Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

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University of Oregon Museum of Art
UO JSMA MainEntrance.jpg
JSMA main entrance
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located in Oregon
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Location 1430 Johnson Lane,
Eugene, Oregon
Coordinates 44°2′39″N 123°4′38″W / 44.04417°N 123.07722°W / 44.04417; -123.07722Coordinates: 44°2′39″N 123°4′38″W / 44.04417°N 123.07722°W / 44.04417; -123.07722
Built 1930
Architect Ellis F. Lawrence
Governing body University of Oregon
NRHP Reference # 86001224
Added to NRHP June 5, 1986

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is an art museum located on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. The original building was designed by Ellis F. Lawrence as part of his "main university quadrangle," now known as the Memorial Quadrangle. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.[1]


The University of Oregon’s art museum opened its doors to the public in 1933. Designed by Ellis F. Lawrence, UO dean of Architecture & Allied Arts at the time, the museum was built to house the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art—more than 3,700 works of art given to the university by Gertrude Bass Warner.

The only academic museum in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the JSMA hosts exhibitions and houses collections of historic and contemporary art. It manages research and educational programs and publishes resources in support the university’s academic mission, including outreach initiatives to serve the diverse interests of off-campus communities. The JSMA’s standing galleries present from its holdings of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and American art. Special exhibition galleries display curated artwork both from these permanent collections and outside collections, representing cultures across the globe, past and present. It aims to provide an atmosphere of discovery -- the JSMA mission statement includes this guiding principle: "We recognize our visitors’ different learning styles and the needs of a multigenerational and diverse audience".[2]

A major museum expansion took place from 2002-2005.[3]

According to the University Development office, a new visitor pavilion will be created in the near future if funding is available.[4]


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art enhances the University of Oregon’s academic mission and furthers the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.


The buildings contains three prominent quotations on its main, west-facing facade. Above the door, there is a quotation from Proverbs, near the south end of the facade there is a passage from Plato, and on the north part a quotation from Lao Tzu.

Detail of the passage by Plato inscribed on the west facade.

In addition, the cornerstone contains a passage from Psalms.


  1. ^ List of Accredited Museums. American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "JSMA Mission Statement". University of Oregon. 
  3. ^ "JSMA History". University of Oregon. 
  4. ^ "Campaign Priorities". UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 

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