Artist Michael Jones McKean to Lecture at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Artist Michael Jones McKean to Lecture at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Objects, Sculptures, Us…” is the tile of McKean’s talk co-sponsored by the ceramics area in the Department of Art


EUGENE, Ore. -- (April 1, 2014) –“Objects, Sculpture, Us…” is the title of Michael Jones McKean’s presentation on Monday, April 7, 6 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, This presentation is part of the Art Department’s Visiting Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Department of Art (ceramics area), the Robert James Endowed Funds in Ceramics at the UO Foundation and the JSMA.


Michael Jones McKean is known primarily for his large-scale installations and sculptures that explore issues of narration, complexity, representation, materiality and failure.  McKean will use his time in Eugene to pursue research on a future project at the museum and the White Box, in Portland.


“Michael Jones McKean embodies the will of an intrepid explorer, the heart of a mad scientist, and the familiarity of apple pie,” says Brian Gillis, associate art professor.  “His work takes on the role of the elusive epic. The viewer is enveloped; simultaneously overwhelmed by the abundance and scale of components, while comforted by their accessibility.”


He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award and an Artadia Award. McKean has also been awarded fellowships at the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. 


Recent exhibitions include the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, Annedale-On-Hudson, New York; Horton Gallery, New York, New York; Manifestation Internationle d’art de Quebec Biennale, Canada; Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany; the Art Foundation, Athens, Greece; Favorite Goods, Los Angeles, California; Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada; and Shenkar University, Tel Aviv, Israel.


McKean is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where he has taught in the sculpture and extended media department since 2006.


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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