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www.smallmarketmeetings.com Meeting Ideas 18 Courtesy Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art A courtyard at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art showcases sculpture, horticulture and architecture. Evening event rentals are more popular because "you're actually renting the entire museum," Pavlopoulos said. Groups often start with a cocktail hour in the Winter Garden, the Anderson Lobby or the Historic Court, then move into the auditorium for a presentation. After that, they return to the Winter Garden for coffee and dessert, or a seated dinner for up to 180 people. And, of course, guests can explore the museum's exhibits. "The gallery time that's built into an event is an added bonus," she said. "It's an incredi- ble incentive that you don't get anywhere in the area." The museum can also incorporate a guided tour or a hands-on art activity into any facil- ity rental. During the Out of the Box tour, docents use "visual thinking strategies" to engage guests. Instead of basically lecturing visitors about the artwork, the docent will ask the group questions about various pieces, such as what do they think the artist intended. "There's no right or wrong answer," she said. "It's a lot more free-form and less intimidat- ing, and gets those creative juices flowing." www.currier.org Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Eugene, Oregon The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art was established nearly 85 years ago with the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art. So it's no surprise the muse- um is best known for its collection featuring more than 3,700 works from Japan, China and Korea. But the museum also houses an exten- sive collection of art from the Americas and Europe, as well as a strong Pacific Northwest collection, said communications manager Debbie Williamson-Smith. With its intricate exterior brickwork and hidden interior courtyards, the building itself is a treat. The university's dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts designed the building, which opened its door in 1933 and is now a designated National Historic Landmark. Two halls serve as the museum's primary event space, and both have attached court- yards. Large windows in the 1,800-square- foot Susie Papé Reception Hall flood the room with natural light and views of the formal landscaping in the adjoining South Courtyard. The 1,800-square-foot Cheryl Ramberg Lecture Hall, which has the attached North Courtyard, is better suited for presentations and films. Often, a group will meet in one hall and have lunch or dinner in the other, she said. The Prince Lucien Campbell Memorial Courtyard is a "remarkable interior open-air courtyard, which is one of our most iconic locations," Williamson-Smith said. The court- yard, with column-lined corridors and a tiled reflecting pool, is also a great space for group photos and displays. Groups can arrange guided tours — the ZZZYLVLWHQJKDPLOFRP