Animal Tales is the Theme for a Fun-Filled Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Art activities, performances, and adoptable pets from Greenhill Humane Society included in the day


EUGENE, Ore. -- (April 24, 2014) – Families are invited to a day of animals, art making and performances at “Animal Tales,” a free family day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Saturday, May 3 from noon to 3 p.m.


Sponsored by Kendall Auto Group, the day includes adoptable pets from Greenhill Humane Society and First Avenue Shelter, performances by Ballet Fantastique and the JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre, and art activities for all ages. Art activities are inspired by the museum’s collection and special exhibitions, including “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection," and will include making portraits of animals in the style of contemporary artists.


A family-friendly guided tour starts at 2:15 p.m., and families can also explore the galleries on their own with the JSMA’s ArtPacks. Sponsored by Bank of America, the bilingual (English and Spanish) ArtPacks offer families an interactive way to take self-guided tours of the museum, complete with guided questions, sensory experiences, and audio.


Family Day starts at 11 a.m. with a reception honoring the artists in the 7th Annual “NewArt Northwest Kids” juried exhibitions. This year’s entries address the theme Food for Thought and the artists are from K-12 schools across the state. “NewArt Northwest – Kids” is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Cheryl and Allyn Ford Educational Outreach Endowment and Dr. Michael Balm and Dee Carlson.


11 a.m. – Noon
Reception –“NewArt Northwest Kids: Food for Thought”

Noon – 3 p.m.
Art Activities for all ages

Noon – 3 p.m.
Meet adoptable pets from Greenhill Humane Society and First Avenue Shelter

12:30 p.m.
JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre

1:30 p.m.
JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre

2:15 p.m.
Museum Tour

2:40 p.m.
Ballet Fantastique


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, America, Europe and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in the state of Oregon—and the only university museum--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. Tuesdays and 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.


Contact: Debbie Williamson Smith, Communications Manager, 541-346-0942,


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