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

Letter from the Executive Director

On behalf of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, I wish to welcome our WSU community back to the museum this spring semester with a sense of enthusiasm that the new year instills. At the heart of the Pullman campus, the museum can be part of every student’s awareness – a resource for diverse learning opportunities, but also a place for awe and rejuvenation. We believe art expands hearts and minds and this semester’s lineup of exhibitions and programs offer a wealth of cultural experiences for our visitors to enjoy. Grab a friend and visit often; we look forward to greeting you!

Keep an eye out for Indie Folk: New Art and Songs from the Pacific Northwest which will showcase artists, makers, and musicians, from the region, who have all been influenced by craft and folk traditions. The works featured here are handmade, unpretentious, and often blur the line between functionality and aesthetics. 17 artists are included, representing a fascinating survey of the Pacific Northwest cultural scene. You won’t want to miss the reception and gallery talk with guest curator Melissa Feldman on Thursday, January 20 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the museum.

Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation will continue into mid-March and features nearly 50 prints and five sculptures by American artist Alison Saar narrating stories of the African American experience. The renowned artist will host a livestreamed lecture on Thursday, February 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Always a campus favorite and in tandem with Family Weekend, we will be hosting a reception for the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition on Friday, April 1 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., offering a wonderful opportunity to meet the graduate candidates whose work is on display.

Looking further ahead, we will open in late-May two additional exhibitions. Keiko Hara: The Poetics of Space, Four Decades of Paintings and Prints presenting an occasion to explore paintings and Mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printmaking, around the theme of Topophilia, meaning “a strong love of place.” Secondly, Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs of Yakima Valley Migrant Labor will feature a selection of 50 photographs from the Irwin Nash Yakima Valley Migrant Labor Collection, which until recently was largely unknown, and documents the histories, stories, and perspectives of the Yakima Valley migrant labor community. We are thrilled to present this project in collaboration with WSU Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

Of course, these exhibitions and programs come with significant costs. With the assistance of the museum’s growing advisory council, we are launching a new membership program to ensure the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art prospers and thrives. With your help we will engage, enlighten, and educate visitors for years to come. I would personally enjoy speaking with you about this opportunity; I may be reached at ryan.hardesty@wsu.edu.

As we take these steps forward, I am excited for the future of our museum, and the growing impact we will have not only for Washington State University, but also for the greater communities of Pullman, Moscow, the Inland Northwest and indeed the Pacific Northwest. 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 all our students, staff, and advisory council members. 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

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