The Jordan schnitzer museum of art at the university of oregon

 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art // 2014


The historic Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1990s, Jordan Schnitzer became the major donor to its renovation and expansion. The museum reopened in 2005, featuring expanded gallery space, educational facilities, a café, museum store, lecture hall, reception hall and outdoor courtyards.

Current Exhibitions

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Gallery

Rodrigo Valenzuela: Work in its Place | April 25 - August 5, 2018

This unusual exhibition is a striking example of the museum as medium. Rodrigo Valenzuela’s new landscape portraits, his selection of works from the JSMA's collection, and his unconventional manner of displaying these objects, ask us to think about the various possibilities of putting work (labor and art) “in its place.”

John and Ethel MacKinnon Gallery

Glenn Brown / Transmutations: What's Old is New Again | May 18 - August 19, 2018

The JSMA will exhibit eight works by Glenn Brown, selected by new and longtime masterworks collectors. Distinctive in Britain’s contemporary art market, Brown revives the art historical past through delicate acts of appropriation that build upon the legacy of Renaissance and Romantic masters. Seven of the works exemplify the paintings and drawings that comprise the majority of Brown’s oeuvre.

Weegee's Grief and Joy

Drawing from the major gift of eighty-five photographs by Weegee (Arthur Fellig), given to the JSMA in 2016 by Ellen and Alan Newberg, this thematic exhibition will present a selection of black-and-white photographic prints.

Barker Gallery

A Decade of Collection | June 2 - September 2, 2018

With the appointment of Jill Hartz as executive director of the museum, nearly ten years ago, the JSMA’s collections have grown in breadth and quantity in support of its mission to serve as both a teaching museum and a cultural center for our larger community.

Artist project space

Michael Snow: Solar Breath | May 9 - July 22, 2018

Solar Breath (2002) is a 62-minute loop of fluttering curtains that reveal and conceal an idyllic landscape in rural Newfoundland. The work was a result of the artist’s observations of a window of his summer cabin in Canada. Over the years, according to Snow, “a mysterious wind performance takes place in one of the windows, about an hour before sunset.”

Long Nineteenth Century in Japanese Woodblock Prints | November 18, 2017 - July 29, 2018

Featuring more than fifty superlative works from the distinguished private collection of Dr. Lee and Mary Jean Michels, the exhibition explores this transitional moment in Japanese history through woodblock prints.

Focus gallery

Herman Brookman: Visualizing the Sacred | February 21 - August 5, 2018

Twentieth-century architect Herman Brookman (1891-1973) designed several of Oregon’s most recognizable landmark structures. Organized by and first presented at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) in Portland in summer 2017, this exhibition of forty drawings focuses on one of Brookman’s masterpieces, Temple Beth Israel in Portland.

Recent Press



Enrique Chagoya led an artist's talk at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon on October 15th, 2015. The lecture was in conjunction with the exhibition "Adventures of Modernist Cannibals," drawn from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer.
Sara Turner and Victoria Reis are two student employees at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art discuss why student should be involved with the museum and the benefits they will receive. The museum is currently hosting the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, Transatlanticism, and other exhibits.