Free Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Explores Oregon’s Landscapes, Seascapes and Vistas

EUGENE, Ore. -- (March 27, 2017) –  The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, located on the University of Oregon campus, invites families to spend a day at the museum enjoying free activities at “Landscape, Seascapes and Vistas” on Saturday, April 15, from noon to 3 p.m. Sponsored by Kendall Auto Group and Imagination International Inc., this free event is inspired by the exhibition “Pour It On! Watercolors from the West.”


“We’re excited to invite families to enjoy art making activities that focus on watercolor techniques and experience performances that highlight the diversity of our beautiful Oregon environment” says Sherri Jones, JSMA museum education program coordinator.


Activities include creating torn paper landscapes, wax resist watercolor landscapes, and watercolor activities with University of Oregon athletes from the JSMA’s Art of the Athlete program. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a 30-minute studio session with artist Linda Rothchild Ollis to create watercolor seascapes. These will take place every half hour.  A similar project with a shorter time frame that is geared toward younger children will take place throughout the event.


Performances throughout the day include storytelling with Cynthia Olsen from the Eugene Public Library, TRUE – The Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza, and “Artistique Vistas” performed by Ballet Fanstastique.


Prior to the start of Family Day, the JSMA will be hosting an opening reception for the artists featured in this year’s NewArt Northwest Kids exhibition. This year’s theme is “The Language of Art” and features artwork from regional k – 12 students. The public is invited to celebrate the artists at a free reception from 11 a.m. to noon.  


“In the ten years since we began ‘NewArt Northwest Kids,’ we’ve been honored to celebrate the art created by students in our community,” says Lisa Abia-Smith, JSMA Director of Education. “This year’s theme has allowed students to represent themselves not only artistically but linguistically as well.”


Schedule of Events

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

NewArt Northwest Kids artist reception

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Art Activities
Wax resist landscapes with the River Road Park Imagination Bus
Torn paper landscapes
Art with the Athletes
Seascape washes with Linda Rothchild Ollis


12:30 –12:50 p.m. 
Story Time with Cynthia Olsen, Eugene Public Library

1:00 – 1:45
The Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza


1:45–2:15 p.m.
Museum Highlights Tour


2:15 –2:45 p.m.
Ballet Fantastique: Performance of “Artistique Vistas”


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. 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, Europe, and the Americas as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums—and the only academic art museum-- 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.


Contact: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942,


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