Current Exhibitions

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Rick Bartow, "Crow Shadow" (detail), 2013, lithograph

Current Exhibition

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25

September 16 – December 22, 2017

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This exhibition chronicles the history of Crow’s Shadow over the past 25 years as it emerged as an important native printmaking atelier located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon.

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Current Exhibition

nic & sloy: side by side

November 3, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Salem artists Dave and Sandra Nichols (under the pseudonyms “nic” and “sloy”) create new interpretations of archaic myths and customs from combinations of found objects and fragments of language.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibition

M.K. Guth: Paying Attention

January 20 – March 31, 2018

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

MK Guth is a nationally-recognized Portland, Oregon conceptual artist who teaches Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. The exhibition features a range of earlier site-specific installations that are intended to illuminate how social interaction is shaped through rites and treasured objects, as well as a series of new site-specific installations that activate objects from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s permanent collection and Willamette’s archives that encourage visitors to interact with them.

Permanent Exhibitions

Henk Pander: [italics]The Burning of the New Carissa[/italics] (detail)

Henk Pander: The Burning of the New Carissa (detail)

Permanent Exhibition

Northwest Perspectives: Selections from the Permanent Collection

On permanent view

Carl Hall Gallery

Visitors can explore new ideas of landscape, narrative, identity, form and process through a variety of paintings, sculptures and mixed media that highlight both visual and conceptual relationships between historic and contemporary art.

The gallery provides the museum with an opportunity to share many previously unviewed works that capture the rich and varied expressions that have taken place during the past century, which has been marked by rapid changes in the art world, the Northwest and its landscape.

This gallery is named for Carl Hall (1922-1996), who taught at Willamette University for nearly 40 years and painted a luminous record of his response to the region.

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[italics]Tillamook Wallet Basket[/italics]

Tillamook Wallet Basket

Permanent Exhibition

Ancestral Dialogues: Conversations in Native American Art

On permanent view

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection of American Indian art, this exhibition is organized around the concept of dialogue. The focus is on native art history as a dynamic, rich legacy from which contemporary arts grow today. Art works are placed in conversation, juxtaposed so that the work of many generations is in visual dialogue across time, telling stories of creation, transformation, and renewal. Historic baskets, bags, regalia, and lithics are displayed side by side with contemporary art works by artists such as Rick Bartow, James Lavadour, Bud Lane, Lillian Pitt, Pat Courtney Gold, and Joe Feddersen among many others.

[italics]Relief of a Servant[/italics]

Relief of a Servant

Permanent Exhibition

Across Continents, Through Time

On permanent view

Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery

This exhibition features selections from the museum’s European, Asian, and American Collections, which span 4,500 years and encompass four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. On view are paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, textiles, architectural fragments, archaeological artifacts, Orthodox icons and decorative arts that will deepen visitors’ appreciation for artworks of aesthetic quality and expressive significance from cultural traditions worldwide.

Many of the works of art displayed in this gallery were generously donated to Willamette University in 1990 by Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh, and formed the basis for the creation of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Permanent Exhibition

Print Study Center

On permanent view

Print Study Center

The museum’s collections of works on paper – prints, drawings, paintings on paper, and photographs – are stored, studied and displayed in the Print Study Center. The collection includes many contemporary American works, particularly by artists of the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights include etchings by the 17th-century Dutch artist Anthonie Waterloo, and 19th-century American expatriate artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler, as well as an early pictorial photograph by Edward Steichen. Temporary exhibitions in the Print Study Center are designed to highlight works in the permanent collection, and complement and enhance the special exhibitions on view.