“Living Legacies” exhibit celebrates collectors who reflect Schnitzer vision

Five years ago, “Lasting Legacies” kicked off the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s 75th birthday with an exhibition of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. The JSMA also recognized the founder, Gertrude Bass Warner, and others who helped create the museum and build its unique collections.

Five years later, the “Living Legacies” exhibit is intended to celebrate the community of people and businesses who honor and inspire the museum's mission and programs. The exhibit opened June 1 and will continue until Sept. 1.

“In ’Lasting Legacies’ we looked at our history: we presented exceptional works in the museum’s collection and recognized the donors who made them possible," Jill Hartz, the museum's executive director, said in an online message. "Now, five years later, we build on that strong and meaningful foundation to present treasures from our region that exemplify JSMA’s mission today and our vision for the future.”

Many pieces reflect the museum's collecting strengths in Pacific Northwest, American and Asian art. But the museum is expanding its collecting mission to include work in areas of European and Latin American art.

Local homes and businesses contributed by allowing personal collections to be displayed in the “Living Legacies” exhibit. More than 280 works on loan from 80 collectors are on view on site and online through Sept. 1.

The public is welcome to visit the “Living Legacies” exhibit at the Schnitzer Museum, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

"Living Legacies: The JSMA @ 80" is made possible by the Coeta and Donald Barker Special Exhibitions Endowment, The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and museum members.

- from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art