Jundt Art Museum Earns Grant, Book Recognitions

August 18, 2015
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State Arts Commission has awarded the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University a 2016 project support grant for $4,000 to support its 2016 spring semester exhibition, “Fifty Masterworks from the Print Collection of the Jundt Art Museum.”

The museum earned the grant in the category for midsized arts organizations for projects between August 2015 and June 2016. Project Support grants from the Washington State Arts Commission provide funding for arts organizations, community service groups, and local or tribal governments that provide arts events targeted to public audiences in Washington state. This funding supports a diverse array of performances, exhibitions, workshops, and services to expand arts engagement and arts participation.

“The museum is extremely grateful to the Washington State Arts Commission,” stated Paul Manoguerra, director and curator of the Jundt Art Museum. “The museum staff views this grant support as recognition of the importance and the quality of the print collection, beginning with the large gift of objects from Norman and Esther Bolker in 1984, held by Gonzaga University for the benefit of its audiences.”

The exhibition “Fifty Masterworks from the Print Collection of the Jundt Art Museum” opens Jan. 9 and runs through April 2 in celebration of the museum’s 20th academic year anniversary, and will feature works by Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Francisco Goya, Wassily Kandinsky, Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Andy Warhol, and 42 other artists collected by the museum and the University.

‘Amen, Amen’ Book Earns Recognition

Recently, the Jundt Art Museum garnered recognition for its exhibition publication, “Amen, Amen: Religion and Southern Self-Taught Artists in the Mullis Collection.” The book earned a 2015 Award of Publication Excellence at the annual meeting of the Washington Museum Association at the Maryhill Museum of Art in June. The Washington Museum Association noted that “with a well-written and researched essay and lavish illustrations,” the book “has set an elevated standard for all museums throughout Washington state.”

“Amen, Amen” served as the catalogue for the exhibition of Southern folk art from a private collection in Atlanta that was held at the museum during fall semester 2014. The book also had previously been named as a finalist for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing in the Art category.

Located on the west end of the Gonzaga University Campus, the Jundt Art Museum provides space for traveling exhibitions and houses Gonzaga’s growing art collection. The collection includes prints from the Bolker, Baruch, and Jacobs Collections, gifts of Norman and Esther Bolker, Anne Baruch, and Jack and Kitty Jacobs, respectively; major pieces of glass art by Dale Chihuly, gifts of Jim and Joann Jundt and Duff and Dorothy Kennedy; bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin, gifts of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and Collections; works on paper purchased thanks to support from the Sahlin Foundation and the Frederick & Genevieve Schlatter Print Fund, and paintings, ceramics, photographs and tapestries.

The museum’s exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays and University holidays. For more information, at (509) 313-6843 or visit the museum’s website.