The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Annual K-12 exhibition, “New Art Northwest Kids, Returns for Its Sixth Year

EUGENE, Ore. -- (March 6, 2013) – Language Arts is the theme for the Sixth Annual “New Art Northwest Kids” exhibition, on view through June 2, 2013 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. More than 40 works submitted by area K-12 students will be on view in the Education Corridor Galleries.


The art on view focuses on the integration of writing and visual art, and was inspired by the JSMA’s fall exhibitions “Lesley Dill’s Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan” and “Good Grief: A Selection of Original Art from Fifty Years of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts.” The JSMA received over 200 submissions that were juried by Delyn Dunham, JSMA exhibition interpreter; Summer Knowlton, JSMA tour coordinator; and Sharon Kaplan, JSMA museum educator and “New Art Northwest Kids” exhibition coordinator.


Participating schools include Cesar Chavez Elementary, Eugene, Classical Conversations (homeschool), Eugene, Corridor Alternative Elementary School, Eugene, Eugene Christian School, Oak Hill School, Eugene, Family School, Eugene, Irving Elementary School, Eugene, Lowell Junior/Senior High School, Lowell, O’Hara Catholic School, Eugene, Oakridge High School, Oakridge, South Eugene High School, and Sutherlin High School, Sutherlin.


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


Diane Hill, at Oak Hill School, was inspired by the museum’s statewide in-service in October, led by Lisa Abia-Smith, Director of Education, and Lauren Suveges, Museum Educator. The workshop focused on the use of language and writing in visual art and lesson plan ideas for integration. Hill applied what she learned from the JSMA’s workshop and worked with her students during the fall to prepare a collection of watercolors and poetry based on ideas relating to text and imagery.


“This year's art and literature theme provided a perfect avenue for our 4th and 6th grade students to visually interpret haiku poems that they wrote about their classrooms in a new building on campus, says Hill. “We published the works in a book and we are honored to have had four paintings from these classes chosen for the 2013 exhibition.”


Other teachers provided writing prompts and creative lessons that encouraged the magic that occurs when language arts and visual arts are working together.


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


“New Art Northwest Kids” is made possible by the Cheryl and Allyn Ford Endowment for Education and Outreach and an anonymous donor.



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 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.


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