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Jessica Farling - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Jessica Farling Jessica Farling

Director/Curator of the Southern Utah Museum of Art | Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT, UNITED STATES

Specializing in museum administration, collection management and community outreach

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Biography

Jessica Farling is the director of the Southern Utah Museum of Art at Southern Utah University. As the museum director, Farling provides leadership and vision for SUMA as an experiential learning environment with a balanced commitment to education and community.

Her education and professional experience has given Farling expertise in the creation, reception and institutionalization of the visual arts, from the most ancient to the most contemporary. Farling is well-versed in museum management procedures, exhibit and educational programming and community interaction. In November 2016, Farling was a Forty Under 40 recipient, an award honoring exceptional individuals who have made a significant contribution to shaping the Oklahoma City landscape.

Farling earned a bachelor’s in art history and a master’s in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma. Starting as a part-time student employee, Farling worked at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and moved up the ranks to become the museum’s Director of Public Engagement. She began her SUU career in July 2017.

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Industry Expertise (5)

Fund-Raising Events Services Museums and Institutions Fine Art Program Development

Areas of Expertise (12)

Community Engagement Corporate Sponsorship Fund Raising Project Management Art Exhibitions Museum Education Museum Administration Museum Exhibition Curation Arts Administration Visual Arts Fine Art K-12 Art Education

Accomplishments (1)

Forty Under 40 Recipient

Oklahoma City, November 2016

Education (2)

University of Oklahoma: B.A., Art History

University of Oklahoma: M.A., Museum Studies

Affiliations (3)

  • Utah Museums Association
  • Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
  • American Alliance of Museums

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Southern Utah Museum of Art named new director

Deseret News  online

2017-06-13

The Southern Utah Museum of Art has named Jessica Farling as its new director and curator.

The museum, 13 S. 300 West, is part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts on the campus of Southern Utah University.

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SUMA Welcomes Jessica Farling as Director/Curator

Southern Utah University  online

2017-05-31

Southern Utah Museum of Art is excited to announce our new director/curator, Jessica Farling, coming to Cedar City on July 1, 2017. She received her Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. She focused her studies on museum administration and museum education.

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Annual art exhibition at Fred Jones Jr. Museum shows off OU students' hard work

OU Daily  online

2016-04-26

The 102nd Annual Student Exhibition for the School of Art and Art History opened last weekend at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, awarding over $5,000 in student awards.

The competitive, juried show began in 1914 and is held each spring semester to highlight works created by students in the OU School of Art & Art History, said Jessica Farling, director of public engagement at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum.

According to Farling, each student was allowed to submit up to three pieces. 52 students submitted work for the show, and 32 were selected.

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Silver Soirée to raise funds for abstract art acquisition

The Norman Transcript  online

2015-11-10

Event spokesperson Jessica Farling said she’s hopeful that the Silver Soirée will see that it is returned to the viewing public along with a brand new addition.

“We are looking at contemporary work for the new acquisition,” Farling said. “The artist we’re looking to acquire is Kim Squaglia. She creates these incredible abstract works where she is actually building on layers of resin. They look very dimensional despite being 2-D works.

That’s the first thing. The second thing is conservation for a 17th-century painting that the museum has had since the 1940s. Due to it’s condition, it hasn’t been on display. We want to put it back on display for current generations, but have it preserved for future ones.”

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