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SummerSnow Visual Arts Workshops

Nestled in the breathtaking Sanpete Valley, Snow College Visual Arts provides higher education training annually to students on its Ephraim, Utah campus. Summer Snow Visual Arts Workshops have grown naturally as an extension of the school’s fundamental, mission of excellence, by providing progressive training in art practice and through the promotion of a visual dialog between artists in a variety of creative disciplines.

The origins of Summer Snow trace back to 1974. Co-founders Osral Allred and Carl Purcell introduced Summer Snow as a supplemental teaching environment outside of regular college semesters courses. Early workshops were designed to provide participants with experiences in the fundamentals of design and composition and provided vital technical approaches to art production specific to their dominant discipline of watercolor.

This year celebrates Summer Snow’s 45th year! Throughout the years, Summer Snow has sponsored many superb artists as visiting and resident masters. Workshop offerings have again been expanded to connect to a wider array of participant interest. You are invited to share in the discourse with dynamic artists and art professionals for two, weeklong, early June intensives and experience the warmth of Summer Snow.


Tentative Itinerary

Each Summer Snow course will consist of five days of instruction according to the following schedule:

Time Activity
8:15 a.m. Workshops begin
11:00 a.m. Artist Lectures*
Noon Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Workshops continue
5:00 p.m. - Midnight Independent work in the studios

*All workshops break each day at 11:00 am and participants are invited to gather in a lecture hall to listen to workshop instructors conduct mini lectures.


Academic Credit

Each participant may receive one Snow College academic credit per the completion of each workshop. Individuals who teach in the Utah Public School System are eligible to use this professional development opportunity towards their USHE relicencsure.



It is the responsibility of workshop participants and faculty to take care of their own meals. Ephraim offers eating establishments ranging form fast food, to ethnic cuisine, and various grocery store options.


Supplies list

Each participant pays a studio fee that covers some materials, model fees, and studio maintenance specific to each course. Please note that Snow College is located in rural Ephraim, Utah and is about an hour from a bona fide art supply store, so prepare accordingly. The Snow College Campus Store, Walmart, and local hardware stores do have some supplies but participants should not rely on these sources, especially for specialized tools and equipment. In addition to what is supplied through the studio fee, each student should bring tools and supplies according to each instructor’s recommendations. A materials list will be sent to participants, via email, six weeks prior to the workshops.



Each participant is responsible to schedule their own housing. Provided below is a list of some options available to Summer Snow participants. All housing is adjacent to campus in private apartment complexes. Bedding, towels, toiletries, etc., will not be provided unless otherwise arranged through each apartment’s housing office. Most apartment style housing is adjacent to campus and provides workshop participants an accommodating $15/night. Please make arrangements through the apartment management if you would like to be room with someone specific.

Apartment Style Housing (adjacent to campus)

Lodging Contact
Park Place 435.283.6143 (ask for Amy)
Pioneer Hall 435.754.7269
Pinetree 435.283.6604 (ask for Jadree)
Snowy River 435.283.4719 (ask for Joleen)
435.340.1306 (cell)

Hotel & RV/Camping Options

Lodging Contact
Willow Creek Inn, Ephraim 435.283.4566
Temple Hill Resort, Manti 435.835.2267



The Snow College Activity Center is open daily from 5:30 AM to 10 PM for the use of public patrons during Summer Snow. Amenities include, indoor swimming, racquetball, volleyball, wallyball, basketball, indoor track, indoor soccer, and a fitness center. Visit the Activity Center pages for summer hours and use fees.


Registration & Payment

The cost of each workshop is $395.00/week plus a $25.00-$75.00 studio fee for tools, supplies, model fees, and studio maintenance. Participants will receive a list of tools and supplies to bring with them to the workshop. Space is limited and participants may register through June 1st. Refunds are available up to May 1st with a $50.00 processing fee. All major credit cards are accepted. Official enrollment in each course will become official upon payment.

For questions about payment and registration, please contact Sherry Nielson at 435.283.7472.