Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon Names Senior Curator of Western Art


Johanna Seasonwein, Ph.D., will begin work July 1, 2014


EUGENE, Ore. -- (March 24, 2014) – Following a national search, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Johanna G. Seasonwein, Ph.D.,  has been hired as the museum’s senior curator of Western art. Beginning July 1, 2014, and reporting to Anne Rose Kitagawa, the JSMA’s chief curator and curator of Asian art, Seasonwein will direct the curatorial program focusing on American, Latin American, and European art, including collections development, exhibitions, academic collaborations and public programs. Seasonwein is currently the Andrew W. Mellon curatorial fellow for academic programs at the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, N.J.


“We are excited to welcome such a distinguished scholar to our staff,” says Jill Hartz, executive director. “Seasonwein’s experience working with faculty and students at Princeton, in particular, will contribute to our educational mission, both in terms of academic study and global appreciation of diverse cultures.  We are also deeply grateful to the University of Oregon, which is generously funding this permanent position. “


Seasonwein is an art historian specializing in the Middle Ages and holds a doctorate in art history from Columbia University, New York, N.Y. She earned her B.A. in art history from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, M.D.


Seasonwein joined the staff at the Princeton University Art Museum in 2009 and was responsible for interpretation, education and academic outreach, program and staff management in addition to curatorial work. In 2012, she curated the exhibition “Princeton and the Gothic Revival: 1870-1930.“ As part of the exhibition, she authored the companion book and developed content for the museum’s first smartphone application. Previously, she worked as a lecturer and teaching fellow at Columbia University and taught “Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art History,” one of the courses in the institution’s core curriculum.


 “I am looking forward to moving to Eugene this summer,” says Seasonwein. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know the JSMA collection, staff, and the greater University of Oregon community. I am excited about working at such an innovative teaching museum that also supports the larger community in so many ways.”


The JSMA’s collection of Western art is comprised of 5,600 works, from a total collection of more than 13,000 objects,  including prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, mixed media and new media, sculpture and decorative arts, representing a range of cultures, nations, and time periods. 


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.


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