PULLMAN – The Museum of Art at WSU has received an unprecedented gift of works from the Andy Warhol Foundation for
the Visual Arts.
The gift, made through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the foundation’s 20th anniversary, includes 150 original Warhol photographs for the Museums’ permanent exhibit.
WSU is among 183 college and university art museums across the United States to receive this generous gift. More than 28,000 Warhol photographs will be donated to different museums.
According to the Warhol Foundation’s President, Joel Wachs, the goal of the Photographic Legacy Program is to provide greater access to Warhol’s artwork and process, and to enable a wide range of people from communities across the country to view and study this important body of Warhol’s work.
This gift will allow institutions such as the Museum of Art/WSU to enrich the breadth and depth of theirholdings.
Chris Bruce, Museum of Art/WSU director said, “Andy Warhol’s art changed the way people thought about art. Along with Picasso and Jackson Pollock, Warhol is arguably among the three most influential artists of the 20th century.
This gift is an acknowledgement of the quality of the Museum of Art’s program, our ability to participate in a national dialogue and our commitment to making this work accessible to Washington State researchers for years to come.”
The Museum of Art has produced a number of traveling exhibitions and accompanying publications over the past few years. Bruce said because of these exhibitions the Warhol Foundation took notice of the Museum of Art/WSU.
“By traveling these great shows we begin to contribute to the national and international art dialogue. By participating in this dialogue, we continue to build a reputation for Washington State University and the Museum of Art as organizations capable of establishing meaningful, world-class exhibitions and publications.”
WSU Provost and Executive Vice President, Robert Bates said, “The Museum of Art has established itself as a major cultural resource and window on the arts for not only WSU and the surrounding communities, but for the entire state of Washington.”