October 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM
Arts patron donates $5 million toward new WSU art museum
The president of a Portland commercial real estate company has donated $5 million toward an effort by Washington State University to build a new museum of art on the school’s Pullman campus.
The donation comes from Jordan Schnitzer, president of Harsch Investment Properties and a collector of contemporary fine art prints. Including Schnitzer’s gift, WSU has raised $9 million for the museum. It has launched a public campaign to raise an additional $6 million.
Currently, the university’s museum is located in the fine arts building and contains a single gallery to display the school’s permanent collection and temporary exhibits. The new building will be located on the site of the current Safety Building, across from Compton Union Building on Terrell Mall. It will be designed by Olson Kundig Architects of Seattle.
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