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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU Staff

Ryan Hardesty

Interim Executive Director, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections | ryan.hardesty@wsu.edu

Meet our new Interim Executive Director, Ryan Hardesty. 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.


Karey Strong

Deputy Director of Finance and Administration, Associate Director | taylork@wsu.edu

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.


Debby Stinson

Marketing and PR Manager | debby_stinson@wsu.edu

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

Collection Manager | amsaberi@wsu.edu

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@wsu.edu

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.


Kristin Becker

Education Coordinator | kristin.carlson@wsu.edu

Kristin Becker is excited to join the museum as its education coordinator. She has been faculty in the Digital Technology and Culture program at WSU since 2010 and has also taught for the Department of Fine Arts. Kristin loves teaching about graphic design, typography, print culture, computers, and creativity. She is passionate about using the museum’s exhibitions and permanent collections in her teaching every semester and is eager to help other faculty, students, and community members see the educational potential of JSMA. Kristin’s teaching is informed by her training as a visual artist, printmaker, and photographer. She holds an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited at galleries throughout the United States as well as at the International Print Center New York. Her most recent creative challenge is the rearing of two small children, which she attempts with her wonderful husband in Moscow, ID. This position is sponsored by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment.


Gracie Brown

Assistant to the Collection Manager | grace.brown@wsu.edu

Gracie has been a part of the museum team for a year and a half and currently serves as the Assistant to the Collection 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 Collection management. From there, she asked to be a part of the museum team and became the Assistant to the Collection 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 | k.buensuceso@wsu.edu

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.


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Museum Hours

The museum galleries are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 pm. https://museum.wsu.edu/about; https://wsu.edu/covid-19/.

Attestation

You must complete a self-attestation for every day you plan to be at a physical WSU location. Please attest based on your WSU affiliation. https://attestation.wsu.edu/

Occupancy & Masks

Maximum occupancy is 10 people. Masks required.

Parking

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Hours of Operation

We will have limited staffing in the museum offices, however, you can reach us by phone and email at https://museum.wsu.edu/about/meet-the-staff.

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