Larry's List published an interview with Portland-based art collector and philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer, in which he discusses his passion for sharing art and the importance of printmaking as an art form.
With over 9,500 prints in his collection, Jordan Schnitzer is one of the largest contemporary print collectors in the country, and was recently honored with the Distinguished Advocate of Printmaking Award by SGC International. Through the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, he lends the collection 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 75 museums.
Jordan Schnitzer explains that he loves prints, in particular, for their availability and affordability, as well as their 500+ year history. He also notes his appreciation for the collaborative process between artists and print publishers, as well as the strong sense of community in the printmaking field. "I love the thought that if I’m looking at an amazing Marilyn print by Andy Warhol, that there might be another hundred people looking at the same print at the same time. It makes me feel part of the more universal community."
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