Artful Animals Inspire a Free Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Event is Saturday, May 18 from noon – 3 p.m. and includes two cheetahs visiting from Wildlife Safari


EUGENE, Ore. -- (May 8, 2013) The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will take you on a safari at “Artful Animals,” a free family day of activities on Saturday, May 18 from noon to 3 p.m. Sponsored by KendallAuto Group, visitors will get free admission to the museum on a day full of family-friendly performances, art activities, and animals.


“We are very excited to welcome cheetahs from Wildlife Safari to our family day,” says Lisa Abia-Smith, JSMA education director. “Our family days provide a chance for families to explore the museum, create art, and now, with these special furry guests, experience endangered animals’ in-person.”


Children can craft their own animal masks to wear on a gallery scavenger hunt seeking animals found in artwork throughout the museum’s galleries. Animal prints will inspire young artists to create paintings featuring their favorite animals.


At 12:15 and 12:45, the JSMA’s Dragon Puppet Theatre will entertain audiences with two performances of a classic tale of Japanese animals in Kintaro.  And two special guests, the teaching cheetahs from Wildlife Safari, will be on hand between 1:15 and 2:15 p.m.


Prior to Family Day, a closing reception for “NewArt Northwest Kids” exhibition will celebrate the artists and teachers who participated in the 6th annual show. The reception begins at 11 a.m. and is free to attend. Language Arts is the theme for the exhibition, on view through June 2, 2013. More than 40 works submitted by area K-12 students will be on view in the Education Corridor Galleries.


11 am-12 pm: NewArt Northwest Kids reception

12:15 & 12:45 pm: Dragon Puppet Theatre performances

1:15-2:15 pm: Wildlife Safari

12-3 pm: Free art activities


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.


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


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