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A Rich History

Establishing the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU was established in the fall of 1973 as an independent department of Washington State University. The museum was given the responsibility of caring for and providing access to the permanent collections; presenting changing exhibitions in the museum gallery; and developing complementary programming such as lectures, films, catalogues and gallery tours.  The museum’s touring exhibitions have traveled to dozens of museums throughout the United States, and it’s books have been distributed all over the world.

The museum was originally funded through state funds as a base and through grants from state and national agencies. As the program has become increasingly ambitious, additional sources of revenue have become essential; those sources include private donations, foundations and endowments.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is a member of the Washington Art Consortium, a group of seven museums in the state, who co-own three distinct collections of drawings, prints and photographs by significant modern and contemporary artists.

See also Exhibition Archive and Permanent Collection

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Museum Hours

The museum galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.;


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