“The Road Not Taken” is the Theme for Annual K-12 Exhibition at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art


On view in the Education Corridor Galleries through May 29, NewArt Northwest Kids features over 40 works of art


EUGENE, Ore. -- (April 11, 2016) – “NewArt Northwest Kids: The Road Not Taken,” the title for this year’s JSMA annual K-12 exhibition, is on view in the Education Corridor Galleries through May 29, 2016.  In the ninth year of this annual exhibition, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art received almost 250 submissions from nineteen schools from which forty-four works were selected. The public is invited to celebrate the artists at a free reception on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m.


This year’s show was inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.” The exhibition features students’ visual depictions and descriptions of their lives, travels, and hopes for the future, their journeys from heartbreak to joy and hope. K-12 students from across the region and state created art in response to this year’s theme, by using a variety of media, including drawing, painting, creative writing, collage, and digital art.


“Teachers from across the region and state integrated art into their classrooms, and students were creative in their interpretations of the theme,” says Arthurina Fears, Manager of Museum Education Programs and exhibition coordinator.


The JSMA encourages teachers across the region and state that are using the visual arts, both as art lessons and curricular support, to participate in this annual program. Teacher in-service training, curriculum guides, and online tools provide educators resources for incorporating the exhibition theme into the classroom.


“This exhibition is one of many education programs the JSMA conducts throughout the year for teachers, families, and K–12 students,” says Lisa Abia-Smith, JSMA Director of Education.  “The museum strives to find meaningful connections between our collection and special exhibitions and the classroom.”


This year’s exhibition features the work of students in grades K-12 from private and public schools in Bethel, Creswell, Eugene, Oakridge, Portland, Newport, Sheridan, and Springfield. In addition to the works selected for exhibition display, visitors can also view submissions on a video monitor in the exhibition. 


Participating schools are Agnes Stewart Middle School, Springfield; Applegate Elementary School, Eugene; Awbrey Park Elementary School, Eugene; Bonny Slope Elementary School, Portland; Bridgeway House, Springfield; Camas Ridge Community School, Eugene; César E. Chávez Elementary School, Eugene; Creslane Elementary School, Creswell; The Delphian School, Sheridan; Edgewood Elementary, Eugene; Irving Elementary School, Eugene; Kelly Middle School, Eugene; The Little Owl School of Arts, Eugene; Newport Middle School, Newport; O’Hara Catholic School, Eugene; Oak Hill School, Eugene; Oakridge High School, Eugene; Saint Mary’s Academy, Portland; South Eugene High School, Eugene.


“NewArt Northwest Kids: The Road Not Taken” is made possible by Dr. Michael Balm and Dee Carlson, RosaLinda Case, Friends of the JSMA, and the Cheryl and Allyn Ford Endowment for Education and Outreach.


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, the Americas and Europe as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums in Oregon 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. 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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