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The University of Oregon Museum of Art: a bridge across the Pacific

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From the outset, the University of Oregon Museum of Art (UOMA), was a museum with a mission. Founded in 1932 as a study centre for Asian culture, it continues to play that role by providing a broad cultural understanding of Asian cultures through the study of the visual arts. These responsibilities have grown in recent years as the state of Oregon extends its social, cultural, and economic relations with Japan, the Republic of Korea, South-East Asia, Taiwan, and, most recently, the People’s Republic of China. David Robertson became director of the UOMA in 1996, having served as museum director at Loyola University in Chicago and, prior to that, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His museum career has been predominantly at academic museums, including the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology. He also worked at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Since coming to Oregon, he has reinvigorated the museum’s historical purpose of focusing upon the arts of the Pacific Rim and has established vital relations with sister institutions in Asia and throughout the United States for programme, collections, and exhibition exchange.
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Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: University of Oregon Museum of Art, USA

Publication date: April 1, 2000

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