NewArt Northwest Kids 2024: Imagining Strange Weather

March 02, 2024 to June 17, 2024

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art celebrates 16 years of NewArt Northwest Kids, our annual K–12 juried student exhibition. This year’s theme, inspired by Strange Weather: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, asked students to think creatively about the fragility of earth and human relationships. Students were invited to use their imagination and problem-solving skills to represent solutions for improving our world, including addressing climate-based challenges in our present and future.

Teachers from across the region and state integrated art into their classrooms, and students were creative in their interpretations of the theme. This year’s body of work was created by Oregon K–12 students in homeschools, private, and public schools from Coburg, Crow- Applegate-Lorane, Eugene, Marcola, Salem, Sheridan, and Springfield. 

One of the JSMA’s priorities is to serve and to provide vibrant art experiences for the public, including K-12 students. The arts play an integral role in a child’s development and well-being and the JSMA creates opportunities for cultivating those experiences. In addition to this exhibition, the museum offers many enriching education programs, resources, and outreach offerings throughout the year for K–12 students, teachers, and families. We are committed to offering accessible and inclusive programming for our youngest visitors and sharing the impact art has on all of us regardless of age or ability.


The JSMA thanks the teachers, parents, and administrators from the following schools who submitted artwork. We recognize their efforts and advocacy in making art an integral part of their students’ lives:

Academy of Arts and Academics
Agnes Stewart Middle School
Awbrey Park Elementary School
Bridgeway House
Centennial Elementary School
Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District
Edison Elementary School
Henry D. Sheldon High School
Oak Hill School
South Eugene High School
Wilson Hill Academy (online)

We also offer special thanks to this year’s jurors. The jury panel included JSMA representatives John Weber, Executive Director, Lisa Abia-Smith, Director of Education and Senior Instructor at University of Oregon, Sherri Jones, Assistant Administrator of Education, Yeseul Lee, Museum Educator for Community Engagement and Well-Being, and Education Interns Christalee Kirby and Payton Jones.

NewArt Northwest Kids is made possible through support from The Cheryl and Allyn Ford Educational Outreach Endowment. Support for Strange Weather and related education and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.