Celebrating Sixty-Five Years of Artmaking by Betty LaDuke at the Schneider Museum of Art

Betty LaDuke in her studio.

Betty LaDuke in her studio.

(Ashland, OR) – Join the Schneider Museum of Art in celebrating Betty LaDuke’s life of making art – sixty-five years of creating drawings, paintings, and sculptures that embrace cultural understanding throughout the globe. Betty LaDuke will be honored at the opening reception of her exhibition, Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life onThursday, June 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. At the opening, patrons will have the opportunity to meet LaDuke and sample delights from Inti Latin Soul Cantina and Restaurant and Panaderia Del Pueblo Mexican Bakery.

South Stage Cellars is generously donating and pouring wine at the event. The festivities will be enlivened with music by the Rhythm Kings.

SMA_LaDuke_OregonBeanHarvest SMA_LaDuke_Jason SMA_LaDuke_DreamingCows SMA_LaDuke_AftertheRainBetty LaDuke, an artist and Professor Emeritus at Southern Oregon University, has had a remarkable career traveling and sketching images of rural life across the world. She has received numerous awards for her work and has exhibited throughout the United States.  LaDuke states that her “sketches, prints, acrylic paintings, and shaped wood panels often embrace the following themes: spiritual traditions that connect us to our past, present, and future; honoring the earth—plowing, planting, and harvesting; peace that brings an end to conflict and war; and transitions that recognize our life cycle from birth to bonding to ultimately letting go.”

Schneider Museum Acting Director Erika Leppmann wrote in the preface to the publication accompanying Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life: “To view the work of sixty-five years spent making art is both a humbling and inspiring experience.  As Betty LaDuke and I looked through stack after stack of drawings, then etchings, racks and racks of paintings, and then the work in progress in her studio, I was overcome by the energy, industry, and passion evident in the work and the artist.”

Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life will be on view at the Schneider Museum from Friday, June 28 through Saturday, September 14 during the Museum’s regular hours of 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Mondays through Saturdays.

A Maypole, a Hanging Tree, a Boundary Marker, Lecture by Daniel Duford,

Schneider Museum of Art Curator and Artist-In-Residence

Ashland, OR – The Schneider Museum of Art is presenting A Maypole, a Hanging Tree, a Boundary Marker, a lecture by Daniel Duford, on Thursday, May 9, at 5:30 PM in the Meese Auditorium at the Center for the Visual Arts on the Southern Oregon University (SOU) campus. The Museum will be open at 5:00 – a half hour before the lecture on May 9. Continue reading

SOU’s Schneider Museum Receives $36,000 Grant from the Ford Family Foundation

(Ashland, Ore.) – The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program has awarded the Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) a $36,000 grant to implement the Southern Oregon Site (ART) Project.

Working in concert with the Southern Oregon University Art department, the SMA will invite six mid-career Oregon artists to create new work, made in response to ‘site’, which will be shown in six, one-person museum gallery (or outside courtyard) shows between September 2013 and June 2014. Six Oregon writers will be invited to produce one essay each on one of the artists and their new work.

SOU student artists will assist in the installation and/or construction of the work/shows.  Chosen artists will visit Ashland during May and June 2013, and will then return home to develop ideas for this ‘site.’ The SMA and art department see the Southern Oregon Site (ART) Project as a prototype for an annual new works program at SOU.

“The Schneider Museum of Art is grateful for the generous support of the Ford Family Foundation,” says  Schneider Museum of Art Acting Director Erika Leppmann.  “The Southern Oregon Site (ART) Project award is the second grant given to the Schneider Museum of Art by the Ford Family Foundation in the last two years.”

The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford.  Its mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene.

Friday Interpretive Performance by Trumpeter and Electronic Musician David Bithell at the Schneider Museum of Art

(Ashland, OR) – The Schneider Museum of Art is presenting a performance by David Bithell, Associate Professor of Digital Art at Southern Oregon University, on Friday, April 5 at 11:00 AM. Bithell, a trumpeter and electronic musician, will engage in an interpretive performance of The Metaphysics of Notation, the exhibition of Mark Applebaum’s visually complex and engaging pictographic musical scores, which is on view in the Museum’s Heiter Gallery through April 27, 2013.

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Fighting Men and Sculpting Woman – Two New Exhibitions

(Ashland, OR) – The Schneider Museum of Art is holding an opening reception for two new exhibitions on Thursday, April 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. In the main galleries, the Museum is presenting Fighting Men: Golub, Voulkos, Kirby, featuring the paintings of Leon Golub, prints and ceramics by Peter Voulkos, and superhero comics by the illustrator who was at the forefront of this genre, Jack Kirby. Opening in the Museum’s Treehaven Gallery will be Recent Work by Vanessa Calvert, featuring sculptural work created during the artist’s month-long residency at Southern Oregon University. Continue reading

Electro/Acoustic Performance at the Schneider Museum of Art this Friday

(Ashland, OR) – The Schneider Museum of Art is presenting a performance by the electro/acoustic duo Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard this Friday, March 22 at 11:00 AM. Barton and Bayard will engage in an interpretive performance of The Metaphysics of Notation, the exhibition of Mark Applebaum’s visually complex and engaging pictographic musical scores, which is on view in the Museum’s Heiter Gallery through April 27, 2013.

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SOU Schneider Museum of Art Receives Miller Foundation Grant

University Art Museum to Use Funds for Rural Outreach

(Ashland, Ore) The Southern Oregon University (SOU) Schneider Museum of Art has received a $15,000 dollar grant from the Miller Foundation in Portland Ore. to share its exhibits with outlying towns in Oregon.

“Our goal is to use the power of aesthetic experience to provide people with joy, an opportunity to contemplate social experience, and to promote community identity through shared responses to the exhibits,” says Michael Crane, Schneider Museum Director.  “We are also giving real-world experiences to our arts-management students who help run the program.”

Crane patterned the traveling show after an award-winning outreach program he created and ran for seven years at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  After piloting the exhibits in Eagle Point and the Rogue Valley Manor, the Schneider Museum has received requests for shows in Ashland, Jacksonville, Klamath Falls, Medford, Rogue River, Ruch and the Umpqua Valley.

“This generous grant will allow families all over Oregon to experience and explore the incredible exhibits of the Schneider Museum,” says Sylvia Kelley, VP for Development and Executive Director of the SOU Foundation.  “We strongly believe this program embodies SOU’s commitment to serving our surrounding communities.”

For more information on the outreach program contact the Schneider Museum of Art at 541-552-6245.