Free Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art explores photography through “Portraits, People and Places"

This free family-friendly event is sponsored by U.S. Bancorp Foundation.


EUGENE, Ore. -- (November 25, 2013) – The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art invites children and families to explore the art of photography at a free family day, “Portraits, People and Places,” on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free day of fun-filled art activities is sponsored by U.S. Bancorp Foundation.


Inspired by the exhibition “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West,” this event includes hands-on art activities, tours of current exhibitions and performances by Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestra and JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre.


Children can engage with the art in our galleries by creating art of their own inspired by photographic portraits, photo collages, holiday cards, and upcycled projector slides! “Family Day is a day of viewing and creating art and exploring all that the JSMA has to offer,” says Arthurina Fears, JSMA’s newest educator. “This is a great time for families to participate together.”


At 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. , JSMA staff will offer a museum tour of our current exhibitions and from 11a.m. to 3p.m. the art studio will be open for free art activities.  At 12:30 p.m., the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras will perform and at 1:30 p.m. the JSMA’s Dragon Puppet Theatre will perform. The full schedule of activities follows:


Schedule of Events:

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.                Free Art Activities

11:30 a.m.                         Museum Tour

12:30 p.m.                         Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras Performance

1:30 p.m.                           JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre

2 p.m.                                Museum Tour


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, Korea, Japan, 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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