Clad in unique crimson mirrored glass tiles, the new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU will open April 6, 2018, across from the CUB.
The 10,000-square-foot building has six exhibition spaces, which will debut with fiber constructions from Marie Watt, an interactive sound sculpture by Trimpin, ceramics by Jeffry Mitchell, video from the True Collection, and portraiture from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. The opening will also feature works from the museum’s permanent collection titled Hearts: Selections from the Jim Dine Print Collection.
Designed by architect Jim Olson of Olson-Kundig, the new museum offers a beautiful home for the growing permanent collection and space for both traveling and WSU exhibitions.
In 2013, a $5 million gift from patron and Portland, Oregon, real estate developer Jordan Schnitzer launched the project. Explaining his motivation, Schnitzer said, “If we can train young people on the Washington State University campus to be world leaders, and also help them to be cultural leaders, then we’ve succeeded.
“We want students to realize that to build successful communities they need jobs. But they also need to nourish their hearts and souls. That nourishment comes from the arts.”
About the new museum (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU)
“A wider canvas” – Spring 2014 story about patron Jordan Schnitzer and the conception of the new museum
Photos of the stunning new building
“Homes for art” – Winter 2011 story about architect Jim Olson and his connection to art