Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opens “New Art Northwest Kids” exhibition

Language Arts is the theme for the sixth annual “New Art Northwest Kids” exhibition, on view until June 2 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

More than 40 works submitted by area K-12 students will be on view in the Education Corridor Galleries.

The exhibition explores the integration of writing and visual art, inspired by the Schnitzer museum's previous shows, “Lesley Dill’s Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan,” and “Good Grief: A Selection of Original Art from Fifty Years of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts.”

Students submitted more than 200 works that were juried by museum staff. Twelve area elementary and high schools, including public, private and home schools, are represented in the show.

The museum solicits involvement from teachers across the region and state that are using the visual arts in their curricula.

Oak Hill School’s Diane Hill says this year's art and literature theme provided a “perfect avenue” for fourth- and sixth-grade students to visually interpret haiku poems they wrote. “We published the works in a book and we are honored to have had four paintings from these classes chosen for the 2013 exhibition,” she says.

The exhibition is one of many education programs the Schnitzer museum conducts throughout the year for teachers, families and K–12 students. The museum strives to find connections between its special exhibitions and classrooms.

“New Art Northwest Kids” is made possible by the Cheryl and Allyn Ford Endowment for Education and Outreach and an anonymous donor.

- from UO's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art