The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is an art museum based at the University of Oregon in Eugene that is dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of historical and contemporary art. Designed by the Dean of Architecture & Allied Arts at the time, Ellis F. Lawrence, the art museum was originally built to exhibit the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art. The collection, which was donated to the University by Gertrude Bass Warner, featured over 3,700 works of art.
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The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) aims to bridge international cultures through art and artistic expression and encourages visitors to explore and understand a deeper appreciation of art. The Museum features a significant collection of historical and contemporary art, a range of engaging exhibitions and displays, and exciting educational programs and community outreach programs that support the university’s academic mission. The JSMA’s collections include selections of American, Chinese, Korean and Japanese art, as well as special exhibitions that represent other cultures of the world, both past, and present.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art features a collection of more than 13,000 works representing a range of cultures, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, European Art, South & Southeast Asia and the Islamic World, Russia and the Americas.
The JSMA is renowned for its vast assemblage of Chinese art, which includes one of the country's most impressive collections of textiles, along with outstanding examples of traditional Chinese paintings, jade, furniture, ceramics, glass, sculpture, lacquer, metalwork, and precious decorative objects. Exceptional displays include a rare nine-foot-tall jade pagoda and vibrant ceramic roof tiles from the Forbidden City.
The Museum has a unique Japanese collection that features including over 3,000 Edo-period (1615-1868) ukiyo-e, as well as traditional paintings in a variety of formats, including screen, scroll and album, ceramics, textiles, Buddhist sculptures, and modern and contemporary Japanese prints.
The JSMA houses a small, but impressive collection of Korean paintings, ceramics, furniture, calligraphy, metalwork, prints, textiles, and photographs, which are featured in successive rotations in the museum’s Jin Joo Gallery and the Wan Koo and Young Ja Huh Wing.
The Museum also has a small South and a Southeast Asian collection featuring works from Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam in a range of media. Works include South Indian Hindu bronzes, Buddhist stone reliefs, architectural fragments from Cambodia’s Khmer Empire, Rajasthani and Mughal paintings, Southeast Asian bronze drums, and a small study collection of Islamic art.
The JSMA’s collection of European art is housed in the John and Ethel MacKinnon gallery with featured works by Artur von Ferraris (Hungarian, 1856–1936), and Max Pechstein (German, 1881–1955) and light-sensitive materials such as photography and prints.
The JSMA’s photography collection has grown significantly in depth and diversity since its first acquisitions of Edward Weston prints in 1965 and now features works by influential American photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006), Minor White (1908-76), and Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976).
The JSMA is home to a broad and diverse collection of American Art from the 20th and 21st centuries, including ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and mixed media. Featured artists include Ellsworth Kelly, Leonard Baskin, Arthur Wesley Dow, Louise Nevelson, George de Forest Brush, Helen Frankenthaler, and William Merritt Chase. The Museum also holds the single largest repository of artworks and related archival materials on David Cosh, including nearly 2,000 paintings, drawings, watercolors, and sketches.
The JSMA offers active educational programs for youth, adults, and families, ranging from art classes to elementary and secondary school students, holiday art camps, music and theatrical performance-inspired art projects, and self-guided gallery ArtPacks for families.
The Museum is also an integral resource for both the academic and cultural university community and allows faculty members, and students access to use the museum's collections, exhibitions, facilities and educational programs for learning, teaching, and support.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is located on the University of Oregon Campus at 1430 Johnson Lane in Eugene and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a ‘pay-what-you-wish’ every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and free general admission to everyone the first Friday of each month.
Visitors can enjoy private and public guided tours through the Museum which feature the internationally acclaimed approach of ‘Visual Thinking Strategies,' a method of conducting a tour that helps visitors gain a better understanding of the collection.
The critically acclaimed Marché Museum Café serves an affordable menu of freshly prepared, seasonal and regional cuisine, including salads, soups, sandwiches, fresh pastries, and coffees in a casual, relaxed environment. The Museum also has a store which sells museum and art-related items, books, gifts, and jewelry.
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1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR 97403, website, Phone: 541-346-3027
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