Past Exhibitions

May 16, 2020 to September 30, 2020
The award-winning work of American etcher and master printer Mildred Bryant Brooks (1901-95) explores the physical and metaphorical beauty of the natural world. With a keen eye for detail, exceptional technical skill, curiosity, and empathy, Brooks brought to life the forest, desert, and ocean landscapes of her native California, reflecting on the symbiotic relationship between nature and humanity
February 08, 2020 to June 15, 2020
Over his long and prolific career, distinguished American artist and educator Roger Shimomura has channeled his outrage and despair into beautiful, provocative, often irreverent, and sometimes inflammatory art. He uses a brightly colored Pop-Art style to depict a dizzying combination of traditional Japanese imagery and exaggerated cultural stereotypes.
January 18, 2020 to May 03, 2020
Nationally celebrated Portland-born artist Carrie Mae Weems uses photography, video, and installation to examine contemporary life and the African-American experience. In her exhibition The Usual Suspects, organized by Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Weems asks, “How do you measure a life?”
January 15, 2020 to April 19, 2020
Inspired by an almost microscopic examination of nature, Claire Burbridge creates beautifully drawn magical worlds. Her subjects, trees, flowers, plants, fungi, insects, morph from realistic depictions into a heightened reality that entices our vision and invigorates our spirit. The current exhibition features works produced since 2015, as well as new works, informed by a recent visit to Iceland.
December 07, 2019 to June 14, 2020
Selected from the JSMA’s collection by Thom Sempere, Associate Curator of Photography, STILL Photography highlights thirteen images representing work that is wide-ranging in style, time, location and subject. Iconic images by Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Lewis Hine and Raúl Corrales are brought together with contemporary works of Sally Mann, Dan Powell and Richard Tuschman, among others.
October 26, 2019 to July 05, 2020
This exhibition celebrates the history of Japanese mezzotint prints. Mezzotint is Italian for “half-tone,” a reference to this intaglio technique’s capacity to produce a broad tonal range of deep blacks through bright whites.
October 05, 2019 to January 19, 2020
Organized by the non-profit Ralph Steadman America, in close cooperation with the artist and his family, this touring exhibition offers a retrospective of the visual legacy of one of the most influential British graphic artists of the last fifty years.
September 21, 2019 to February 23, 2020
How do artists reflect and respond to social issues and advocate for equality, awareness, and change? Those questions inspired 36 UO students and student athletes from our Art of the Athlete program to create self-portraits this summer as part of a series of workshops.
September 21, 2019 to February 23, 2020
In June during UO Zero week, twelve university students studied abroad in a Global Education Oregon (GEO) program designed and led by Director of Education Lisa AbiaSmith at the site of her own study abroad university thirty years ago in Aix-en-Provence.
September 07, 2019 to February 23, 2020
The JSMA’s fourth “Common Seeing” exhibition supports the UO’s 2019-20 “Common Reading” of Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes. In the book, the resilient protagonist, 13-year-old Estrella, works in the hot California grape fields while navigating the realities of first love, financial struggle, family separation, and illness.
August 24, 2019 to June 15, 2020
South Korean artist Kwang Young CHUN combines hundreds of paper-wrapped parcels to create sculptural compositions, called Aggregations, which look like crystal formations, asteroids, or the surface of the moon.
August 17, 2019 to December 29, 2019
Tom Cramer (American, b. 1960) is widely known for his intricate relief paintings, which celebrate the lushness of nature and the mysteries of the cosmos. This exhibition explores his parallel practice in drawing.
June 15, 2019 to December 29, 2019
Dissolving the artificial boundary between human society and wild nature is the goal of this special exhibition, featuring work from two of the artist’s recent series, "Dreams Before Extinction" and "Under the Earth, Over the Moon."
June 01, 2019 to September 08, 2019
As a follow-up to 2018’s popular collections exhibition A Decade of Collecting, JSMA’s curators present newly acquired works as well as recent and planned gifts in honor of Jill Hartz.
May 29, 2019 to June 09, 2019
The JSMA is excited to present the world-premiere of noted artist Philip Haas’s new work, before it embarks on a year-long tour in the U.S. and abroad. The two-week performance installation incorporates motorized sculpture, construction, totems, altered found objects, film, fetishized costume, movement, sound, spoken word, and music.

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