Current Exhibitions

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Jan Sadeler (Flemish, 1550-1600), after Maerten de Vos (Flemish, 1532-1603), "The Separation of Light and Darkness" (detail), 1587

Current Exhibition

Holy Beauty: Northern Renaissance Prints Discovered in an Early English Bible

February 10 – April 29, 2018

Study Gallery, Print Study Center and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Organized by Professor Ricardo De Mambro Santos, the exhibition explores the fascinating history of the Hexham Abbey Bible, a rare 17th-century English Bible that was printed in Cambridge, England in 1629. The Bible includes many Dutch and Flemish prints made by artists during the last half of the 16th century that were inserted into the volume after it was printed.

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Current Exhibition

Senior Art Majors 2018

April 14 – May 13, 2018

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their four years at Willamette.

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James B. Thompson, "Permanent Green" (detail), ©2017

Current Exhibition

Water is Sacred: Water is Life

April 14 – May 13, 2018

Atrium Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art pairs its annual senior art majors exhibition with a small solo exhibition of recent work by one of the faculty members in the art department at Willamette University. This year, the exhibition will focus on recent work by Professor James B. Thompson (American, born 1951), who teaches courses in painting, printmaking, drawing, and design. 


Upcoming Exhibitions

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Robert Bibler, "The Submersion (After Michelangelo)" (detail), 1997

Upcoming Exhibition

Robert Bibler: Works on Paper

May 12 – July 15, 2018

Study Gallery, Print Study Center

For more than 40 years, Robert Bibler (American, born 1948) has combined a fascination with cinematic storytelling, classic film, and Renaissance art to create a beautifully rendered and thoughtful body of work. This exhibition features drawings and mixed media works on paper created by Bibler between 1974 and 2017.

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Jim Riswold," Red Chinese Doll (in Kate Spade)" (detail), 2015-16, color digital print

Upcoming Exhibition

Jim Riswold: Undignified

June 2 – August 26, 2018

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Portland, Oregon, artist Jim Riswold takes viewers on an fun-filled and irreverent art journey as he pokes fun at taboo figures such as Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Mao Zedong, General George Custer, Vladimir Lenin, and Kim Jong Un, among others. 

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Permanent Exhibitions

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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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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.

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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.