Past Exhibitions

February 07, 2015 to April 26, 2015
Portland-based architect Pietro Belluschi (1899–1994) was one of the leading proponents of Modernist architecture in the Pacific Northwest. Organized by Pietro’s son, architect Anthony Belluschi, for the Oregon Historical Society in 2012, this exhibition features models built by University of Oregon students of ten Belluschi buildings located across Oregon.
January 24, 2015 to March 29, 2015
Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation features work by forty artists spanning the last five decades. Tracing general currents in the art world, as well as major developments specific to printmaking, Under Pressure addresses how the print rose to prominence in postwar American art.
January 24, 2015 to March 29, 2015
A hand-drawn animated installation and film, Two Ways Down takes inspiration from the Hieronymus Bosch work Garden of Heavenly Delights. Reflecting on the momentary nature of life, Heit’s fantastical piece uses thrown shadows from tabletop dioramas and reflected and refracted animated projections to create a fleeting world where human-animal hybrids flit across the walls.
January 24, 2015 to March 01, 2015
Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist whose conceptually-driven work explores the material qualities of language and sound. Complex Systems is the result of Wolowiec’s residency with the lab of Professor Eric Corwin in the Department of Physics at the University of Oregon.
December 20, 2014 to February 22, 2015
Advocating for the importance of the arts in schools, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has partnered with Edison Elementary School for the past year exploring the relationship between sustainability, food, and art. The museum offers in-class projects for 3rd grade students at the school, and after school classes for K-5th grade Edison students take place at the museum.
December 13, 2014 to April 19, 2015
Inspired by the special loan of Hero: Portrait of the Irish Celtic Temperament and the museum’s recent acquisition of Irish Goat, this selection of paintings and works on paper showcases Morris Graves’s goat imagery from the 1950s.
October 28, 2014 to January 25, 2015
From the Ground Up honors the Department of Art’s first Master of Fine Arts recipient, Gordon Gilkey ’36. For his thesis project, Gilkey secured funding from the Works Progress Administration to document the construction of the University of Oregon’s new library, designed by campus architect and Dean of AAA Ellis Lawrence (American, 1879-1946), who also designed this museum.
October 28, 2014 to January 25, 2015
David McCosh arrived in Eugene in 1934 as a new faculty member in the Department of Art. Inspired by the rugged environment of his new home, he began to pursue a method of painting based purely on direct observation of nature.
October 28, 2014 to February 15, 2015
McCosh in Europe features works he made in the late 1920s, while traveling in England, France, Ireland, and Italy on a scholarship from the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition also features works created during his sabbatical from the UO in the late 1950s, when he returned to many of these places as well as Spain.
October 14, 2014 to January 25, 2015
The Art of the Athlete outreach program results in works of art for the public to view and writing samples that document how the project makes meaning for them. The exhibition—our third in three years!--becomes a forum for the student athletes to express what is sometimes invisible on the field and on the court.
October 14, 2014 to January 25, 2015
This exhibition directly supports JSMA’s work at Edison Elementary School and our school tours this fall. During the winter, work created by Edison students will be displayed in our Artist Project Space to illustrate how Chambers’s work has inspired them not only to embrace creating art for expression, but also to select a healthier plate when making decisions about eating.
October 14, 2014 to January 18, 2015
Curated by Samantha Hull, a 2013 graduate of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, the exhibition showcases photography from the 1960s and ’70s when the medium grew in respect as an art form and began exploring new expressive possibilities, including environmental documentary work.
October 11, 2014 to January 04, 2015
Awakening features the haunting, surreal work of Ryo Toyonaga, a New York City-based contemporary artist, in his first major museum retrospective. The exhibition surveys 20 years of ceramic and mixed-media sculpture, drawing and painting. Toyonaga’s imagery is drawn from a wellspring of recurrent dreams.
September 02, 2014 to December 14, 2014
Geraldine Ondrizek, an artist and professor at Reed College, creates installations that explore personal and political issues related to genetics, ethnic identity, and disease.
August 30, 2014 to August 30, 2015
The works in this exhibition feature scenes from the life of Christ, culminating in his passion and death at Golgotha. According to the Christian tradition, Christ was buried at Golgotha, which in Aramaic means “the place of the skull.”

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