Exhibits and Programs

Upcoming Exhibits and Programs

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Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018—Friday, April 13, 2018

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 5:00—6:30 PM |1315 Prairie Street

More than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints will be on view in “Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” a major retrospective exhibition organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) at the University of Oregon.

Bartow, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary Native American artists, was born in Newport, Oregon, in 1946 and in 2016, died from congestive heart failure. He was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with the Siletz community.   He graduated in 1969 from Western Oregon University with a degree in secondary arts education and served in the Vietnam War (1969-71).  His work is permanently held in more than 60 public institutions in the U.S., including Yale University Art Gallery, CT; Brooklyn Museum, NY; and Peabody Essex Museum, MA. He has had 35 solo museum exhibitions and his art has been referenced in over 250 books, catalogs, and articles.

In 2012, commissioned by The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Bartow created “We Were Always Here,” a monumental pair of sculptures, over 20 feet high, which was installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. 

Personal experiences, literature, and art from around the globe informed Bartow's art.   Throughout his career, he consistently explored self-portraiture and animal imagery, often blurring the lines between the two; many describe his work as transformational and visual storytelling.

*This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Register here.

 Danielle Knapp Headshot

Curator's Lecture: “The Work is the Blessing: Why We Shouldn’t Explain Rick Bartow,” immediately following reception | 6:45 PM | Tapper Recital Hall

Curator Danielle Knapp is the McCosh Associate Curator at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. She is the co-curator with director Jill Hartz of the exhibition Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain. She will be speaking about the joys and challenges of working with the artist on this 40 year retrospective exhibition as well as her insights into this important Native American (Wiyot) artist. Now nearly two years since his death, it is more important than ever to look to his artwork for an understanding of his life, his talent, and his stories.

*This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Register here.

Panel Discussion: “Transformation: The Narrative in Rick Bartow’s Art” | April 4, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Tapper Recital Hall

Join moderator Meg Bero, Director, Schingoethe Center, and our
distinguished panel as they explore the art of Rick Bartow in

Jennifer Complo McNutt, Curator, the Eiteljorg Museum http://www.eiteljorg.org/
Rebecca Dobkins, Curator, Hallie Ford Museum https://willamette.edu/arts/hfma/
Chris Pappan (Kanza, Osage, Cheyenne River Sioux), artist http://chrispappan.com/about/
Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke), artist http://www.wendyredstar.com/bio

Ongoing Exhibits

Marlin Johnston Gallery

Pueblo Pottery: Forming Mother Earth

Pueblo Pottery Forming Mother Earth

Curated by students in the Spring 2017 Museum Exhibitions class

Native Peoples of Illinois


Visitors to the Schingoethe Center often ask, "Who lived right here before European contact?" The Center's award-winning display, "Native Peoples of Illinois," provides detailed historical information on the early inhabitants of Illinois.

Curated by Meg Bero, Director

It Was Only a New World to Columbus

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An exhibit featuring stone tools and a timeline of human history in the Americas as well as newly acquired Ancestral Puebloan pottery pieces.

Hill Welcome Center Lobby Cases

Counter Measure

Counter Measure

Fall 2017

Antique and contemporary instruments tell the story of science education at Aurora University, 1893–2017

Companion exhibit to Nathalie Miebach: Strange Weather

Curated by Drew Stone, Biology Major with Meg Bero, Director

A Place for Everything: Containers of Native America

Hummingbird Box

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Friday, April 28, 2017

Featuring selections from the Schingoethe Collection, this exhibit explores how factors like environment and lifestyle influence material culture in Native America - specifically containers like baskets and bags.

Curated by Laura Russman, Curator of Collections

They Called China Their Home: Treasures from Advent Christian Missionaries

Lobbycase 01

Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Curated by Meg Bero (Director), Laura Russman (Graduate Fellow), and Anna Pierce (Curatorial Assistant)

Pueblo Pottery: Selections from the Schingoethe Collection

Lobbycase 02

Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Curated by Meg Bero (Director), Laura Russman (Graduate Fellow), and Anna Pierce (Curatorial Assistant)

All That Glitters is Not Gold: Native American Jewelry from the Schingoethe Center

Lobbycase 03

Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Curated by Meg Bero (Director), Laura Russman (Graduate Fellow), and Anna Pierce (Curatorial Assistant)

Selection of Past Exhibits and Programs

Smithsonian Affiliation Announcement

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 6:45pm | Crimi Auditorium

Award Presenter: Harold Closter, Director of the Smithsonian Affiliations

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art of facts: Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer portrait

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - Friday, April 28, 2017

Dettmer continues his work with books as sculptural material and cultural object. In this show, he has redefined and reconsidered books in a new context to explore connections we have to objects and information of the past, and to consider solutions and consequences for the way we will obtain information in the future.

To learn more about Brian Dettmer, visit his website here.

WOVEN: The Art of Contemporary Native Weaving

Eye of the Storm

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Friday, December 16, 2016

Nineteen indigenous artists use non-traditional materials and motifs to give a new twist to traditional weaving, bringing the art form into the 21st century and expanding concepts of Native American art. The exhibit will include glass, baskets, wall hangings, and photographs.  An exhibit of the Schingoethe historic weaving collection will provide context.

Artists: Bernice Akamine | DY Begay | Brittany Britton | Berdina Charley | Kelly Church | Velma Kee Craig | Lola S. Cody | Carol Emarthle-Douglas | Joe Feddersen | Ka'ila Farrell-Smith | Pat Courtney Gold | Shan Goshorn | Marlowe Katoney | Joey Lavadour | Cherish Parrish | Sarah Sense | Lisa Telford | Gail Tremblay | Dawn Nichols Walden

Special thanks to the following who graciously loaned art to the exhibition: The Froelick Gallery | The Hallie Ford Museum of Art | The Heard Museum | Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts | Christel and Jurg Bieri | The Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art

A joint project of the Schingoethe Center and I.M.N.D.N. | Native Art for the 21st Century

Curated by Todd Clark (Wailaki) and Meg Bero

Guest Lecture: Kevin Gover

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 7:30pm in Crimi Auditorium

Kevin Gover (Pawnee) has been the Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) since 2007.

In his lecture, Gover will discuss the issues that Native American communities wrestle with every day and how museums, the National Museum of the American Indian in particular, rises to the occasion to challenge the public's perception of Natives and overcome long-standing beliefs and stereotypes.

Visit the NMAI website here.

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