In 2018 with the opening of the newly named Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU, an Advisory Council was formed to help guide the development of this incredible resource for the university and region. We are individuals from all walks of life who have in common a commitment to, and a passion for, the art museum at Washington State University. Among us are donors, faculty, graduate students, university leaders, arts administrators, and longtime museum and community members.
Although many Council members’ roots go deep into the history of the art museum, since the opening of the new building our belief in what the museum can achieve in the future has grown exponentially.
We have seen spectacular exhibitions in the splendid galleries of the new museum and marveled at the achievements of a small, loyal staff. We have been thrilled as the new building, itself a piece of art at the heart of the Pullman campus, can finally be part of every student’s awareness – a symbol of the university’s commitment to the arts and to the diverse learning opportunities and experiences the museum offers.
We have watched with great pride the transformation of the former museum gallery, thanks to Luce Foundation funding, into state-of-the-art new facilities for the Collections Study Center. Here artists, scholars, students, and others study works from the collection up-close. Finally the university’s art holdings—gifts from artists, galleries, and collectors—are being made available for the world, to learn from and enjoy.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is not only for Washington State University, but also for the greater communities of Pullman, Moscow, the Inland Empire and indeed the Pacific Northwest. The museum’s reach has extended far, even abroad, through traveling exhibitions and publications. Our Advisory Council seeks to build on and expand a longstanding connection between town and gown, a tradition of community docents, and a strong local membership that has underpinned much of the museum’s support.
We cherish the museum’s longstanding mission to serve not only students, but also school children of all ages, and community residents, sharing insights and experiences otherwise not available in our rural setting.
We hope that each museum visitor, whether visiting in person, or virtually, will take away some of the learning, understanding and pleasure that has inspired each member of this Advisory Council. We also hope that those who cherish the museum as we do will step up as members, volunteers, and donors to ensure the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art prospers and thrives.
The Advisory Council
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Washington State University