Exhibitions and Events

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University offers rich educational and collaborative opportunities, and FREE and accessible art experiences to PSU and the public. Its galleries feature art by Northwest artists, faculty and students as well as exhibitions by national and international artists.


Current Exhibitions:

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For its inaugural exhibition, Director Linda Tesner curated Art for All: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. “Art for All” reflects the museum’s mission to serve as a creative learning lab that is both inclusive and interdisciplinary – while celebrating Schnitzer’s passion for making art accessible. 

     "Before bricks and mortar, PSU had a motto for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art: Art for All. The university envisioned a place where admission would be free and where visual art experiences would enrich the daily lives of all who enter- students, faculty, staff, visitors and friends.

     Art for All is an opportunity for guests to experience forty-seven works by internationally known artists. Each work was selected (from Jordan Schnitzer's private collection) because it speaks to the all-inclusive theme.

     But what does "art for all" mean? When it came time to explore Jordan Schnitzer's vast collection and select works for this exhibition, I had several ideas about what might qualify a painting or sculpture as accessible and inclusive. Many qualities came to mind: color and composition, representation of ethnic and gender identities, voice and content. But what I found especially compelling were works that speak to the human experience.

     Every work in this exhibition reveals some truth about what it means to be a human being in today's world. It is my ardent hope that every visitor to the museum will find at least one work that resonates at a profound level. 

     It is opportune that PSU's mission for the new JSMA @ PSU dovetails so seamlessly with the passion of our namesake and patron himself. What I have learned from investigating Schnitzer's collection is that he is, at heart, a humanist. His generosity will benefit the PSU community now and for generations to come." Linda Tesner

Funding has been provided by Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation | At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection exceeds 13,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions. The Foundation has organized over 110 exhibitions and has had art exhibited at over 150 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, owning and managing office, multi-tenant industrial, multi-family and retail properties in six western states. For more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, please visit jordanschnitzer.org.

2019 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize winners are also on view. Presented by The School of the Art + Design and the College of the Arts. 

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We are proud to be able to provide space and exposure for these emerging artists. This prize is the highest award offered in the School of Art + Design. It acknowledges the achievement and promise of our students and is an important expression of our values and our commitment to excellence in higher education and the arts.

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Non-Collecting Museum

The museum does not have a permanent collection. As a “non-collecting museum” it focuses its resources on providing free and accessible exhibitions and educational programming.