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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU Staff

Robin Held

Executive Director |

Robin Held is executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Held’s name is strongly associated with the artistic vision and collection directions of two AAM-accredited institutions, the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; and the Frye Art Museum. She was a key contributor to four strategic plans and two AAM re-accreditations. Her goal for the museum is AAM-accreditation by 2020. Held is a creative strategist and cultural entrepreneur. A through-line of her career is direct work with artists to realize their most ambitious projects. She has done this in varied roles: as curator of more than 100 museum exhibitions and performances; producing partner; advisor to funders; grant writer; and executive director. Past roles have included Director, Neddy Artist Awards, Cornish College of the Arts; Executive Director, Reel Grrls; Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Frye Art Museum; Curator, Henry Art Gallery. Held has deep connections to the Palouse. Her extended family has been farming here for four generations. Her great-uncle, Earl Muir, was the architect of the original Museum of Art/WSU, which is being re-envisioned as the Collection and Learning Gallery, scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018.

Anna-Maria Shannon

Associate Director |

Anna-Maria Shannon is the associate director for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University. She has been part of the museum team for 22-years and has served as the interim director. She and her team recently completed a 15-million dollar campaign to build a new 20,000 square foot facility, coordinated the build and raised an additional $270,000 through a grant from the Luce Foundation to upgrade the museum’s former exhibition space. Anna-Maria has also assisted, led and is featured in the creation of multiple exhibitions, publications and films. Anna-Maria has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Puget Sound (’93), Tacoma, WA and a Masters in Design from Washington State University (’05), Pullman, WA. She serves on various boards and committees both on campus, and within the town of Pullman, WA. She serves with pride on the Washington State Arts Commission Board and is the Vice President for Membership for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

Laura Child

Development Director |

Laura Child is the director of development for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.  Laura has been on staff at the museum since September of 2016 after working in development with both Pullman Regional Hospital and the University of Idaho. Since coming on board with the JSMOA, Laura has enjoyed meeting with and developing relationships with the many supporters of the museum.  Additionally, she has fostered relationships with several foundations and worked on the team that secured a $270,000 grant for the new JSMOA WSU Collections and Learning Gallery.  Laura is a member of the 2018 CASE District 8 conference planning committee, as well as co-chair of the WSU Foundation Benchmarking Committee.  Laura supports the community as a board member for the local theatre group, Regional Theatre of the Palouse.  She also volunteers as an advisor for her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. A graduate of WSU with degrees in English and Business, Laura lives in Pullman with her two teenage daughters, two dogs and a cat.

Ryan Hardesty

Curator of Exhibitions & Collections |

Ryan Hardesty joined Washington State University’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art curatorial team in 2014 as curator of art and exhibitions. He has curated a range of exhibition projects including Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, and more recently, Marie Watt: Companion Species (Underbelly), Jeffry Mitchell: Death of Buddha, and Persona: Portraiture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer for the Olson Kundig designed museum facility’s ambitious 2018 slate of inaugural exhibitions. Prior to coming to WSU, Hardesty held a twelve-year tenure at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC), Spokane where he planned for 80+ exhibitions. Additional museum experience includes work with the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) and Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). Hardesty holds fine art degrees from the University of Washington and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He resides in Pullman with his wife and daughter, and maintains an ongoing interest in wandering cities and wild places alike.

Debby Stinson

Marketing/PR Manager |

Debby Stinson started with the museum as a freelance designer in 2005, then joined the team in 2010 as the marketing and public relations manager. Presently she oversees all aspects of communication, graphic design, web design, advertising, media purchasing, and social media marketing. Her career began as an artist, graphic designer, and illustrator with clients including: Starbucks, Barbie, Hooked on Phonics, Eddie Bauer, and Sun Health. Stinson graduated in 1985 from the Art Institute of Seattle. Her design work has garnered two bronze, two silver and a gold award over the years. In 2009, she was named a Bill Phillips Transformation Champion, is currently president of the Colfax Arts Council, and serves in a sorority supporting women in education. She lives outside Colfax with her husband and daughter, where she collects iron and enjoys art, cycling, meditation, and the natural world.

Ann Saberi

Assistant to the Curators |

Ann Saberi has been a member of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art team since 2012, and currently serves as Assistant to the Curators. She holds a BA and BFA from Washington State University, and an MA from New York University. At the museum, Ann enjoys working with the permanent collection and helping to install new exhibits, among other things. Born and raised on the Palouse, she loves cooking with her four children, riding her bike, and gardening.

 Nick Swanson

Security and Building Manager |

Nick Swanson is the newest team member at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and recently  joined our Coug family with multiple years experience as a law enforcement officer.  Nick’s primary function is to keep the museum safe and secure, oversee the museum’s gallery attendants, and manage all aspects of the new facility. With 15 years of law enforcement experience and14 years of service in the United States Air Force, he is thoroughly enjoying the creative environment at the museum. Nick resides in Moscow with his girlfriend and four, wonderful children ages 8-14. He loves spending his free time with them exploring the great outdoors – fishing, camping, and generally having fun.

Kezia Buensuceso

Marketing/PR Assistant |

Kezia Buensuceso is a WSU student, double-majoring in Digital Technology and Culture, and Marketing. She started working with the museum in 2018 as a communications and marketing intern and was recently hired as the marketing and social media assistant.


Museum Hours

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

CLOSED during WSU Breaks & Official Holidays.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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