WSU Schnitzer Museum presents four online exhibitions

Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is proud to present four online exhibitions opening Tuesday, May 26.

During a time where museums’ physical spaces remain closed to the public, the Schnitzer Museum team is grateful to be able to reach out to visitors and stay connected through online digital platforms. Staff are working diligently to educate, uplift, and inspire through online exhibitions and social media content. In the spirit of sharing more ways to experience the museum from home, the Schnitzer Museum is announcing four new online exhibitions.

A painting by Jack Wilkinson Smith in Follow the Sun: The Holland and Orton Collections.

In Follow the Sun: The Holland and Orton Collections, visitors will explore the museum’s founding collections created through the foresight of past university President Ernest O. Holland. Schnitzer museum staff have a special treat planned on social media from May 26 through June 24, where viewers will enjoy learning about prominent works and distinguished artists.

Over the course of 30 days, 30 paintings will be highlighted in these posts.  Viewers will find in depth stories from the museum curator and collection experts about select artworks from the exhibition.

Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies expresses a prayer for the future through cautionary tales of nuclear waste and natural disasters, using radioactive materials to shape artwork and video footage of haunting beauty.

Betty Feves: The Earth Itself

Betty Feves: The Earth Itself is a celebration of a Washington State College (WSU) alumna and pioneering ceramic artist. This exhibition explores Feves’s artistic legacy while attesting to her influence from the beauty found within the Palouse and Columbia Basin.

And finally, with the exhibition Trimpin: Ambiente 432 viewers will be able to experience the soothing sounds of 12 motion-responsive resonator horns suspended from the museum’s ceiling as they sing in response to movement.

Trimpin: Ambiente 432

Washington State Magazine has paired with the museum team to create an audio recording of the horns, set to images and information about the installation, so that even from home, visitors will be able to learn about and enjoy this fascinating sound sculpture. Look for the video after the 26th on the online exhibition page.

All of these exhibitions were a labor of love for the Schnitzer museum team which is excited to share with the public in the hopes of uplifting spirits while everyone is staying home.

Funding for these exhibitions has been provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment, the Holland/Orton Endowment, Patrick and Elizabeth Siler, and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Washington State University


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. With WSU’s COVID‑19 efforts and Gov. Inslee’s statewide shutdowns, we are temporarily closed to visitors for the semester.

Per the Provost’s approval, all public events at the museum during this time have been canceled.

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