SOU Art students exhibit Japanese art and cultural items at EP Library

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Working under the watchful eyes of SOU instructor and Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) registrar Stephen Frazier, five dedicated art students (Lena Freeman, Amanda Hoevet, Amanda Siler, Christine Silva and Aimee Weaver) volunteered their time this summer to research, design and install an outreach exhibit drawn from materials in the SMA Collection. Their show of Japanese cultural items is on display at the Eagle Point Library through the end of October. A Samurai warrior keeps close guard on everything.

“This is the pilot project for a new program being devised as a way to make the SMA Collection come alive and serve the citizens in our region,” says SMA Director Michael Crane. “Small to medium-sized custom exhibits will be making their way to schools, libraries, community centers and businesses throughout the year.” An SOU President’s Mini-Grant funded the inaugural project.

“By including SOU students in this project, it has become a win-win-win situation,” says Crane. “Our learners really wanted a hands-on, curatorial experience that they can apply to their own art presentations or to explore making this kind of work a career. Plus the museum gets a big assist in interpreting and making it’s collection accessible and audiences of all ages at the library get an opportunity to examine cool artifacts from another time and place.”

The Eagle Point Library is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10-4 and Thursday, 12-6 p.m.

For more information about the project, to join the SMA email list or to request participation, contact SMA Director Michael Crane at cranem@sou.edu or 541-552-6245.

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