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Director’s Letter

Welcome to the museum

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU began a series of exhibitions this summer honoring Indigeneity and culture keepers through the lens of contemporary art. Please note that the museum will be closed for a refresh and the installation of new exhibitions from July 1 – August 21, reopening for fall semester beginning Tuesday, August 22.

When we reopen in the fall, the museum will be presenting: Jeffrey Gibson: They Teach Love, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and Here in a Homemade Forest: Common Reading Connections. I hope you enjoy these insightful offerings in the coming months as you visit the museum. Bring a friend and explore the exhibitions as often as you like; we look forward to warmly greeting you!

Of course, these exhibitions and their respective programs come with significant costs, and with your help we will engage, enlighten, and educate visitors for years to come. I would personally enjoy speaking with you about opportunities to support the museum, and encourage you to reach me at

As we take steps forward, I am excited for the future of our museum and the growing impact we are creating. We cherish the museum’s long-standing mission to serve students of all ages and community residents, sharing insights and encounters otherwise not available in our rural setting.

Finally, I want to close this message with a profound thank you to our supporters. Your efforts to work together for the good of the museum inspire me to come to work every day filled with enthusiasm. I look forward to working with you throughout the semesters to come.

Ryan Hardesty
Executive Director, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU