In the first issue of Artists on Art Magazine, Andrew Webster shares an interview with Portland-based art collector and philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer, in which he discusses his passion for sharing art.
With over 10,000 prints in his collection, Jordan Schnitzer is one of the largest contemporary print collectors in the country. Through the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, he lends the collections to museums and universities free of cost, and provides funding for supplemental educational programs in conjunction with the exhibitions. To date, the Foundation has organized over 100 exhibitions at more than 100 museums.
Jordan Schnitzer explains that he grew up with a love of art and began his collection with the purchase of his first painting in the third grade. He also notes his appreciation for artists as documentarians. "Artists have always been chroniclers of our time. If we want to go back and understand the history of any age—the Egyptians, the Romans, the Greeks, whoever—we go back and look at art and culture. Artists, they’re the ones on the frontline. They’re the ones pushing the envelope, forcing us to deal with the issues of the time."
The issue also includes articles written by Jessica Pisano, Britt Snyder, Ali Cavanaugh, Mark Fehlman, D.K. Richardson, and several others.