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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.

Karey Strong

Deputy Director of Finance and Administration, Associate Director |

Karey Strong is the Deputy Director of Finance and Administration for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University. She has been part of the WSU family for 24-years working in both small and large units within the WSU community. She has enjoyed working with a diverse population internally and externally, and working as a part of a dynamic team is her true passion.  In the past, she has specialized in managing administrative operations including strategic financial planning, project management, systems analysis and developing and implementing processes and procedures. Karey served the Human Development department for sixteen years managing budget and financial short- and long-term funding for the department for Teaching, Research and Extension, Graduate Study,  M.A. and Ph.D. programs. She enjoys spending time with her family and hilarious dog, as well as gardening and decorating.

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 and 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, has recently served two terms as president of the Colfax Arts Council, and lives in Wenatchee with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys art, cycling, meditation, and the natural world.

Ann Saberi

Collections Manager |

Ann Saberi has been a member of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art team since 2012, and currently serves as Collection Manager. 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. 

Gracie Brown

Assistant to the Collections Manager |

Gracie has been a part of the museum team for a year and a half and currently serves as the Assistant to the Collections Manager. She graduated from Washington State University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, emphasizing in oil painting. During her time at WSU, she was a part of the Museum Studies Internship program which sparked her deep love for museum work; specifically in Collections management. From there, she asked to be a part of the museum team and became the Assistant to the Collections Manager. Prior to her current position, she worked at the museum as a gallery attendant. During her summers, she works as the head Arts and Crafts counselor at her childhood summer camp, called Hidden Valley Camp. Gracie loves to laugh, make others laugh, give/receive hugs, and her favorite smell is Play-Doh!

Kezia Buensuceso

Marketing Assistant |

Kezia is a WSU student, majoring Business Marketing and minoring in Digital Technology and Culture. She started working with the museum in 2018 as a gallery attendant followed by communications and marketing intern and was then hired as the Marketing assistant. She loves being surrounded by like-minded individuals who appreciate the Arts just as much as her. The museum is her favorite place on campus. Kezia loves to see people smile and enjoys a good laugh. On her free time she loves picking flowers, frolicking fields, reading and doing yoga poses.

Melanie Bricker

Gallery Attendant |

Major | Fine Arts
What I love about the Museum |Seeing the mediums that I am currently studying and seeing the success of those artist is inspiring, and the inviting environment of the museum is something to look forward to every day.


Imani Childs

Gallery Attendant |

Major | Fine Arts
Minor | French
What I love about the Museum | I love working in a creative space, in the world of art, I love knowing that I’m helping protect and preserve something I care and am passionate about.

Sydney M Jensen

Gallery Attendant |

Major | Apparel Design
What I love about the Museum |I really love how calming the Art Museum is and how its a place for unrestrained creativity and thought, its a great place to work and look for inspiration and help other people do the same.

Elizabeth Park

Gallery Attendant |

Major | Nursing
What I love about the Museum | I really enjoy working here because everybody is so kind and there is never a dull moment when I’m working with the other gallery attendants!


Sidney Westenskow

Gallery Attendant |

Major | Fine Arts and German Language and Culture
What I love about the Museum | I love being a representative for Fine Arts on campus!



Eleanor Albrecht

Director’s Special Projects Team |

Major | History, Fine Arts and German Language and Culture
Minor | Exhibition Studies
What I love about the Museum | I love working in the museum because I get to interact with and learn more about art on a daily basis

Madison Levesque

Director’s Special Projects Team |

Major | History
Minor | Exhibition Studies
What I love about the Museum | The museum gives students the chance to experience art in a way they might not have before.


Kim Lick

Director’s Special Projects Team |

Major | Interior Design and Fine Arts
What I love about the Museum | I love the opportunities and seeing all the different types of art that come through!



Sandy Vo

Director’s Special Projects Team |

Major | Public Relations and Global Leadership
What I love about the Museum | I love being able to work in a place where ideas and arts are expressed openly.



Museum Hours

With WSU’s COVID-19 efforts, & Gov. Inslee’s statewide shutdowns, we are temporarily closed to visitors for the semester. Per the Provost’s approval, all public events at the museum during this time have been canceled.;

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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