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Schneider Museum of Art Opens Summer Exhibition

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For immediate release: June 8, 2022
For further information, contact:
Scott Malbaurn – Executive Director, Schneider Museum of Art
Direct: (541) 552-8484 | Email: malbaurns@sou.edu
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(Above) Warren Dykeman, So What, 2020, Acrylic on paper
, 60 x 48 inches, Courtesy of the artist and studio e, Seattle
Schneider Museum of Art Opens Summer Exhibition
Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds
from the Pacific Northwest
(Ashland, OR) — Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) reopens Thursday, June 16 at 5 p.m. with a new exhibition titled Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific NorthwestThe Pacific Northwest is home to a unique artistic ecosystem involving craft traditions, pre-industrial cultures, and Indigenous and settler histories. Like folk art, the exhibition features handmade works that are unpretentious, and often blur the line between functionality and aesthetics. Artisanal woven baskets and tooled-wood objects mix with works that are makeshift, improvisational, and often employ salvaged materials. For the artists—patchwork quilters and abstract painters alike—a rural and working-class ethos of passed down knowledge and making do with what you have are as foundational as academics and studio technique.
The exhibition features an intergenerational array of 17 notable artists from throughout the region including Marita Dingus, Warren Dykeman, Joe Feddersen, Blair Saxon-Hill, Sky Hopinka, Jeffry Mitchell, and Cappy Thompson. A playlist of Indie Folk music selected by Portland’s Mississippi Records, a record label and shop, will accompany the exhibition, filling the galleries with the sound of the Pacific Northwest.

Along with her ongoing work as an independent curator and writer, Feldman held positions for the last several years as distinguished visiting faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, and director of the Neddy Artist Awards. Feldman has been a frequent contributor to Art in America and Frieze among other international publications and has taught at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Goldsmith’s College, London.

An opening reception will take place Thursday, June 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Curator Melissa Feldman and artists Jeffry Mitchell, Blair Saxon-Hill, and Cappy Thompson will be in attendance. Music in the Museum’s courtyard will be provided by Cray Ry a post pandemic Southern Oregon Country Blues Folk band featuring Mason Alexander on fiddle, Simon Chrisman on standup bass and hammer dulcimer, SOU Faculty member Craig Wright on vocals and guitar. This reception is free and open to the public. The Museum will be closed on Saturday, June 18 for a private event.
This exhibition debuted at the WSU Schnitzer Museum, and then will travel to the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon and the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington.
Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU and guest curated by Melissa E. Feldman. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment, the Mildred S. Bissinger Endowment, Patrick and Elizabeth Siler, Nancy Spitzer, and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.
Masterworks on Loan will also be on display in the Entry Gallery. Museum hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
Schneider Museum of Art presents: Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest
Free, and open to the public. Suggested $5 donation.

Exhibition on view: June 17 – August 13, 2022; Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 16, 2022 5 to 7 p.m.
The Museum will be closed on Saturday, June 18 for a private event.
Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University
555 Indiana Street | Ashland, OR 97520
Free one hour parking is available directly behind the Museum.
Phone: (541) 552-6245 | Online: sma.sou.edu | Email: sma@sou.edu

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About the Schneider Museum of Art
The Schneider Museum of Art is a vital force that stimulates inspiration and curiosity through engagement with living artists. Serving both an academic community and global audiences, the Museum creates a diverse and accessible environment by curating innovative exhibitions, imaginative programming, a distinguished collection, lively discourse and learning. Visit sma.sou.edu.
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