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2022 | Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs of Yakima Valley Migrant Labor

EXHIBITION | May 2022 – December 2022

ABOUT | The bounty and diversity of Washington State’s agriculture is possible because of the labor of agricultural workers. However, this work, and the individuals who perform it, are often hidden from view. In 1967, Irwin Nash visited the Yakima Valley to take photographs for a free-lance magazine piece on valley agriculture. After completing this assignment, he nevertheless returned to the farming communities around Yakima each season until 1976 to document the lives of these workers. In the process, he created a compelling archive of more than 9,400 photographs. These images capture the moments of daily life—children playing, Chicano student meetings, family scenes, asparagus harvests—as well as chronicle an era of rising labor and protest movements, strikes, and social awareness that swept across Washington state and the nation. » More …

2022 | Keiko Hara: The Poetics of Space, Four Decades of Paintings and Prints

EXHIBITION | May 2022 – October 2022

ABOUT | Keiko Hara’s exploration of her relationship to her surrounding environment has been continually formulated through the artist’s ongoing series titled, Topophilia. Meaning “a strong love of place,” the term topophilia, with its connection to humanistic geography, also represents a universal desire to hold onto ephemeral moments of beauty and sadness as related to conceptions of place—even if unattainable. This mini-survey exhibition chronicles Hara’s unwavering commitment to painting and her unique form of Mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printmaking, over a 40-year period. Her abstract compositions are at once immensely sensitive yet executed in vibrant color with references to water, fire, skies, and verdant lands, offering rich metaphorical imagery. Hara’s longtime home in Walla Walla, Washington, situated in an expansive valley flanked by the Blue Mountains, figures centrally within her work as does a more internal investigation into the poetics of space. Tactility of things, their reference to nature, and how we perceive, feel, and understand the universe that we inhabit are all conditions of Hara’s visual enterprise. » More …

2021 | Art & Healing

Works by Jim Dine and Corita Kent

EXHIBITION: May 7, 2021–August 7, 2021
Gallery 06 | Smith Gallery

ABOUT | Co-curated by students from the Spring 2021 Museum Procedures class, this summer exhibition introduces works from the permanent collection that represent relationships among art, health, and healing.

Many people intuitively feel that spending time with art has positive effects on the mind and the body. Do experiences of art really effect our well-being? How can we explain this? As part of a new Art & Healing collaboration with Pullman Regional Hospital, staff and students working at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU in Spring 2021 sought to identify explanations and examples of art’s connection to health and well-being. » More …

2021 | Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition

Aisha Harrison, Lisa Myers Bulmash, Hasaan Kirkland, Rene Westbrook , Troy Riley Miles, Jasmine Iona Brown, Robert J Lloyd, Grace June, Zinda K Foster, Whitney Evans, Jennifer Kuhns, Cynthia Camlin, Myron Curry, Jackie Schaubel, Derek E Johnson, Maya Milton , Bonnie Hopper, Tracy Poindexter-Canton, Damon Brown, and Felicia Follum

EXHIBITION | September 7, 2021 – December 18, 2021
PROGRAMS 9/28| Opening Reception, Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 5–7 p.m. (Museum)
PROGRAMS 9/29| Black Lives Matter: An Intergenerational Discussion, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Museum)

ABOUT | The Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Exhibition will celebrate and showcase twenty Washington artists who are using their voices, experiences, and artistic expression toward social justice efforts in response to systemic racism. The WSU Schnitzer Museum’s 20 recipients are: Aisha Harrison, Lisa Myers Bulmash, Hasaan Kirkland, Rene Westbrook , Troy Riley Miles, Jasmine Iona Brown, Robert J Lloyd, Grace June, Zinda K Foster, Whitney Evans, Jennifer Kuhns, Cynthia Camlin, Myron Curry, Jackie Schaubel, Derek E Johnson, Maya Milton , Bonnie Hopper, Tracy Poindexter-Canton, Damon Brown, and Felicia Follum. » More …

2022 | Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest

The first exhibition to identify a regional artistic trend grounded in folk and craft traditions

EXHIBITION | January 18, 2022 – May 21, 2022

ABOUT | The Pacific Northwest is home to a unique artistic ecosystem involving craft traditions, pre-industrial cultures, and Indigenous and settler histories. Like folk art, the works featured here are handmade, unpretentious, and often blur the line between functionality and aesthetics. Artisanal woven baskets and tooled-wood objects mix with works that are makeshift, improvisational, and often employ salvaged materials. For the artists—patchwork quilters and abstract painters alike—a rural and working class ethos of passed down knowledge and making do with what you have is as foundational as academics and studio technique.

The exhibition features an intergenerational array of notable artists from throughout the region including Marita Dingus, Warren Dykeman, Joe Feddersen, Blair Saxon-Hill, Whiting Tennis, and Cappy Thompson. A playlist of Indie Folk music selected by Portland’s Mississippi Records will accompany the exhibition, filling the galleries with the sound of the Pacific Northwest. » More …

2021 | Master of Fine Arts Thesis

Stephanie Broussard

EXHIBITION | April 6, 2021 – May 8, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm
By: Stephanie Broussard, MFA Graduate Candidate, Note: This program is fully virtual.

OPEN GALLERY WITH STEPHANIE BROUSSARD | Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:00-3:30 pm
Stephanie Broussard will be present in the museum 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.

ABOUT | This annual showcase is the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates. With its wide range of art-making approaches, the thesis exhibition provides a stimulating experience for faculty, students, and museum visitors. This year’s MFA candidate is Stephanie Broussard, who will be featured in a solo exhibition in the museum’s Pavilion gallery as well as virtually through the museum’s online programming. » More …

2021 | Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

EXHIBITION | September 7, 2021 – March 12, 2022
PROGRAMS 9/28| Opening Reception, Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 5–7 p.m. (Museum)
PROGRAMS 9/29| Exhibition Tour with Alison Saar, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 2–3 p.m. (Museum)

ABOUT | 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. » More …

2021 | Under the Same Sun and Moon: New Acquisitions from the Collection

EXHIBITION | March 9, 2021 – August 7, 2021
Gallery 04 | Creighton Gallery

ABOUT | Under the Same Sun and Moon: New Acquisitions from the Collection puts on view, in most instances for the first time, selections from collection newcomers. Over the last five years, the museum has added significant works of art to its permanent collection through selective purchases and generous gifts. Highlights include a quartet of complex prints by artist Jim Hodges as well as series of watercolors by the late artist Rick Bartow. Other important artists who have had works recently acquired by the museum include Ann Hamilton, Julie Mehretu, Marie Watt, and Richard Tuttle. These works have deepened our holdings of previously collected artists and provide introductions to artists new to us. The exhibition also serves as a reminder of the generosity of many donors who understand the value of sharing great art with our community. It is only through such philanthropy that museum collections grow, and our horizons evolve. » More …

2021 | Follow the River: Portraits of the Columbia Plateau

EXHIBITION | March 9, 2021 – August 7, 2021
Gallery 05 | Wright/Harmon Gallery
Gallery 02 | Bruce/Floyd Gallery

PROGRAM | Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 4:00-5:00 p.m.
YouTube Live: Portraits of the Columbia Plateau With Curator Michael Holloman
PROGRAM | Thursday, March 18, 2021 – 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Livestreamed Webinar: Into the Archives: Photography from the Colville Reservation

EXHIBITION| A coda to the proceeding Follow the Sun: The Holland and Orton Collections exhibition, Follow the River: Portraits of the Columbia Plateau will reframe the museum’s Worth D. Griffin Collection of Native portraiture alongside cultural materials from Plateau tribes including the Palus (Palouse) and Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) whose homelands the Washington State University Pullman campus is located upon.

In the summer of 1936, Washington State College (WSC) Fine Arts Department Chair Worth D. Griffin (with the support of WSC President E. O. Holland and the Board of Regents) began an ambitious series of oil on canvas portraits of “Indians of the Northwest tribes and other historic characters.” This commissioned project focused on prominent pioneers and tribal leaders from the Inland Northwest. It was recommended that Griffin take note of the mid-nineteenth century Pacific Railroad Survey Reports, particularly their illustrations and ethnographic descriptions of American Indians of the West. Griffin expanded upon these resources with his artistic expertise in portraiture, while dutifully engaging the ongoing and erroneous public perception of Native Americans as a vanishing race. » More …

2021 | World Without Reason: Goya’s Los Disparates

EXHIBITION | April 6, 2021 – August 7, 2021
Gallery 03 | Borth Gallery

PROGRAM |  Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Livestreamed Lecture by Janis A. Tomlinson, Los Disparates and Goya’s Late Works: Triumphs of Caprice

ABOUT | Dreamlike and wondrous, yet gravely dark and harrowing, are all descriptors associated with Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ (1746-1828) last major print cycle, Los Disparates (or Los Proverbios). Published in 1864, thirty-six years after the artist’s death, these masterful etchings are still considered to be enigmatic and ambiguous, eluding definitive explanation and interpretation. While the Spanish term “disparate” translates imperfectly to “folly”, in Goya’s time the term held harsher connotations closer in meaning to stupidity or madness. And yet, Los Disparates were born of specific circumstances referencing fanatic religious practices of the day, the plight of political prisoners, and the decadence of court life and the aristocracy. Within these remarkable etchings is a realm of witches, ghosts, and fantastical creatures that invade the mind; Goya’s troubled visions remain a potent warning against a world without reason. » More …