As James Surls exhibit at SUMA draws to close, award-winning sculptor to give public lecture

American sculptor James Surls sits next to one of his creations | Photo courtesy of, St. George News/Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — An award winning sculptor is coming Southern Utah University, where art lovers have also been able to find his exhibition since July at the Southern Utah Museum of Art.

“White Raw Wall Flower” by James Surls, who will have art displayed at the Southern Utah Museum of Art through Sept. 29, 2017, Cedar City, Utah | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

The art of James Surls, a modernist artist from Texas, is currently on display through his “Across the Universe Divide” exhibit at SUMA in Cedar City. Surls will present a public lecture Thursday, discussing his process as an artist, where he finds inspiration for his work and past stories that led him to great success.

“I kind of live in a made-up, fabricated dream world,” Surls said. “And my dream comes true — a lot.”

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Surls’ sculptures featured in the SUMA exhibit depict abstract forms made of wood, steel and bronze that are inspired by flowers, the human body and rock formations.

American sculptor James Surls sits next to one of his creations | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News/Cedar City News

He has has received numerous honors for his work, including the Texas Medal of Arts Awards in the Visual Arts from the Texas Cultural Trust in 2013, and was named Artist of the Year by the American Institute of Architecture – Houston in 2012.

“We are honored to host such a distinguished artist in southern Utah,” said Jessica Farling, the director and curator of SUMA. “I hope this exhibition not only inspires and intrigues museum visitors, but that it also challenges our ideas of what art is and ultimately broadens our understanding and appreciation of art.”

Event details

  • What: Lecture by James Surls, an award winning sculptor with art on display at the Southern Utah Art Museum.
  • When: Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: The Great Hall in the Hunter Conference Center at Southern Utah University, located at 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City.

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