JORDAN SCHNITZER Museum of Art at Washington State University
With the planning stage completed, Washington State University hosted a free, public launch party to dedicate the site of the $15 million Museum of Art expansion.
“The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art that we envision – an architectural beacon in the heart of campus – will complete the picture of a great university and provide a unique window into what it means to be a citizen of the world,” said Elson S. Floyd, late WSU president, about the new facility.
The project will break ground in November and is scheduled for completion in spring 2018. A gift of $5 million from Portland philanthropist and art collector Jordan Schnitzer – for whom the museum will be named – has provided nearly half of the $11 million to be raised from private sources. WSU will provide $4 million.
“Every person, especially young people, must have the opportunity to experience the arts as part of their lives,” Schnitzer said. “What better place to help further that goal than our college campuses.”
To give to the building campaign, please visit https://secure.wsu.edu/give/default.aspx?fund=2035.
The expansion will more than double the museum’s size, with 10,000 square feet of space in six galleries and 6,500 square feet of office and support space. Jim Olson, founder of the award-winning Seattle firm Olson-Kundig, is the lead architect.
“One thing a young person needs more than anything else is creativity, flexibility, open-mindedness to all the possibilities in the world,” Olson said about the museum.
The crimson glass exterior of the building will reflect everything around it, providing a stunning visual symbol of the idea that art reflects society. A glass pavilion opening onto Terrell Mall will serve as the lobby and experimental gallery.
Learn more about the plans at https://museum.wsu.edu/new/wp-content/uploads/sites/875/2015/07/WSU_MoA_booklet_reference_only.pdf.
The museum permanent collection includes approximately 3,500 works. Among the most important are American paintings from the “Ash Can” School of the 1920s-30s; Goya’s “Los Disparates” print portfolio; 174 original photographs and prints by Andy Warhol; 201 works on paper by Jim Dine; a comprehensive collection of Northwest glass; and a recent gift of 39 works by Northwest artists from the Safeco collection.
Renderings of the new Museum of Art at WSU by architect Olson Kundig, 2016.
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Inauguration of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU. Photo Credit: Robert Hubner // WSU Photography Services
JORDAN D. SCHNITZER AWARDED HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF FINE ARTS
Nearly 800 students and 3,000 friends and family members gathered at Washington State University‘s Beasley Coliseum on Saturday, December 13th, for the University’s fall commencement ceremony where philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer was the featured speaker. Mr. Schnitzer was also presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.
“Mr. Schnitzer’s contributions to WSU have laid the foundation for making the dream of a new Museum of Art a reality,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “We thank him for that. He believes that all people must have the opportunity to experience the arts as a part of living fabric of our daily lives. His contributions create a positive impact on all of us, and will continue to do so in the future.”
2014 Washington State University Fall Commencement on Dec. 13, 2014, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. Photo credit: Dean Hare.