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A history of exhibitions lies below. Click on the "More Detail" link for more information about a particular exhibit. To browse all of the objects featured in an exhibition, click on that exhibit's "Search for all items" link.

Splendor and Light: Russian Art from the Collection   More Detail   Search for all items

The objects on view in this gallery reflect the rich variety of Russian art in the collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Gertrude Bass Warner, the founder of the University of Oregon Museum of Art, as it was then known, acquired an impressive group of Russian Orthodox icons as part of the Murray Warner Memorial Collection of Oriental Art. She continued to add to the collection after she gifted it to the University of Oregon, and other donors have augmented this legacy with additional gifts. This rotation includes highlights from the collection of icons from the 17th through 19th centuries, as well as examples of cast metal crosses and icons. Selections from a recent gift of lacquer boxes made in the 1970s and ‘80s demonstrate the connections between the sacred and secular arts.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is grateful to Anastasia Savenko-Moore, a 2015 Master’s graduate of the Department of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Heghine Hakobyan, Slavic Librarian, for their assistance with this exhibition.

New Art Northwest Kids (2016)   More Detail   Search for all items

44 pieces of NW Kids' art

Brett Weston in Oregon   More Detail   Search for all items

A recent gift of works from the Brett Weston Archive features images from the noted American photographer’s time in Oregon.

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain   More Detail   Search for all items

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon is organizing a major Rick Bartow exhibition. Co-curated by Jil Hartz, Executive Director and Danielle Knapp, McCosh Associate Curator, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain will feature approximately 120 drawings, paintings, prints, mixed media, and sculpture, ranging from the 1970s to the present.

Reconoci.dos: Dominicans of Haitian Descent   More Detail   Search for all items

This exhibition presents photographs by members of, an organization of Dominican youth of Haitian descent that is struggling to reinstate their rights as nationals. The Spanish word “reconocido” translates to “recognized” or “acknowledged” in English.

New Art Northwest Kids (2015)   More Detail   Search for all items

56 pieces of NW Kids' art

Images of Architecture   More Detail   Search for all items

Drawn entirely from the collections of the JSMA, this exhibition explores different modes of representing European architecture. From prints to drawings to photography, the works on view represent the ways in which artists have rendered three-dimensional space in two-dimensional form. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with ARH 607, “Representing Architecture,” a graduate-level class taught by Professor Maile Hutterer in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.

The Architecture and Legacy of Pietro Belluschi   More Detail   Search for all items

“The Architecture and Legacy of Pietro Belluschi,” on view from February 7 to April 26, 2015, in the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Gallery at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, examines the career of the Portland-based architect. Drawn from the exhibition designed and curated by Pietro’s son, architect Anthony Belluschi and his wife, Marti Belluschi, for the Oregon Historical Society in 2012, this exhibition features eight models of Belluschi buildings located in Oregon, many of them built by University of Oregon students, as well as informative panels, a video, and other materials documenting the life and work of one of our region’s most important architects.

On Wednesday, February 18, at 5:30 p.m., Anthony Belluschi and Judith Sheine, head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon, will discuss Belluschi and his legacy. A reception will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

The exhibition includes multiple panels, each describing a part of Belluschi’s life, a specific building, or building design style. The models include Portland’s St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Belluschi’s first full-fledged church commission, built in 1940. Other models are of The Sutor House, Portland, 1938; the Equitable Building (now Commonwealth), Portland, 1948; The Belluschi House, Portland, 1948; Zion Lutheran Church, Portland, 1950; First Presbyterian Church, Cottage Grove, 1951; and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (now The Reserve Building), Portland, 1951.

Pietro Belluschi (1899–1994) was one of the leading proponents of Modernist architecture and is known as a prominent contributor to the architectural style known as Pacific Northwest Regionalism. Born and raised in Italy, Belluschi served in the Italian armed forces during World War I. Following the war, he attended the University of Rome, earning a degree in Civil Engineering in 1922. After moving to the United States in 1923, he continued his education at Cornell University and joined the Portland architectural firm of A.E. Doyle in 1925, quickly rising up the ranks and eventually buying out the remaining partners in 1943.

He contributed to the design of more than 1,000 buildings, many of them in Oregon, including the main building of the Portland Art Museum (1932), the Equitable Building in Portland (1944–47), and the Central Lutheran Church in Eugene (1959). Belluschi was the Dean of the Architecture and Planning School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1951 to 1965. He was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1991 and dies in his Portland home in 1994.

The exhibition is made possible in part by a JSMA Academic Support grant.

Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation   More Detail   Search for all items

Margo Grant Walsh   More Detail   Search for all items

Installation of selected objects from promised gift of Margo Grant Walsh

Placing Pierre Daura   More Detail   Search for all items

The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection   More Detail   Search for all items

Included works by Radcliff Bailey, John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Lalla Essaydi, Roland Fischer, Dinh Q. Le, Roy Lichtenstein, Hung Liu, Elizabeth Peyton, T.L. Solien, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
Artist’s Talk 04/26/2014 by T.L. Solien
“From serious to whimsical, realistic to abstract, the exhibition features 40 artworks devoted to creative interpretations of the human form.” – The Human Touch brochure

Hunting Requires Optimism; Medusa Smack   More Detail   Search for all items

The refrigerator, that great beacon of fulfillment, represents an entirely different landscape. A symbol of promise and hope, this beloved appliance takes on a whole new meaning in Hunting Requires Optimism. Visitors yearning for that unidentifiable something are invited to open each of 10 refrigerators on display. Instead of finding a snack to satisfy a craving, however they discover a television monitors with 9 different video loops of wolves stalking, often not catching, and only once taking down and eating prey in snowy wilderness. The video presentation offers viewers an opportunity to ponder their place in the food chain and the predator/prey hierarchy, and to fully appreciate the refrigerator as a frozen tundra.

Contemporary Oregon Visions   More Detail   Search for all items


Ever since the 1960s, when Virginia Haseltine began donating works from her landmark collection of Pacific Northwest art to the University of Oregon’s art museum—with the goal of building cross-cultural dialogue with our founding Asian collections—the study, presentation, and support of 20th and 21st century Oregon artists has been central to our mission. Today, the JSMA has the largest collection of works on paper by Morris Graves, one of the most important artists of the Pacific Northwest. Haseltine’s gift encouraged many other collectors to donate work by such significant Northwest artists as Charles Heaney, Manuel Izquierdo, Carl and Hilda Morris, Henk Pander, Albert and Arthur Runquist, Amanda Snyder, and Mark Tobey. Furthermore, her passion for collecting contemporary craft, and ceramics, in particular, supported the careers of Betty Feves, Kenneth Shores, and Robert Sperry, and emboldened others to do the same. Following the museum’s major expansion in 2005, this new gallery was named in honor of Harold and Arlene Schnitzer in recognition of their long-standing philanthropic commitment to support artists in the region. More recently, thanks to two of The Ford Family Foundation’s grant programs, we created an Artist Project Space, which aims to feature the work of Oregon artists for six months each year, and acquired new work by such exciting Oregon artists as Whitney Nye, Judith Poxson Fawkes, and Susan Seubert.

Consequently, when the opportunity arose to feature work by Jo Hamilton and Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, we were thrilled. Hamilton’s ingenuity and success in transforming a traditional craft medium into fine art reflects today’s blurring of boundaries in high/low art as well as a very Portland-identified DIY ethos. Hardwicke Olivieri’s ability to translate her knowledge of and passion for the natural world into complex, idiosyncratic paintings and mosaics reflects a growing national interest in protecting the ecosystems of our state, country, and world. Their work captures people and places in uniquely beautiful and provocative ways. We are grateful to both artists for sharing their treasures and creativity with us.

Jill Hartz, Executive Director
June Black, Assistant Curator for the Arts of the Americas and Europe
Jessi DiTillio, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art

ASARO—Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca   More Detail   Search for all items

Ave Maria: Symbolic and Narrative Icons from the Permanent Collection   More Detail   Search for all items

The Virgin Mary has been venerated in art and visual culture since the late Middle Ages throughout Christian Europe. This exhibit proposes to provide museum visitors with visual access to a variety of symbolic representations of Mary and iconic scenes from her life. These painted panels were collected from Western and Eastern Europe, specifically, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Yugoslavia, and Greece. The exhibit will include a total of sixteen panels: four from Western Europe and twelve from Eastern Europe. Of those twelve Eastern panels, three are narrative scenes from the life of the Virgin and nine present Mary in some of the numerous roles developed for her in the late Middle Ages. The paintings were selected in order to demonstrate the wealth of Marian imagery throughout Europe and the impact of Marian devotion on the continent as well as to demonstrate the differences and similarities between Eastern and Western Marian iconography.

Korda & the Revolutionary Image   More Detail   Search for all items

Living Legacies:80 @ 80:BARKER   More Detail   Search for all items

New American Acquisitions   More Detail   Search for all items

Recent additions to the JSMA permanent collection

Su Kwak: Light Journey - An Odyssey in Paint (1996-2012)   More Detail   Search for all items

Julie Green: The Last Supper   More Detail   Search for all items

The Last Supper is a series of 500 ceramic plates illustrating final meals of death row inmates.
Loan period: February 20, 2013 - April 12, 2013. Exhibition period: March 1 - April 7.
JSMA staff will pick-up from the Art Center in Corvallis and will drop-off at the Art Center (30 bins, 35lbs each)

West of Center   More Detail   Search for all items

German Expressionism   More Detail   Search for all items

ArtH205 Prof. Harper request - Winter 2013   More Detail   Search for all items

Carl Morris: History of Religions   More Detail   Search for all items

An exhibit of Carl Morris' History of Religions murals.

Carl Morris was commissioned by the Oregon Centennial Exposition to create mural-size paintings celebrating the state’s religious histories. In eight weeks, he painted nine murals, arguably his most accomplished paintings. The murals were acquired by the JSMA shortly after the 1959 Centennial celebrations and have been exhibited only once, in 2007, since their inaugural exhibition in 1959.

Neville Selection   More Detail   Search for all items

Mackinnon- North rotation 2012   More Detail   Search for all items

The Female Figure: Artistic Multiplicities   More Detail   Search for all items

Tough by Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West   More Detail   Search for all items

catalogue published

Jamie Harper Request - Spring 2012   More Detail   Search for all items

Part of a looking assignment for Jamie Harper's class

Faculty Selections   More Detail   Search for all items

(Art Department Faculty Selections from the Collection)

One Step Big Shot: Portraits by Andy Warhol and Gus Van Sant   More Detail   Search for all items

"The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon invites partnership on a major international exhibition: One Step Big Shot: Portraits by Andy Warhol and Gus Van Sant.
“Behind a Polaroid camera Andy Warhol and Gus Van Sant probed innumerable strangers, acquaintances, and celebrities in the process of creating their art. This exhibition explores the connections between two giants of the international art world and how, beginning with a Polaroid camera, they masked and unmasked identity, fueled a cult of celebrity, and changed the the way we appreciate art and understand ourselves. From intimate unique portraits to mass-produced silk screens, to paintings, collages, films and videos, Warhol and Van Sant drew from the Beats and Pop Culture to create riveting and transgressive portraits that define generations. By comparing their approaches and aesthetics, this exhibition offers insights into their aesthetic choices, gender perspectives, and cultural contexts.
“Under the curatorship of Lawrence Fong, JSMA curator of American and Regional art, OSBS opened at the museum in spring 2010. During the summer, a portion of the show, featuring work by Gus Van Sant, travelled to Fotografiska, Stockholm’s new museum of photography, in conjunction with the artist’s acceptance of a national film award. The JSMA is now re-envisioning the next stage of the exhibition’s development and travel.” – page 1 of "OSBS" brochure.

McKenzie Icon Gallery Winter 2010   More Detail   Search for all items

icon gallery loans from private lenders

Giuseppe Vasi's Rome: Lasting Impressions from the Age of the Grand Tour   More Detail   Search for all items

exhibition catalogue published

The Thinking Body   More Detail   Search for all items

Catalogue published

Eye Contact   More Detail   Search for all items

An exhibition of the work of twenty-six contemporary artists teaching at the University of Oregon Department of Art.

Twenty Northwest Architects and Associated Designers   More Detail   Search for all items

Catalogue published and recorded in Mimsy.
Exhibition Held in the Museum of Art of the University of Oregon, November 6 - December 2, 1962. Sponsored by the Friends of the Museum. Catalogue Edited by Wallace S. Baldinger, Director, and designed by Joseph M. Stuart, Curator. The exhibition featured 20 architects from Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, and Spokane. From Seattle: Fred Bassetti; Kirk, Wallace, McKinley & Associates; John Moore Morse; Paul Thiry. From Tacoma: Liddle & Jones; Robert Billsbrough Price. From Portland: Van Evera Bailey; Donald Blair; Lewis Crutcher; William L. Fletcher; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Stewart & Richardson; John Storrs; Warren Weber; Wolff & Zimmer; Saul Zaik. From Eugene: Stafford, Morin & Longwood; Wilmsen, Endicott & Unthank. From Spokane: McClure & Adkison; Walker & McGough. Also, Medford designer Robert Bosworth's design of the Oregon Pavilion at the Seattle World's Fair. [charlotte, 2016]

Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium   More Detail   Search for all items

Penn Museum website, 10-25-12:
"Ahmet Ertug's photographs document the interiors of three churches - the Karankik Kilise (Dark Church), the New Church of Tokali (Buckle Church), and the Meryem Ana Kilisesi (Church of the Mother of God) - all more 1,000 years old and all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The photographs include close-up views of elaborate wall paintings depicting classic Christian scenes from the life of Christ and images of saints. Also included are images revealing the dramatic interior architecture of these churches, places that have inspired, and continue to inspire generations of worshippers and admirers."