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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.

International Women’s Week Tour

Join us on Wednesday, March 9 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. for a special tour of Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, led by Education Coordinator Kristin Becker. In observance of International Women’s Day 2022, we will explore this year’s theme, #BreakTheBias, through the sculptures and prints of artist Alison Saar. This tour is free and open 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.

This tour is being offered in collaboration with the Women*s Center WSU, the International Center WSU, Undocumented Initiatives WSU, the Graduate and Professional Student Association, and other campus partners who are working to raise awareness of International Women’s Day 2022.

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 https://museum.wsu.edu/about.

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 | Tabletop Letterpress Printing: An Introduction and Demonstration

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 2:004:00 p.m.
Tabletop Letterpress Printing: An Introduction and Demonstration

Contact with questions: Kristin Becker, kristin.carlson@wsu.edu (JSMA); Kathryn Manis, kathryn.manis@wsu.edu (MASC)
This event will take place in the museum’s Pavilion gallery and masks are required.

Join representatives from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU (JSMA) and WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) for an introduction to MASC’s recently acquired tabletop letterpress. Staff will be on-hand to discuss the history of letterpress printing, provide background on our Kelsey Victor 8 x 10 platen press, and assist attendees in practicing laying type and printing sample formes (the letterpress term for lines of type that are ready to be printed). All are welcome to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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 | 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 | Exhibition Tour with Alison Saar

Join artist Alison Saar in the museum galleries on Wednesday, September 29, from 2-3 p.m. for a personal tour of Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, a retrospective exhibition featuring nearly 50 prints and five sculptures by this renowned Los Angeles–based artist.

American artist Alison Saar is a master of printmaking and sculpture. 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.

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 | 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 | Art & Healing: Cello Performance 3 by Ruth Boden

Cello performance by Ruth Boden in conversation with Trimpin’s sound sculpture Ambiente432. Ruth Boden and Dean Luethi will explore a meditative space through a cello and vocal performance. » More ...