Schnitzer, who began collecting art as a teenager in Portland, Oregon, now has 19,000 works of art in his collection. According to him, nature and art are the only respites humans have from the chaos of the modern world.
A few years ago, while visiting Tucson on business, Schnitzer met staff at the AU Art Museum and he and his Family Foundation offered to loan some of his works for free for an exhibition.
Olivia Miller, who hosted âThe Art of Food,â accepted the offer. In 2018, she traveled to Portland to take a look at Schnitzer’s collection and find inspiration.
âThe theme of food kept coming back to me. There were hundreds of works depicting food. We could do this show two more times without repeating any of the artwork in his collection, âMiller said.
She dwelled on this theme for several reasons, including the designation of Tucson as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, the AU’s involvement in cutting-edge food science research and the prevalence of food insecurity in Tucson.
Also, as a university art museum, “every exhibit that we approach, we really strive to do so with the goal of getting as many people as possible from across campus to come and see it,” Miller said. âWe try to have exhibitions that give us the chance to do interdisciplinary programming and give us the chance to engage with professors and staff from different departments. And food is such a pervasive subject that it was sort of the perfect subject to do it. “