“For me, waking up each day without art around me would be like waking up without the sun. When you live with art around you, your mind and soul are filled with the beauty of life and the creativity of the human spirit.”Jordan D. Schnitzer

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into his lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection exceeds 13,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be the country’s largest private print collection. He and his Family Foundation generously lend work from the collections to qualified institutions and have organized over 110 exhibitions at more than 150 museums.

Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, which owns and operates office, multi-tenant industrial, multi-family and retail properties in six western states.


Professional Affiliations




  • Director, Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR – 1995–1997
  • Member, City of Portland Downtown Alignment Oversight Group, Portland, OR – 1995–1997
  • Director, The Japanese Garden Society of Oregon, Portland, OR – 1977–1997
    President, 1987–1989
  • Director, Providence Medical Foundation, Portland, OR – 1993–1997
  • Member, ArtFair/Seattle Advisory Committee, Seattle, WA – 1992–1997
  • Co-Chair, Multnomah Athletic Club Exercise and Conditioning Committee, Portland – 1990–1994
  • Trustee, Robison Jewish Home for the Elderly, Portland, OR – 1981–1994
    President, 1991–1993
  • Chairman, City of Portland Light Rail Transit Committee, Portland, OR – 1989–1990, 1994
  • Chairman, City of Portland Rail Alignment Committee, Portland, OR – 1991–1992
  • Trustee, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Portland, OR – 1990–1992
  • Member, University of Oregon Business Advisory Council, Eugene, OR – 1985–1990
  • Trustee, Temple Beth Israel, Portland, OR – 1982–1988
  • Trustee, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR – 1981–1987
    Secretary, 1986–1987
  • Chairman, $1.5 Million May Senior Apartments Committee – 1981–1983
  • Executive Committee, Boy Scouts of America, Columbia Pacific Council, Portland, OR – 1980–1985
  • Member, Associates of Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, OR – 1980–1983