Art Created by University of Oregon Athletes is On View in “Art of the Athlete II”


The exhibition is on view through, Sunday, February 9, 2014.


EUGENE, Ore. -- (September 16, 2013) – Building on the 2012 collaboration with the John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes and the UO Arts and Administration Program, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s “Art of the Athlete” exhibition returns for a second year. On view through February 9, 2014, this year’s show features work created by UO student athletes from football, soccer, men’s and women’s golf, track and field, cheerleading, and men’s and women’s basketball.


The public is invited to attend a free reception on Wednesday, October 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


“Students spent the spring term in workshops with museum educators twice a week, and they experimented with mixed media, graphic design, and self-portraiture to create the works on display,” says Lisa Abia-Smith, JSMA director of education. “Some of the athletes used the studio session to create paintings depicting a fellow student athlete and tennis player, Alex Rovello, who drowned in May 2013,”


Artists in the exhibition are Karrington Armstrong, Football; Dominic Artis, Basketball; Dylan Ausherman, Football; Isaac Ava, Football; Pharaoh Brown, Football; Benjamin Butterfield, Football; Maxwell Carter, Golf; Benjamin Carter, Basketball; Rak Cho, Golf; Erick Dargan, Football; Chad Delaney, Football; Amanda Delgado, Basketball; Isaac Dixon, Football; Damyean Dotson, Basketball; Eric Dungy, Football; Raphaela Dyer, Golf; Ifomeno Ekpre-Olomu, Football; Jacob Fisher, Football; Kelsey Foo, Soccer; Ayele Forde, Football; Zachary Foushee, Golf; Christian French, Football; Colin Greig, Football; Cheyenne Hickle, Golf; Troy Hill, Football; Cali Hipp, Golf; Joshua Huff, Football; Janitah Iamaleava, Basketball; Benjamin Itterman, Golf; Lake Kaai, Football; David Kafovalu, Football; Keloni Kamalani, Football; Samuel Kamp, Football; Wade  Keliikipi, Football; Beijan Kelley, Football; Jordan Loera, Basketball; Alejandro Maldonado, Football; Dior Mathis, Football; Jamal Prater, Football; Ryann Ree, Golf; Taylor Richmond, Cheerleading; Noah Sheikh, Golf; Avery Sills, Golf; Gregory Skipper, Track and Field; Eric Solis, Football; Blake Stanton, Football; Hamani Stevens, Football; De’Anthony Thomas, Football; Tony Washington, Football; and Bronson Yim, Football.


“Being an athlete is very similar to being an artist,” says Abia-Smith. “You have to think about sequence and process and always be one step ahead. It is wonderful to view these identities that seem to be so different, but really they have so much in common – art and athletics.” 


The exhibition includes Guide by Cell tours with the athletes talking about their work, a 5-minute video showing the creation process in the classroom, and in-depth artist’s statements from each describing what influenced the creation of their work.


Art of the Athlete II is co-sponsored by the UO Arts and Administration Program.


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, 541-346-0942,


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