Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene
Oregon, United States
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, OR, is an art museum part of the campus of the University of Oregon.
Above: an exterior view of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art building in Eugene, OR; photo Erik Bishoff (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
The museum, opened in 1933, is housed in a Gothic revival brick building designed by architect Ellis F. Lawrence.
The history of the museum began in the early-1920s when Gertrude Bass Warner donated her 1000-piece collection of Oriental art to the University of Oregon. Originally named The University of Oregon Museum of Art, the institution took its current name in 2002, in recognition of its main donor, Portland-born philanthropist and art collector Jordan Schnitzer.
The JSMA collections, ranging from antique to contemporary art, are presented into six thematic sections: Chinese art, European art and Russian icons, Japanese art, Korean art, South & Southeast Asian art & art of the Islamic World, and art of the Americas; furthermore, the museum also has a noteworthy collection of photography.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is particularly renowned for its collections of Oriental art; yet, the museum’s galleries also feature works by modern American and European artists such as Paul Cézanne, Max Pechstein, Le Corbusier, William Merritt Chase, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Morris Graves, David McCosh, and Mark Tobey, among others. The JSMA also hosts a program, entitled Masterworks on loan, aimed to display at the museum important artworks on loan from private institutions.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art organizes temporary exhibitions, guided tours, art classes for children, family programs, and research activities.
The JSMA building, which is fully accessible to physically impaired people, also contains a store and a cafe.
Sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in 2003. Photo Ali Eminov.
The courtyard of the Gothic-revival building of the museum. Photo Holly Hayes.
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