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“Art of the Athlete” Opening Night

EUGENE, Ore. — University of Oregon athletes are suiting up for a different type of exhibition Wednesday night.

They’re usually hustling down the court or across the field, but during winter term student athletes took a break to create art.

Now it’s on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Some even took a break from the sports they play to focus on a different one, but all say they took effort usually dedicated for game time and channeled it into their art.

“We were blown away. There’s a lot of surprises. I mean, who knew that Kenjon Barner was such a creative soul. We were impressed with not only the quality of the work, but the stories that came out,” said UO Director of Education Lisa Abia-Smith.

And if for some reason you’re left with questions, there is a guide-by-cell option. You can call and listen to the athlete describe their creative process.

Organizers expect this exhibit to break the ice and show the community that any type of person can gain something from creating and viewing art.

Athletes will be at the museum Wednesday, May 30 until 7 p.m.

The Art of the Athlete exhibit will last all the way through summer until September 30.

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