Washington State University is one giant step closer to having a new Museum of Art on its Pullman campus, thanks to a multimillion dollar contribution by one of the leading arts patrons in the United States.
Jordan D. Schnitzer of Portland, Ore., who owns a vast collection of contemporary fine art prints and who has supported the arts in numerous ways and locations throughout the country, joined WSU President Elson S. Floyd to announce the largest act of private patronage to the arts in WSU history. The announcement was celebrated amid a new exhibit at the Museum of Art, “Made in U.S.A.: Rosenquist/Ruscha,” which features works from Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
“Jordan Schnitzer’s investment sets the foundation for making the dream of a new WSU Museum of Art a reality,” said Floyd, “and his gift strongly positions us to raise the rest of what we need to complete the project.
“His commitment to the arts in general, and this project in particular, presents the possibility of a transformational development for our Pullman campus, and we thank him for that.”
Schnitzer said his contribution reflects his fundamental belief that the arts reflect the highest ideals of our society. “Every person, especially young people, must have the opportunity to experience the arts as part of their lives. What better place to help further that goal than our college campuses?”
Schnitzer’s gift launches the $15 million campaign for a new and larger Museum of Art at WSU into the public phase of fundraising. His pledge brings the total financial commitments for the project to $9 million, leaving an additional $6 million to be raised before breaking ground. Currently, the museum is located in the Fine Arts building with a single gallery in which to display its permanent collection and temporary exhibits.