Schneider Museum of Art Celebrates 30 Years

June 2017

Schneider Museum of ArtThis year, the Schneider Museum of Art will celebrate 30 years of being a vital force in the cultural and intellectual life of Southern Oregon University (SOU), Ashland, and the region.

The Museum was founded in 1986 by Florence and William Schneider and a host of community supporters. It is the largest visual art museum between Sacramento and Eugene, offering exhibitions and programs of contemporary visual art that are challenging, engaging and thought-provoking.

This 30th anniversary year will kick off in mid-June with an exhibition of four highly-recognized artists: Tofer Chin, Amir H. Fallah, Ryan Schneider, and Liz Shepherd.

Director Scott Malbaurn is looking forward to the special anniversary exhibition. “We turned our sights south and into our backyard in choosing the four artists,” Malbaurn said. “Two are quickly emerging artists from Los Angeles, and one is from the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. The fourth artist lives and works in Ashland. Each artist works with an emphasis on drawing and painting, and each has his or her own distinct style.”

The exhibit will open with a special reception on Tuesday, June 13, and the works will be on view through September 9.

The Schneider Museum holds four major exhibitions each year and caters to a variety of audiences, with activities ranging from free artist, curator and scholarly lectures to free Family Days with hands-on activities, and free docent-led tours every Tuesday.

Malbaurn didn’t come to Southern Oregon with a plan to oversee the museum. He and his wife, Serena, were living in New York City, where Scott ran the undergraduate fine art program at Pratt Institute, independently curated exhibitions, and painted. But the sudden passing of Serena’s father in 2012 brought them here to help her mother.

During their time here, Scott taught a drawing course at SOU. The school asked him to serve as interim director of the Schneider Museum, then eventually he applied for and was hired for the position permanently

Under Scott’s leadership, the Museum has flourished, with nearly 14,000 visitors each year. “We are proud to be one of the economic, tourism and cultural destinations of Ashland,” he says.
He credits the museum’s many volunteers and members for its growth, and encourages everyone to visit, join and volunteer. “We are so grateful for the support we receive from the Ashland and Rogue Valley community. This academic year, we are celebrating 30 years of art. To celebrate, we are holding a 30th anniversary on Saturday, June 10, for more info, visit our website at sma.sou.edu.”

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