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"Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art" opens at the Schneider Museum of Art

 Posted: 11:10 AM January 09, 2014

We all have our concepts of home, whether they're physical and concrete or abstract. "Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art," a new exhibit at the Schneider Museum of Art, showcases how 28 artists perceive home.

Using a variety of media — photography, painting, sculpture and video — these artists have deconstructed and reassembled their views of what home means to them. From Hannah Chalew's mixed media representations of the abandoned structures in her hometown of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, to San Francisco photographer Ari Soloman's pictures of his great-aunt's apartment, the exhibit challenges view of home.

The result is engaging art that invites us to rethink our notions about the places we live.

If you go

What: "Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art"

When: Opens Friday, Jan. 10, and runs through March 8

Where: Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland

Cost: Free; suggested donation of $5

Call: 541-552-6245

"The idea of 'home' has been a compelling issue for artists in the past decade for numerous reasons, including geo-political strife, worldwide economic decline and changing definitions of family," says Erika Leppman, Schneider director.

Leppman brought the exhibit to the Schneider from its original home at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Calif., where it received rave reviews.

The Schneider Museum of Art is on the south end of Southern Oregon University's Campus, on the corner of Indiana Street and Siskiyou Boulevard.

The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 10, and runs through March 8. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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