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Letter from the Executive Director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,

Thank you for making me feel welcome in my role as the museum’s new executive director. I want to share with you a bit about my deep connections to the Palouse and why I am excited to call Pullman my home. My extended family has been farming here for four generations, and my great-uncle, Earl Muir, was the architect of the original museum. To be here, now, carrying the vision of the new museum forward truly feels like coming full circle.

My past work is strongly associated with the artistic visions and collecting directions of two American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accredited institutions, and my goal for the JSMOA is AAM accreditation by 2020. This milestone will mark national recognition of the museum’s commitment to excellence, as we join 1070 peer museums that maintain the highest professional standards of museum operation and public service.

Contributing to the transformative educational experience of WSU students remains our primary objective, and we are off to a great start.

Some highlights from this year include:

  • In April 2018, our Grand Opening event drew nearly 3000 visitors in two days, making it the largest attended building opening in the history of WSU.
  • From April through August, more than 9,000 students, faculty, staff and community members have visited the six galleries in the state-of-the art facility.
  • In August, the museum received a prestigious Henry Luce Foundation grant in the amount of $270,000 to begin Phase 1 of a new Collection and Learning Gallery.
  • The museum was added to the tour for prospective students and their families.
  • Beginning next summer, 100% of incoming WSU students will visit the JSMOA during their ALIVE orientation.

Additionally, we begin creating the new Collections and Learning Gallery in November 2018 on the site of the previous museum located in the Fine Arts Center. Making selected works from the permanent collection accessible through open storage solutions, this new gallery becomes the museum’s nexus for academic research, scholarly exchange, interdisciplinary collaborations, academic courses, student research and professional training.

I hope we will meet in the coming months at one of our openings, educational events, gatherings, or in the galleries of the JSMOA. Having just begun my tenure as executive director, a priority for me is to connect with you and to reach out to the entire community associated with the museum.

The museum’s commitment to a transformational experience for all students is demonstrated each day, and your support sustains and amplifies this commitment. Please consider making a gift to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and making a difference in the lives of all WSU students.

Warmest regards,


Robin Held
Executive Director
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Washington State University


Museum Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

CLOSED during WSU Breaks & Official Holidays

WINTER BREAK CLOSURE: 12/22-1/6, 2019
Museum reopens to the public January 7, 2020

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