Jordan D. Schnitzer grew up surrounded by art in his mother’s Portland, Oregon art gallery. What began as an interest in his formative years became a passion in 1988 when he began collecting post-war prints and multiples in earnest. Attracted by the collaborative and egalitarian nature of printmaking, Jordan naturally developed a program to share the work from his personal and Family Foundation collections in 1997. What began as collegial partnerships with regional university museums has today expanded to an extensive exhibition program with over 160 exhibitions of art at over 120 museums across the country.
With more than 20,000 pieces of art, the collection now features major holdings of some of the most important Post-War and Contemporary Black, Indigenous, and Artists of Color. Since 1995, Jordan has worked with curators and institutions across the country to organize over twenty-five major traveling exhibitions focused on BIPOC artists.
The Foundation publishes scholarly brochures, exhibition catalogs, and catalogue raisonnés in conjunction with exhibitions drawn from the collections loaned at no additional cost to exhibiting museums. It also funds museum outreach and programming that furthers the mission of promoting education and engaging non-traditional audiences.