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2022 | Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Reception

Join us on Friday, April 1 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition‘s Opening Reception. This exhibit provides a wide range of styles and stimulating experiences for faculty, students and local museum constituents. The world-class Fine Arts faculty at WSU encourage the MFA candidates to become more assured and articulate in their convictions.

The museum confidently presents this year’s graduate thesis work certain that faculty, students, staff and visitors to WSU will find it a fun and stimulating experience. This annual showcase represents the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates.

The reception is preceded by MFA Thesis Talks from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

MFA THESIS CANDIDATES | Sarah Barnett, Jaime Durham, Autumn Hunnicutt, Seo Ryung Park, Meagan Marsh Pine, and Siri Stensberg.

LOCATION | The  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

2022 | Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Lecture Featuring: Alison Saar

Click the following link to register in advance: Alison Saar Webinar Registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join artist Alison Saar on Thursday, February 10 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. online for a virtual lecture. The Jo Hockenhull Lecture series, organized by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), the Fine Arts Department, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, has named Alison Saar as the Visiting Lecturer for 2022. Saar will discuss the connections between art and social justice as she provides an overview of her work in sculpture and printmaking. This event is free to the public.

American artist Alison Saar is known not only for her powerful sculptures—she is also a master of the art of printmaking. In both forms, she employs a personal vocabulary informed by history, race, and mythology. Her influences range from ancient Europe, Africa, and American folk art. Saar’s works narrate stories of the African American experience, moving effortlessly from the personal to the political. In many of her works, she charts the tragic history of slavery in America, but her figures symbolize defiance and strength. Other recurring images are informed by jazz, romance, and desire. Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation—featuring nearly 50 prints and five sculptures by the Los Angeles–based artist—is on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through March 12, 2022.

The Hockenhull lecture series was launched in 1996 by the Women’s Studies Department in collaboration with the Department of Fine Arts to honor Jo Hockenhull, a WSU emeritus professor of Fine Arts who served as director of women’s studies for more than a decade. At WSU, Hockenhull focused on building programs and initiatives supporting diversity, the liberal arts, free speech, and critical thinking. Past lecturers have been visual artists, poets, and performance artists who have emphasized the important connections between art, social justice, and political practice. Past recipients have included Arshia Fatima Haq, Marie Watt, Alma Lopez, Faith Ringgold, Octavia Butler, and the Guerilla Girls, to name a few.

For more information, contact Nishant Shahani at 509-335-5286 or nshahani3@wsu.edu.

2022 | Indie Folk Reception and Gallery Talk With Guest Curator Melissa Feldman

Join guest curator Melissa Feldman in the museum galleries on Thursday, January 20, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for a reception and gallery talk about the exhibition Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest. The gallery talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. The exhibition features the work of 17 artists—both established and emerging—from throughout the Northwest region in an exploration of its unique artistic ecosystem involving craft traditions, pre-industrial cultures, and Indigenous and settler histories.

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU and guest curated by Melissa E. Feldman. Indie Folk will travel to the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR and the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment, the Mildred S. Bissinger Endowment, Patrick and Elizabeth Siler, Nancy Spitzer, and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

About the Curator | Along with her ongoing work as an independent curator and writer, Melissa Feldman held positions for the last several years as Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, and Director of the Neddy Artist Awards. Recent curatorial projects include Uses of History (2019) at studio e, Seattle; Push Play, an Independent Curators International touring exhibition (2013-17): A Cool Breeze: L.A. and Vancouver Art in the 1960s and Beyond at Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver B.C. (2017); Another Minimalism: Art After California Light and Space (2015-16), at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and UK tour; Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre (2012) at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Feldman has been a frequent contributor to Art in America and Frieze among other international publications and has taught at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Goldsmith’s College, London.

LOCATION | The  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910. The museum is currently open Tuesday through Friday from 1-4 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and closed Sunday and Monday.

2021 | Sneak Peak For Two Weeks

Public Tours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:003:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, August 25 and September 1
Fridays, August 27 and September 3

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU will be closed Aug. 7–23 to deinstall its current exhibitions. The museum reopens on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and is extending a special invitation to the community. Museum staff will be revealing the hidden, mysterious world behind the gallery walls by performing “back of house” curatorial tasks within the gallery space as they prepare two new exhibitions: Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition.

This special two‑week viewing takes place during a time in which museums are seeking to become more transparent and participatory, leading to an accessible and socially engaging visit. Exhibition installation progress will change constantly during the sneak peek period. Each day will offer a potentially new experience for the viewer and make visible the methods of preservation and scholarship that are essential to any museum.

To participate in this special invitation for a behind the scenes view, visit the museum Aug. 24–28 and Aug. 31–Sept. 4, Tuesday through Friday 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public tours during this time will be available from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays with Education Coordinator Kristin Becker. Faculty may also schedule a group tour for a campus class by emailing kristin.carlson@wsu.edu.

Admission to the museum is always free.

LOCATION | The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please visit museum.wsu.edu.

2021 | Black Lives Matter: An Intergenerational Discussion

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 3:304:30 p.m.
Black Lives Matter: An Intergenerational Discussion

Stream the program live on YouTube
Free and open to the public, no registration necessary.
Moderated by:
Lisa Guerrero, Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, WSU
Artist Grant Winners: Lisa Myers Bulmash, Rene Westbrook, Hasaan Kirkland, Robert Lloyd

On September 29 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., join select awardees of the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program for a discussion of the question: Why has art—in all its forms—always been central to thinking about Black liberation and racial justice? Panelists will address historical contexts and recent events in our shared search for racial equity. The discussion will be moderated by Lisa Guerrero, Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, WSU. This discussion will be hosted live at the museum as well as livestreamed on youtube.

LOCATION: The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please visit museum.wsu.edu/about.

2021 | Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

Join museum benefactor Jordan Schnitzer, artist Alison Saar, and awardees of the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program as we celebrate the opening of two exhibitions: Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, and the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition. Speakers will briefly welcome visitors to the event and touch upon the significance of these exhibitions within our collective history. Mingling is encouraged at this festive gathering, masks required.

LOCATION: The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please visit museum.wsu.edu/about.

2021 | Open Gallery With MFA Candidate Stephanie Broussard

Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:003:30 p.m.
Open Gallery With MFA Thesis Candidate Stephanie Broussard

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, Pavilion Gallery
Free and open to the public, no registration necessary.

MFA Candidate Stephanie Broussard will be present in the gallery to informally welcome visitors to her Master of Fine Arts Thesis exhibition. The artist will respond to your questions and provide impromptu tours during this time.

Attestation, distancing, and masks required: please see COVID-19 update on museum website. If the museum is at capacity when you arrive, please wait outside on Terrell Mall. Museum staff will be available to advise waiting visitors.

LOCATION | The  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

2021 | YouTube Live: Portraits of the Columbia Plateau With Curator Michael Holloman

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 4:005:00 p.m.
Portraits of the Columbia Plateau
With Curator Michael Holloman

Stream the program live on YouTube
Free and open to the public, no registration necessary.
Guests participants include: Provost Elizabeth Chilton, Zoe Higheagle Strong, and Nakia Williamson

Join guest curator Michael Holloman as he speaks about the exhibition Follow the River: Portraits of the Columbia Plateau, presenting portraiture of Plateau tribal members as commissioned in the mid-1930s by former WSC President Ernest O. Holland. As a counterpoint, tremendous Plateau cultural materials are included from the Museum of Anthropology WSU, as well as the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane. The program will revisit these documentary paintings while showing tribal permanence in the region. As many Nez Perce (and Plateau) peoples were painted on the Colville Indian Reservation at the time, it is appropriate that WSU Pullman and our multiple campus community better understand this history in the context and importance of our indigenous land acknowledgment.

Michael Holloman is an Associate Professor in the WSU Department of Fine Arts, and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. In this opening program he will be joined by Provost Elizabeth Chilton; Zoe Higheagle Strong, Executive Director for Tribal Relations & Special Assistant to the Provost and Director of the Center for Native American Research and Collaboration WSU; and Nakia Williamson, Cultural Resources Program Director of the Nez Perce Tribe.

Funding is provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

IMAGE CAPTIONS:
Jim Kaine (1935) painted by Worth D. Griffin,
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU Permanent Collection

Cleveland Kamiakin (1935) painted by Worth D. Griffin,
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU Permanent Collection

Melissa Parr (1935) painted by Worth D. Griffin,
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU Permanent Collection

Curator Michael Holloman with Eliza Testapulus Kamiaken (1935) painted by Worth D. Griffin,
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU Permanent Collection

2020 | Livestreamed Art History Talk by Namita Gupta Wiggers

Teaching Through Talking: How Betty Feves’ Ceramics Reveal Historic Shifts in Art Education
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Remote Zoom Webinar

Livestreamed Art History Talk by Namita Gupta Wiggers
Discussion and Q&A to follow with guest Squeak Meisel, Chair, WSU Department of Fine Arts

Educator and curator Namita Gupta Wiggers will discuss an important pivot in arts education in the 1930s and 40s exemplified by the ceramics of artist and WSU alumnus Betty Feves. This talk accompanies the exhibition Betty Feves: The Earth Itself at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU. After the talk, Namita will have a conversation with Squeak Meisel, Chair of WSU’s Department of Fine Arts. Questions will be moderated via Zoom Q&A.

Betty Whiteman Feves belongs to a generation of mid-century vanguard artists who set the stage for dynamic shifts in the use of clay in art. She graduated from Washington State College (now Washington State University) in 1939. As an undergraduate student, Feves experienced an historic pivot in arts education, exemplified by the teachings of Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still. Still’s discussion-based approach, which we know as the modern-day “crit,” was a radical shift away from a physical correction-based method. Feves also studied with Cameron Booth, William Fortune Ryan, and Alexander Archipenko, but correspondence with her classmate Alice Burke Schuchman reveals that Still’s teachings were the ideas with which she continued to wrestle. From Still, Feves learned dedication, the crit-based method of education, and how to mix her own paint. She also experienced the pressures and constraints pushed upon female art students aiming to be working artists in the 1930s and 40s. Starting with her academic art education, this lecture will connect Feves’ work in the context of her undergraduate and graduate education at WSU, Columbia University, and DesignTechnics with her lifelong work in clay.

About the exhibition: Betty Feves The Earth Itself

To join the webinar:
https://wsu.zoom.us/s/97783041501
If prompted for a Passcode: 696164

Download and install Zoom before the webinar starts: https://zoom.us/download
Select the first option, “Zoom Client for Meetings” then click the “Download” button

To join via telephone: US: +1 253 215 8782
• Enter the meeting ID: 97783041501#
• After the prompt, press #

Funding for this program and exhibition is provided by Alan and Laurie Feves, the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment, Patrick and Elizabeth Siler, and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

2020 | Livestreamed Artist’s Talk by Etsuko Ichikawa

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Remote Zoom Webinar broadcast from museum gallery

Livestreamed Artist’s Talk by Etsuko Ichikawa
Tokyo-born, Seattle-based artist, Etsuko Ichikawa will discuss the creative motivations and process that brought about Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies, a new immersive installation commissioned by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU. A moderated Q&A will follow the talk.

To join the webinar:
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/98068549427?pwd=RTd6SXhVYUJpelFsck5zL3NqdWhRZz09

When prompted for a Passcode:  691628

Download and install Zoom before the webinar starts: https://zoom.us/download
Select the first option, “Zoom Client for Meetings” then click the “Download” button

To join via telephone: US: +1 253 215 8782 (prompt for meeting ID) 98068549427#

This event is funded by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.