Jim Olson´s «Art for Architecture” :: WSU News Center – Exhibit showcases WSU museum expertise

Art and architecture

By Janet Casello Johnson, WSU News

Video by Matt Haugen, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – The new Museum of Art/WSU exhibit «Art for Architecture” seems larger than life. And the patrons assembled for the opening reception Thursday, Sept. 29, could be described that way too.
Jim Olson FAIA
Jim Olson FAIA

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.

The exhibit also shows how art connects with other aspects of higher education at WSU, said eminent Northwest architect Olson. He said his work brings together the disciplines of landscape architecture, interior design, architecture and art.
The art/architecture connection has been appreciated by his art collector clients, some of whom were at the reception.
Jeff Brotman, co-founder and chairman of the board of Costco, called Olson «a genius.”
Olson remodeled the Brotman’s 1950s Lake Washington home three times before it was torn down to make room for their new Olson – designed home. It boasts 22-foot ceilings and natural lighting to showcase the art they have collected for more than 30 years.
Olson made trips to Pullman to consult with Bruce during the nine months the exhibit was in the works. Owners of Olson-designed homes contributed some of their art for the show.

vía WSU News Center – Exhibit showcases WSU museum expertise.

Jim Olson:  Architecture for Art

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.

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