Art and architecture
By Janet Casello Johnson, WSU News
Video by Matt Haugen, WSU News
The retrospective of architect Jim Olson’s career drew artists, architects and art collectors from Seattle and New York City. The show is an example of how Chris Bruce, director of the museum at Washington State University, is using his connections in the art world to debut top-flight exhibits in Pullman.
September 30-December 10, 2011
Reception: Thursday, September 29, 6 pm, Lecture: 7 pm in CUB Auditorium
The Museum of Art/WSU is proud to present a career overview of one of the Northwest’s most significant architects, Jim Olson.
Olson has long been inspired by the relationship of architecture, art and nature. A primary focus of his work is creating residences for major art collectors. The interplay between interior space for display and exterior view is a signature element in Olson’s design approach. A graduate of the University of Washington department of Architecture, Jim established his own firm in Seattle in 1966 and the office has since grown into a diverse practice with an international reputation, now known as Olson Kundig Architects. Jim was the recipient of the 2007 Seattle American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor, and the firm won the National AIA Firm of the Year Award in 2009. Along with Olson’s numerous built designs for major art collectors around the world, is the recently opened “Lightcatcher Building” for the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington.