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Director’s Letter

Welcome to the museum

Dear museum friends,

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU extends a warm invitation to you this semester for an enriching series of events at the museum that promise to deepen your appreciation for the arts and our community. We invite you to join us for our current exhibition, including the captivating works of Jeffrey Gibson: They Teach Love, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

As we step into the vibrant season of spring, it brings us immense pleasure to unveil our upcoming line-up of enriching programs and exhibitions at the museum. We welcome you to engaging experiences with art and culture that promise to inspire, provoke thought, and foster connections within our community. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our patrons and supporters for your continued enthusiasm and engagement. Our enduring commitment to serving our community is made possible by your invaluable contributions.

From March 26, 2024, to June 29, 2024, we are thrilled to present three captivating exhibitions. “Beyond Hope: Kienholz and the Inland Northwest” explores the collaborative artistic practice of Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, shedding light on their impactful contributions to the art scene of the Inland Northwest. Concurrently, “Subversive Intent: Selections from the Collection” brings together seldom-exhibited works from our permanent collection, offering a dialogue with the politically and socially engaged work of the Kienholzes.

Additionally, don’t miss the “Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition“, showcasing the culmination of work by MFA graduate candidates Mozi Jones and Reika Okuhara. Their diverse and innovative creations will be on display from March 26, 2024, to June 29, 2024, providing a stimulating experience for all visitors.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 2, at 5:00 p.m. for a special in-person reading and Q&A session with poet, author, and editor Gabrielle Calvocoressi. This event promises to be an inspiring evening with a remarkable literary figure.

As April unfolds, join us for artist talks and a reception on April 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., featuring the MFA candidates Mozi Jones and Reika Okuhara, followed by a reception celebrating their work.

Lastly, we invite you to a reception and gallery talk at 4:00 p.m. on April 12 with guest curator Johanna Gosse, exploring the exhibition Beyond Hope: Kienholz and the Inland Northwest in depth. Using key works from the exhibition, the gallery talk will further contextualize the notion of place as a generative context for the Kienholzes’ artistic practice.

We look forward to welcoming you to these exceptional events this spring. In closing, as you explore our museum’s galleries, we invite you to not only appreciate the beauty and significance of the works before you but also to reflect on the broader impact of art in our world. Thank you for joining us on this journey of exploration and enlightenment.

Warm regards,

Ryan Hardesty
Executive Director
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU