New JSMA Director calls the University of Oregon’s Art Museum a ‘Genuine Treasure’

In an interview with John Weber, the newly appointed executive director of the Jordan Snitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Weber speaks about the importance of academic museums and the exciting future for the UO museum.

In his interview, he argues,

Academic museums are important because we change students’ lives by giving them an educational experience like nothing else on university campuses…You can’t teach science without a lab. You can’t teach dance and drama without a theater. And you can’t teach art without a gallery, a museum, because that is where you situate and encounter the real thing, the art itself. So a museum is FUNDAMENTAL to teaching art, and art is FUNDAMENTAL to understanding human history and human identity. If we want to understand who we are, both as individuals and as cultures trying to live together in the world, we need art, and the museum is where we can go to see it. [University of Oregon]

PSU’s First On-Campus Art Museum Opens to the Public, Free of Charge

Portland State University’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opened on November 7, with around 1,300 visitors at the grand opening.

Linda Tesner, the director and curator, explained that the goal of the opening exhibition, Art for All, was to have “at least one work that resonates at a profound level with every visitor.” She further emphasized, “Everyone is welcome here, no matter what interests you have or what you do.” [VG PSU Vanguard]

Portland State University Prepares to Open New Art Museum, Brought to Campus by Jordan Schnitzer

In early November, Portland State University will open the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the third academic art museum under that name. Others include the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University and theJordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Oregon State. Schnitzer envisions the three museums working together as a consortium.

The museum was made possible by a $4 million gift from Jordan Schnitzer, with a $1 million endowment for a head curator position. Lisa Tesner from Lewis and Clark College has stepped in as an interim director. [The Oregonian/OregonLive]