“The Language of Art” is the theme for the 10th Annual K-12 Exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

NewArt Northwest Kids features forty-five works of art on view in the Education Corridor Galleries through May 28, 2017


EUGENE, Ore. -- (February 28, 2017) – “NewArt Northwest Kids: The Language of Art,” the title for this year’s JSMA annual K-12 exhibition, is on view in the Education Corridor Galleries through May 28, 2017.  In the tenth year of this annual exhibition, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art received over 200 submissions in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, creative writing, collage, and digital art,  from nineteen schools from which forty-five works were selected.


The public is invited to celebrate the artists at a free reception on Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m. The reception will be followed by a free, Family Day from noon to 3 p.m.


This year’s theme explores how visual images and written word intersect to create meaning. The exhibition features students’ visual depictions and considerations of what words they would use to describe themselves and who they want to be. They were also asked to think about a favorite book, song lyric, or poem and illustrate how it inspires them. Some students even took the opportunity to explore and comment on the current political climate.


“In the ten years since we began ‘NewArt Northwest Kids,’ we’ve been honored to celebrate the art created by students in our community,” says Lisa Abia-Smith, JSMA Director of Education. “This year’s theme has allowed students to represent themselves not only artistically but linguistically as well.”


The JSMA encourages teachers across the region and state that are using the visual arts, both as art lessons and curricular support, to participate in this annual program. Teacher in-service training, curriculum guides, and online tools provide educators resources for incorporating the exhibition theme into the classroom.


“This exhibition is one of many education programs the JSMA conducts throughout the year for teachers, families, and K–12 students,” says Abia-Smith.  “The museum strives to find meaningful connections between our collection and special exhibitions and the classroom.”


This year’s exhibition features the work of students in grades K-12 from private and public schools in Creswell, Oakridge, and Eugene.


Schools  selected for in the exhibition are: Camas Ridge Elementary School, Eugene; César E. Chávez Elementary School, Eugene; Charlemagne French Immersion, Eugene; Creslane Elementary School, Creswell; Multicultural Children’s Art Museum and Education Center, Eugene; Little Owl School of Arts, Eugene; O’Hara Catholic School, Eugene; Oak Hill School, Eugene; Oakridge Junior Senior High School, Oakridge; Oregon Virtual Academy, Eugene; Willamette Christian School, Eugene; and Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School, Eugene.


“NewArt Northwest Kids: The Language of Art” is made possible through support from the Cheryl and Allyn Ford Educational Outreach Endowment, Imagination International, and Dr. Michael Balm and Dee Carlson.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, the Americas, and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


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