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

Barker Gallery

Visual Magic: An Oregon Invitational | January 19 - May 12, 2019

This collaboration between the JSMA and the George D. Green Art Institute celebrates recent work by over forty artists who began their creative careers in Oregon during the 1960s and ’70s.

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Gallery

Paper Weight: Works in Paper by Elsa Mora | August 29 - January 20, 2019

Paper Weight is Elsa Mora’s latest exhibition of painstaking works made solely of paper and glue. Mora’s 2D and 3D pieces, presented in this exhibition, are inspired by the five cognitive faculties that form the mind: consciousnessperceptionthinkingjudgment, and memory. For the last eleven years, Mora has explored the expressive potential of paper, while seeing the malleability of this material as a metaphor for the mind and its ability to morph and adapt. Manipulating light and shadow is an organic part of her process, as is her use of color, and, in some cases, the lack of it. Thematically, Mora is interested in studying the intricacies of the human brain, the wonders that it can produce, and its potential for destruction and chaos. Her work as a whole reflects on universal issues of identity, connectivity, and survival.

Fernand Léger’s Cirque and the livre d’artiste | November 17, 2018 - March 24, 2019

Published in Paris in 1950, Cirque was a collaboration between French modernist painter Fernand Léger and book publisher Tériade. It is one in a series of twenty-seven such projects conceived by the publisher between 1943 and 1975. Known as livres d’artiste, these finely printed, large-format books pair handwritten text with original artwork from some of the 20th century’s most prominent artists.

Reflections of the Cosmic Web: Intricate Patterns in Daoist Art | May 19, 2018 - June 17, 2019

JSMA founder Gertrude Bass Warner lived in China for many years, amassing a collection with special interest in art of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). She bequeathed enviable riches to the museum, among them some with fine Daoist iconography. Next to the teachings of Confucius, Daoism is one of the two indigenous philosophical traditions of China that have evolved over more than 2,000 years.

Vibrance and Serenity: Art of Japanese Nō Traditional Theatre | August 18, 2018 - July 7, 2019

This installation introduces the history and performance of Nō theater using selected prints by TSUKIOKA Kōgyo (1869-1927) recently donated to the museum by Elizabeth Moyer and Michael Powanda. Established in the fourteenth century, Nō (sometimes spelled Noh) is one of Japan’s oldest and most revered theatrical forms.

Art of the Athlete VII | October 3, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Comprised of works of art created by UO student-athletes enrolled in AAD 408, as well as works from the GEO study abroad program and outreach to the Seattle Boys and Girls club, Art of the Athlete features self-portraits and collaborative pieces inspired by Jackson Pollock’s action paintings.

Exploring Identity and Place through the Arts | October 3, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Through travel as well as artistic appreciation and creation, our UO students, with little to no background in art, experienced a similar oasis in which they could artistically and historically reflect on autonomy, social construction, and power relations in their personal lives. Selections of their work will be featured in the exhibition.

Reframing the Fragments: The Best We Could Do
| September 8, 2018 - February 17, 2019

The JSMA presents its third annual Common Seeing, Reframing the Fragments: The Best We Could Do. Works made since 2000 by such artists from the Vietnamese diaspora as Binh Danh, Dinh Q. Le, and Ann Le embody the complex sensations related to remembering and forgetting, tradition and innovation, and trying to make sense of fragments of memory and history.

Graceful Fortitude: The Spirit of Korean Women | November 17, 2018 -  August 4, 2019

This installation introduces art created by, for, and/or about Korean women and features paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, lacquer, furniture, and personal adornments dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries. It also includes recently acquired works by contemporary Korean women artists AHN Seongmin, NA Suyeon, and PARK So Eun, among others.

Flor y canto: Diego Rivera’s La ofrenda and Rufino Tamayo’s Perro aullando a la luna | September 22, 2018 - August 25, 2019

Beginning this fall, visitors to the JSMA will have the unique opportunity to see two masterworks by these internationally acclaimed painters—Rivera’s 1931 painting La ofrenda (The Offering) and Tamayo’s 1942 painting Perro aullando a la luna (Dog Howling at the Moon).

Expressions of Design | October 24, 2018 to October 13, 2019

The fall 2018 rotation of the Margo Grant Walsh collection explores the principles of design with a broad range of metalwork selections, including tableware. Co-curated by Tom Bonamici, instructor in Product Design, and new JSMA extern Caroline Phillips, the installation supports several courses in the College of Design’s Product Design area.

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.