Museums and galleries on the UO campus
Yeah, you can Google just about anything, but seeing the real thing is a whole different experience. Want to examine the fossilized skeleton of a nine foot ground sloth that roamed Oregon millions of years ago? Or peruse the original drafts of University of Oregon alumnus Ken Kesey’s groundbreaking novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? How about taking in an exhibition featuring representations of contemporary Cuban art that responds to the volatile political, economic, and cultural climate of Cuba today? (You can do just that when “Cuba Ocho” is on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through October 8, 2017.)
Millions of unique and fascinating objects and artifacts comprise the collections housed in the UO’s museums, galleries, and libraries. And temporary exhibitions ensure there’s always something new on view.
Look for these by number on the campus map.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
With a full schedule of rotating exhibitions, outstanding collections of Asian and Northwest art, and a Masterworks on Loan program featuring important pieces by some of the world’s most prominent artists, the JSMA, as it’s known on campus, offers a world-class art experience. Linger for lunch at Marché, the museum café, and don’t miss the peaceful central courtyard with its intricate stone carvings and reflecting pool—the 1933 building is on the National Register for Historic Places.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History
This museum got its start in the late 1800s, when Thomas Condon, one of the university’s first three faculty members, created an extensive study collection of fossils. The Condon Collection is still here, and has been joined by hundreds of thousands of ethnographic and archaeological objects, fossils, and biological specimens to form Oregon’s primary repository for publicly owned collections. Explore Oregon, a new, permanent exhibition representing 300 million years of Northwest natural history, offers a fun and educational experience for children and adults alike.
Right next door to the Schnitzer art museum, Knight Library is a place where you can find lots more than just books. Throughout the year, a series of rotating exhibitions are on display at the library, highlighting historical and topical events, areas of academic research, and rare materials from the Special Collections and University Archives.
Other libraries on campus include the Allan Price Science Commons (PSC) and Research Library (pop into PSC and check out the screen in the Visualization Lab-at 48 million pixels, it’s the biggest in Oregon), the Architecture and Allied Arts Library, the John E. Jaqua Law Library, and the Mathematics Library.
LaVerne Krause Gallery
Named for a beloved UO painting and printmaking teacher who was a staunch advocate for student exhibition opportunities, this gallery features new exhibitions each week of works by students in the College of Design. The space is located in Lawrence Hall, where most art classes take place, and is open Mondays through Fridays during fall, winter, and spring terms.
If you want to see more art around town, check out the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Eugene, where you can take a guided tour or explore on your own beginning at 5:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, year round. Visit lanearts.org/first-friday-artwalk or call 541-485-2278 for details.