Wondrous Words is the theme of annual Holiday Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Eugene, Ore.—(November 20, 2012)—Celebrate the holiday season at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with an annual holiday family day. With the theme of Wondrous Words, the event is Saturday, December 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers free admission, entertainment and art activities for the entire family.


"The JSMA's annual Holiday Family day is always a wonderful opportunity for visitors of all ages to engage in activities inspired by the season and art on display,” says Lisa Abia-Smith, JSMA Director of Education. “We are particularly looking forward to this year's “Wondrous Words” Family Day because of the array of hands-on art activities designed for families to explore comics, calligraphy, and characters." 


Word inspired art activities influenced by the exhibitions Lesley Dill’s “Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan and “Good Grief! A Selection of Original Art from 50 Years of Charles M. Schulz’s PEANUTS, as well as the museum’s collections, are available for all ages. Make your own shadow puppet and learn Chinese calligraphy techniques with the University of Oregon Confucius Institute.


The JMSA’s Dragon Puppet Theatre performs “Raven and Petrel,” at noon. “Raven and Petrel” is one of the many stories the Northwest Native Americans have that features Raven, a character who can be either benevolent or tricky, or both. In our story Petrel is greedily hoarding all earth’s fresh water.  Raven steals it from Petrel and in the process changes from white to black.


Family-friendly guided tours of the museum take place at 1 p.m. And families can explore the galleries on their own with the JSMA’s new ArtPacks. Sponsored by Bank of America, ArtPacks offer families an interactive way to take self-guided tours of the museum complete with guided questions, sensory experiences, and audio tours.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest visual arts center 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 and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association 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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