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Schneider Museum of Art to Open Exhibition

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For immediate release: July 22, 2020

For further information, contact:
Scott Malbaurn - Director, Schneider Museum of Art
Direct: (541) 552-8484 | Email:

Photos and Captions Download:
SUPERFLEX, still from the digital video, Kwassa Kwassa, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by Beaufort Beyond Borders 2015 and Marrakech Biennale 6. Support by the Danish Art Council. 

SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art Presents:
Migrating Bodies: For(Saking) Life, Liberty,
and The Pursuit Of Happiness

Opening Thursday, August 6th for In-Person Viewing

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum of Art is announcing its reopening and the opening of their latest exhibition Migrating Bodies: For(Saking) Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit of Happiness on view at the Schneider Museum of Art August 6 – October 10, 2020. This exhibition presents work by five artists or artist collectives that address global migration, its causes and effects.  Co-curated by Jill Hartz, former executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Scott Malbaurn, director of the Schneider Museum of Art, and Richard Herskowitz, artistic and executive director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF), the exhibition had originally been planned to open this past spring running in conjunction with the AIFF but had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exhibition will explore the themes of displacement and migration. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends Report, released in June 2019, nearly 70.8 million people were displaced at the end of 2018. The causes of displacement and migration – war and violence, famine, climate change, and economy– indeed, the struggle to survive and have a better life, seem unending and are, if anything growing more dire, even as many world leaders see refugees and immigrants as threats to their cultures and pawns in their political strategies. The artists in Migrating Bodies address the subject from both personal and historical perspectives.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection and Masterworks on Loan will also be on display in the Entry Gallery. Due to COVID-19 state regulations, there will be no opening reception. The Museum will be open to limited days and hours to accommodate extra cleaning and University custodial staff furlough on Fridays.  Museum hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

What: Schneider Museum of Art presents: Migrating Bodies: For(Saking) Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

When: Due to COVID-19 Phase II reopening rules, there will be no opening reception.

Exhibition on view: August 6 through October 10, 2020

Where: Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University

555 Indiana Street

Ashland, OR 97520

Info: Schneider Museum of Art, (541) 552-6245,

Free and open to the public.

Social media: Facebook: SchneiderMuseumofArt, Twitter: @SchneiderMoA, Instagram: SchneiderMoA

Know before you go. COVID-19 Phase II Guidelines

  • Hours of availability are limited to accommodate extra cleaning and University custodial furlough on Fridays.
    • The Museum is open Tuesday and *Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. (Wednesdays 10am – 12pm is designated time for people with health risks)
  • Visitors are required to wear facemasks.
  • Visitors will be asked to use our complementary hand sanitizer before entering the museum.
  • Visitors will be asked to follow our pathways for visitor flow which includes separate doors for entry and exit.
  • Visitors will be asked to maintain safe distancing of 6 feet.
  • Museum seating has been removed, yet we can provide an individual folding chair if needed.
  • No groups larger than 10 permitted.


About the Schneider Museum of Art
The Schneider Museum of Art, part of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, is a vital force in the intellectual life of SOU that promotes an understanding of the visual arts within a liberal arts education. Serving both an academic and community audience, it builds a challenging environment that engages with the visual arts through exhibitions and programs supporting interdisciplinary study, research and discourse. Visit

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