utah University, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is committed to entertain, enrich, and educate audiences through professional production of Shakespeare and other master dramatists, as well as through numerous additional activities, including free Greenshow’s and seminars and numerous classes which can include SUU credit. The Festival now performs six plays each summer season and three each fall, as well as a new plays series, the New American Playwrights Project. Professional actors, directors and designers come from all over the world to work at the Festival. The Adams Shakespeare Theatre on the SUU campus is considered one of the finest, most authentic Elizabethan Theatres in the world, and the indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre is so beautiful and functional it was featured in Architecture magazine in 1990 when it opened. The Festival was awarded the 2000 Tony Award as the Outstanding Regional Theatre in America, in recognition of its world-class production values and acting. Every year a number of students from SUU’s music, theatre arts and dance departments are employed as actors, technicians, musicians and dancers at the Festival. Current information is online at http://www.bard.org.