EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The University of Oregon has put an end to weekly sessions where community artists can sketch nude models.
An administrator says the free Saturday sessions have drawn increasing attention, and the school can’t afford to pay for more security in an “unstructured and un-monitored environment.”
Eugene Register-Guard reports that school officials have declined to say more about the decision.
A leader of what’s known as the Saturday Figure Drawing Group describes the sessions as calm and quiet, so it’s not clear why there’s a concern about safety. The group’s sessions have been held since the mid-1990s.
The school has classes with nude models, but those are for enrolled students and not open to the general public.