UO’s Free First Friday of 2014 on Jan. 3

One campus, two museums, free admission!

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offer free admission the first Friday of the month. This Friday, January 3, is your chance to take part in the first Friday of the new year to enjoy current exhibits and exclusive collections.

Current exhibits are as follows:

Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson

Take a “road trip” through the American West to discover the fossils in our midst and the stories they tell about evolution, extinction, and life on earth! This exhibit combines fossils from the museum’s collection with the whimsical works of celebrated artist Ray Troll. The featured prints and murals – on loan from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington – were created for the book Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway, co-authored by Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson.

Site Seeing: Snapshots of Historical Archaeology in Oregon

From a nineteenth-century working-class family in Portland to a Chinese mining community in Jacksonville, this exhibit tells the stories of five historical sites recently excavated by museum archaeologists.

Oregon – Where Past is Present

Experience 15,000 years of Northwest cultural history and 200 million years of geology. Realistic environmental displays portray four geographic regions of Oregon, each a different time in history and a different season of the year.

Masterworks on Loan

The JSMA’s Masterworks on Loan program presents exciting works by important, internationally recognized artists and artworks from around the world, borrowed from private holdings. The JSMA invites private collectors to share their masterworks with our constituents.

Transatlanticism

This exhibition focuses on Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies, featuring works by such important modern and contemporary masters as Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002), Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), and Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991), among others.

Ave Maria: Marian Devotional Works from Eastern and Western Christendom – See more at: http://jsma.uoregon.edu/AveMaria#sthash.bzrlOX4W.dpuf

The Virgin Mary has been venerated in art and visual culture since the late Middle Ages throughout Christian Europe. Featuring both painted panels and ivories, from the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Yugoslavia and Greece, this new exhibition in the McKenzie Gallery explores a variety of symbolic representations of Mary and iconic scenes from her life.

Begin 2014 with the opportunity to observe, learn and appreciate these exhibits – and more – all at no cost to you!

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) is located at 1680 W. 15th Ave in Eugene. For more information, call (541) 346-3024.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located at 1430 Johnson Lane in Eugene. For information, call (541) 346-3027.

Doors are open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday at both locations.