The Schneider Museum of Art, part of the Oregon Center for the Arts @ Southern Oregon University, is a vital force in the intellectual life of Southern Oregon University that promotes an understanding of the visual arts within a liberal arts education. Serving both an academic and community audience, it builds a challenging environment that engages with the visual arts through exhibitions and programs supporting interdisciplinary study, research, and discourse. Exhibitions are augmented with FREE Family Days and weekly Tuesday tours as well as other events that are listed on our website, under the tab Schneider Connects.
The Schneider Museum of Art is excited to present a new exhibition, Shapes of Curiosity, the SOU Creative Arts Faculty Exhibition curated by Kelly Worman to complement the Southern Oregon University Center for the Humanities 2016-2017 Campus Theme. Please join us on Thursday, January 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for a public opening reception of the exhibition.
Schneider Museum of Art Director Scott Malbaurn selected Kelly Worman, a curator based out of New York and London to develop the Shapes of Curiosity exhibition. Director Scott Malbaurn states, “It is a mission that we visit often, to improve our arts ecology by bringing artists and curators in for critical dialogue and to expose our talented artists here in Oregon to those beyond our borders. By bringing in Kelly Worman, our faculty get an opportunity to present their ideas visually and verbally to a curator who may want to work with them again in the future.”
Kelly Worman holds an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York, and an M.A. in Culture, Criticism, and Curation with distinction from Central Saint Martins in London. She has exhibited her work internationally and is included in an array of private collections. Recent exhibitions include Ortega 100 at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, NY and INsideOUTsideIN at IOTA Projects in New York, NY. Worman was featured in NY Arts Magazine as one of “30 Artists to Watch” in 2012. Recent curatorial projects include Land After Time at E. Tay Gallery in New York, NY and WYSIWYG? – (What you see is what you get?) a project in collaboration with South London Gallery, investigating the impact of the digital world on art and culture in the 21st century. Worman also writes and speaks extensively on the role of artist as curator, the artist as entrepreneurial model, and arts and economics at institutions internationally.
Curator Worman states that the exhibition “lives within the campus-wide theme, Shapes of Curiosity, which is quite appropriate. An insatiable curiosity is the driving force for dedicated educators and artists alike. The Creative Arts faculty is keenly aware of the importance of curiosity within artistic inquiry in the formulation of knowledge. Curiosity plays an important role in learning. In fact, they go hand-in-hand: it is the itch of wanting to know more or to understand, which inevitably uncovers what we think we know, or make us aware of what we do not know. This process leads to new ways of thinking and seeing.”
Featured Southern Oregon University Creative Arts faculty artists include:
Margaret L. Sjogren
Shapes of Curiosity, the SOU Creative Arts Faculty Exhibition was made possible through support from the Southern Oregon University Center for the Humanities. Participating artist Max Reinhardt created work during an artist residency funded in part by The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, Oregon.
Please join us and our Visiting Curator, Kelly Worman on Thursday, January 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for a public opening reception of Shapes of Curiosity. A special Members/Volunteers Preview Reception will be held that day at 4:00 PM. Platt-Anderson Cellars is generously donating and pouring wine for this reception, and free parking will be available behind the Museum and in the adjacent metered lot. The exhibition will be on view from Friday, January 27 through Saturday, March 11, 2017. Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Shapes of Curiosity will be augmented with FREE Family Days, featuring hands on arts activities on Saturdays, February 11 and March 11 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please join us for Tuesday Tours, drop in docent led tours of the exhibition held every Tuesday at 12:30 PM.