By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the grand opening of WSU’s new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art this Friday, April 6, noon – 1 p.m. on the Pullman campus.

The $15 million — mostly privately funded – project is Washington’s largest public fine-arts facility east of the Cascades, with seven galleries and 14,000 square feet of exhibit space. It is expected to draw 20,000 visitors annually, in addition to expanding educational opportunities to students, faculty and staff.

The museum’s namesake is businessman Jordan D. Schnitzer, who helped create the facility by donating $5 million.

The new building is nicknamed the “Crimson Cube” for its box configuration wrapped in dazzling crimson-colored mirrored panels.

What: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art-WSU Grand Opening

When: Friday, April 6, noon – 1 p.m., followed by guided tours starting at 2 p.m.

Where: Across from Martin Stadium and the Compton Student Union Building on the Terrell Mall.

Who: Scheduled speakers are:

  • Opening remarks by Anna-Maria Shannon, museum interim director
  • Kirk Schulz, WSU President
  • Jordan D. Schnitzer, benefactor and fine-arts collector
  • Jim Olson, “Crimson Cube” architect, Olson Kundig
  • Dedication proclamation by Brett Blankenship, WSU Regent