1/21/2020: An email sent to campus today, from Pres Schill and Prov Phillips, out of the blue. I’m not complaining, but I imagine there’s a backstory to this 180. If you know it, please post a comment:
Dear University of Oregon Community,
We are fortunate to have two nationally accredited and award-winning museums on our campus: the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH). As winter term unfolds, and you perhaps seek a terrific indoor activity on a wet day, please consider a visit to each of these gems.
The JSMA boasts extraordinary permanent collections, but also has rotating exhibitions. A solo show just opened featuring the work of Carrie Mae Weems, a celebrated Oregon-born MacArthur Fellow. There is also a stunning exhibition featuring three-dimensional compositions created by South Korean artist Kwang Young Chun. In addition, the JSMA has a program called Masterworks on Loan, which brings internationally recognized work to our community for limited visits. Picasso and Warhol are among the artists on display now. In addition to its galleries, the JSMA provides studio and family programs, summer camps, and tours.
As noted on its website, the MNCH is “a place for digging into science, celebrating culture, and joining together to create a just and sustainable world.” This is a perfect encapsulation of the exhibitions, collections, research, and community engagement of the MNCH, which was formally established in 1935 but has roots back to the founding of the UO in 1876, when Thomas Condon arrived with large fossil and artifact collections. Permanent exhibits cover archeological, cultural, geological, and paleontological aspects of Oregon’s deep past. Current temporary exhibitions include “Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years—The Eugene Story” and “Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo.”
Both museums welcome thousands of visitors each year and provide educational opportunities to thousands of K-12 students across Oregon. Admission is free to UO students, faculty, and staff, but each museum also offers membership opportunities. We invite you to join us in visiting and becoming members of both of these wonderful museums; you will not be disappointed.
Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law
Provost and Senior Vice President
It’s all true. Every year I take my SAIL summer economics camp HS students to the museum, to give them a break from economics and so I can look at the masterworks. The docents do a great job – despite the complaint of one of my students that “I came here to learn economics – not look at a bunch of pictures!”
4/18/2019: Arts on the Chopping Block
Bob Keefer has the story in the Eugene Weekly, here. Some snippets:
The University of Oregon plans to solve its budget crisis by cutting money for the arts and culture.
That’s the message conveyed by a series of major budget cuts quietly proposed for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
… The university needs to cut its overall budget by $11.6 because of falling enrollment and other revenue losses, UO President Michael Schill has said.
Despite the university’s culture of secrecy, word of the arts cuts — which had not been publicly announced — leaked out when former Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy posted the news on Facebook April 10.
Apparently on orders from above, arts administrators declined to talk about the cuts to Eugene Weekly, referring questions to Molly Blancett, the university’s interim spokesperson. …
Why isn’t UO cutting subsidies for Duck sports instead?