“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 new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is more than a place to view and experience art. The design, by Jim Olson of Olson Kundig, and prominent campus location increase access to the arts for the entire Inland Northwest region. Olson’s design concept of a mirrored crimson cube rewards viewers with an ever-changing landscape with which to view themselves and the world around them. Life mirrors art, and in this case the building itself is a mirror for the campus as well as a hint of the treasures inside. The museum is located in the Crimson Cube on the WSU Pullman campus.
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.