The Schneider Museum of Art Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Ryan Schneider Howl 2016 Oil on canvas

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Schneider Museum of Art is presenting solo exhibitions of four artists who have achieved high recognition in the art world: Tofer Chin, Amir H. Fallah, Ryan Schneider, and Liz Shepherd. The public is invited to a special opening reception on Tuesday, June 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, and the exhibition will be on view through September 9, 2017.

The Museum is excited to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a sold-out crowd of supporters at the Gala Celebration: The Schneider Museum of Art at 30 Years to be held Saturday, June 10. Founded in 1986 by visionaries Florence and William Schneider and a wealth of community supporters, the Museum has since grown to have a significant impact on the contemporary arts scene in the region, as well as providing arts education to school groups throughout Oregon and Northern California. To support the gala fundraising effort, contact the Museum to purchase drawing tickets for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace in a unique setting, designed by CMD Designs specifically for the Museum’s pearl anniversary.

Museum Director Scott Malbaurn selected work by artists who have achieved acclaim in the art world to be on view this summer to be the highlight of the celebrations. “We turned our sights south and once again into our backyard for selecting the four artists for our four solo exhibitions this summer. Two are quickly emerging artists from Los Angeles and one from the desert of California adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. The fourth artist lives and works in Ashland, OR. Each artist works predominantly two-dimensionally with an emphasis on drawing and painting and each have their own distinct style,” stated Malbaurn. The four solo exhibitions on view are:

Tofer Chin – 8
Tofer Chin is a Los Angeles, CA based artist who has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including in Australia, Germany, Spain, Brazil, China and the United States. Chin states that he takes his inspiration from “the built environment, natural or manmade” to create “geometric paintings, sculptures, and photographs that interpret observations of urban and geological landscapes.” Having produced public commissions internationally in Brazil, Nicaragua, Japan and the United States, Chin’s solo exhibition will include large-scale murals in the Museum.

Amir H. Fallah – Unknown Voyage
Amir H. Fallah is a Los Angeles, CA artist who has exhibited widely in exhibitions across the United States and internationally. Fallah’s artistic oeuvre encompasses painting, photography, sculpture, and installation combined with a visual vocabulary that includes collage and complex patterning. His practice presents an alternative perspective to entrenched art historical portraiture traditions and the dynamics of modern-day art collection and art making, and in creating Unknown Voyage, Fallah’s inspiration came from Henri Rousseau.

Ryan Schneider – Mohave Masks
Ryan Schneider, a painter that relocated to Joshua Tree, CA from New York, NY, has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at Taymour Grahne, New York, NY, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and Two Rams, New York. Taking inspiration from his new environment of the Southern California’s Mojave Desert, Schneider “honors this parched desert’s pneuma in the exhibition’s mystical revelry of regionally specific imagery” (writer Trinie Dalton).

Liz Shepherd: East-West: Two Streams Merging
Liz Shepherd is an Ashland, OR based artist whose work has been exhibited at venues in the United Kingdom and the United States. Shepherd has studied extensively, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Camberwell School of Art, studying Japanese calligraphy for three years with Keiko Watanabe, and studying sumi-e, calligraphy, ikebana, and tea ceremonies for twenty years with Shozo Sato. Her works make use of ambient space to convey stillness and silence, while also displaying a mastery of technique and material.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for a special opening reception. The Summer exhibitions are on view from Wednesday, June 14 through Saturday, September 9, 2017. Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The exhibitions will be complemented with published essays of the work by writers Tofer Chin, Trinie Dalton, Lindsay Preston Zappas, and Dante Fumagalli.

Please see the Museum website, sma.sou.edu for additional programs such as First Fridays, FREE Family Days and Tuesday Tours, drop in docent-led tours of the exhibition held every Tuesday at 12:30 PM. The Schneider Museum of Art’s summer exhibitions are generously supported by a donation from Judy Shih and Joel Axelrod.