The Jordan Schnitzer Museum Seeks Participants for Eugene’s First Incredible Inflato-Contest

Teams of 3-5 people are encouraged to submit proposals for inflatables for the March First Friday ArtWalk

EUGENE, Ore. -- (January 10, 2013) – In conjunction with the exhibition “West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977,” the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Master Capital Management are organizing Eugene’s First Incredible Inflato-Contest. Teams of three to five people are asked to submit an inflatable proposal that will presented in poster form at the “West of Center” opening reception on Friday, February 8, from 6- to p.m. Proposals are due February 1, 2013.

Four teams will be selected as finalists and be supplied with basic materials to bring their inflatable to life at the Lane Arts Council’s First Friday Art Walk on March 1, 2013. After a public vote, the winning team will be announced at the museum on Sunday, March 3. The winning team will receive a cash prize.

Contest rules and proposal forms can be found at

Eugene’s First Incredible Inflato-contest is inspired by the experimental architecture collective Ant Farm. Founded in San Francisco in 1968, Ant Farm created inflatable environments at numerous happenings, schools, conferences, and festivals, notably the Rolling Stones’ free concert at Altamont. Traveling the country throughout the 1970s, Ant Farm distributed their “Inflatocookbook” teaching architectural skills ad hoc to democratize the institution of architecture.


Due February 1, each proposal must be accompanied by a proposal form; a poster, approximately 36” x 24” of the  proposal, including1 drawing of the proposed inflatable, 1 full view, 1 detail showing entrance, 1 detail showing attachment to a fan, and any details showing decorative designs, projections or other descriptions specific to your inflatable.  Teams are encouraged to embellish inflatables with sound, video, texture, and scent. The inflatables must fit within a floor space that is 15 x 13 ft. Submit proposals to or mail/drop off at the JSMA, 1223 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1223.


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 and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association 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, 541-346-0942,


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