In an interview onstage, PSFAF presents an opportunity to hear from and meet the single largest print collector in the United States, who is currently adding to his collection. Jordan will discuss his passion for fine prints; lessons learned in collecting; the importance of parents instilling a passion for art in their children; how he has established a world-class museum at the University of Oregon &the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Loan Program, which is focused on promoting and exhibiting fine prints; and share astute insights and advice on collecting.
About Jordan D. Schnitzer
“For me waking up each day without art around me would be like waking up without the sun- When you live with art around you, your mind and soul are filled with the beauty of life and the creativity of the human spirit.”
– Jordan D. Schnitzer
Jordan D. Schnitzer purchased his first work of art when he was fourteen years old from his mother, Arlene Schnitzer, who opened the Fountain Gallery, the first contemporary art gallery in Portland, OR. It was through her and her gallery that his initial acquisition of one painting turned into a lifelong pursuit of arts patronage.
Jordan began avidly buying contemporary prints and multiples in 1988. As the collection grew, so did inquiries from museums wishing to buy prints for exhibitions. The public nature of these initial exhibitions sparked a passion for sharing the collection that is the basis of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Lending Program, established 1997. The program loans works to qualified institutions from two collections: the Jordan D. Schnitzer Collection and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Collection, whose combined holdings exceed 8,000 prints and multiples.
In the 1990s he became the major donor of the art museum at the University of Oregon, reopening in 2005 as the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. In 2013, he provided a $5 million gift to establish a new art museum at Washington State University’s Pullman campus.
About the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
The fourth annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair returns to an eager audience February 12-15, 2015. PSFAF is strategically scheduled over the extended President’s Day Weekend coinciding with Palm Springs Modernism Week at the height of the Coachella Valley’s season. The PSFAF and Modernism Week turn the Desert into a cultural mecca over this weekend, attracting over 14,000 acquisition-oriented art lovers to the Fair in 2014. The results were stunning with millions of dollars in art sales recorded by the 60 exhibiting galleries.