Create time and space for art as you shelter in place

May 18, 2020 - 12:13pm

May is Mental Health Month, and as communities continue to shelter in place, online arts-based events have provided a lifeline for many hoping to recreate a semblance of normal.

For instance, this month the Duck Nest is hosting a mental well-being virtual art show that will showcase various artwork people have created at home. For those interested in creating their own art, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offers online art lessons. And if you’re in need of some soothing background music to help get the creative juices flowing look no further than KWAX and KWVA, two UO radio stations offering a variety of musical genres from punk to classical.


To raise awareness and reflect on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duck Nest is seeking submissions from artists for its Mental Wellbeing Art Show 2020, “Art in Isolation.” Share your artwork — painting, photography, sculpture, music, spoken word, acting or dancing — by Friday, May 22, and win prizes. All skill levels and multiple submissions are welcome.

A work by Portland artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has recently released JSMA Creates, featuring object-based art lessons to do at home based on works from the museum’s collections and Masterworks on Loan program. Developed by the museum’s education department, the lessons are designed for artists and kids of all ages and skill levels. Instructions are available as downloadable PDFs and in video format. Lesson 1: “Your Room, Your Space,” based on “Modern Room” by Roy Lichtenstein.

Join the Center for Art Research on Instagram Live for CFAR Live: Inside with Jessica Segall on May 22 at noon. A multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, Segall’s imaginative work is exhibited internationally. On May 29 at noon, Portland artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins, whose works explore intimate engagement with materiality and form, will be on hand for a CFAR Live inside visit.


Follow the UO’s Pocket Playhouse on Instagram for trivia challenges every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Repost your answer each day for a chance to win a drink from Dutch Bros. Coffee.


The Eugene Symphony’s remote concerts will continue on KWAX Classical Oregon throughout the coming months. Music director and conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong also will continue to update Facebook Watch Parties with his favorite performances.

Campus Radio KWVA-FM hosts shows featuring a variety of musical genres and subgenres. Livestream in your browser or download the KWVA stream and listen in iTunes.


The Department of Cinema Studies is hosting several remote events for the fifth annual Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Lecture Series, featuring award-winning producer Ryan Zacarias, including “The Art of Producing,” 'Bull' movie poster when assistant professor Daniel Gomez Steinhard interviews Zacarias about how he became involved in producing, how he chooses projects and how he collaborates with directors.

May 26-28 catch a video-on-demand screening of Annie Silverstein’s debut feature “Bull,” produced by Zacarias. “Bull” is the story of a delinquent 14-year-old girl who forges a bond with an ex-bull rider and develops a passion for the dangerous sport. The screening is free to the first 300 viewers who register for a viewing code. The code may be activated for 72 hours from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 28.

On May 28, Join a livestream interactive Q&A talk with director Annie Silverstein and producer Ryan Zacarias at 4 p.m.

Museum of Natural and cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History has added two collections to its online galleries. The East Burma Collection features historic photographs and objects from the Chin Hills of southwestern Myanmar, Artifacts from the East Burma Collection and “Mission” Style Baskets is a collection of Native American baskets from the Southern California region.

Tune in to the museum’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. May 21 for a virtual evening talk, “Lessons Learned: The 40th Anniversary of the Eruption of Mount St. Helens” and join in the Q&A with Ruby McConnell, author of “Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of a Life” and “A Woman’s Guide to the Wild,” as she revisits this chapter in Pacific Northwest history. If you miss it live, you can always catch the video on the museum’s YouTube channel.

Don’t forget to explore the “Museum from Home” page and enjoy the museum remotely. New activities are posted each week.

Streaming resources

Evidently people are using their time in isolation to learn more about music. In a survey conducted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 85 percent of the 2,135 people surveyed said they planned to discover new music, with nearly a third planning to learn more about orchestral music, opera and chamber music. Jump on the classical trend and visit Classic FM for an updated list of livestreaming concerts.

Get ready to make happy clouds! Every episode of Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” is now free to stream online. Whether you’re a budding artist or just want to listen to his soothing voice, all 31 seasons are now available.

Enjoy a selection of full-length films by Ken Burns through June 30, including “The Civil War,” “The Dust Bowl,” “The War,” “The Roosevelts,” “Jazz,” “College Behind Bars” and “The National Parks.”

Join the “Silent Comedy Watch Party,” a weekly livestreamed silent film show with piano accompaniment co-hosted by film historian Steve Massa and silent film accompanist Ben Model. Each episode presents three slapstick comedy shorts from the silent film era; Sundays at noon.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications