2003-2004 Exhibitions

Terry Melton: Leda and the Swan/Letters from Jupiter

May 31 – August 16, 2003

Terry Melton is a painter, printmaker, and retired arts executive who, in the early 1990s, created a portfolio suite of 18 serigraphs and 52 poems based on the Greek legend of Leda and the Swan. The exhibition features the entire portfolio suite.


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Gaylen Hansen: Tall Tales


June 14 – August 23, 2003

Gaylen Hansen is a nationally recognized narrative painter who lives and works in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington. Central to Hansen's work is a character known as the "Kernal, a Western vagabond whose exploits in the wilds of the Palouse region are filled with animals of gigantic proportions, front porch humor, and wildly improbable twists of fate.


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Jacob Lawrence: The Hiroshima Series

August 23 – October 25, 2003

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was one of the most important African American painters of the twentieth century. In 1982 he was commissioned by Limited Editions Club of New York to illustrate a special edition of John Hersey's book Hiroshima, a chillingly objective account of the atomic bomb explosion in Japan. The following year Lawrence produced a limited edition series of prints based on the paintings.


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Yard Art

September 6 – November 1, 2003

Yard Art will feature one-of-a-kind pieces created for the backyard by artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Included in the exhibition will be sculpture, fence posts, whirligigs, gazebos, fences, birdbaths, yard furniture, birdhouses, and weathervanes. A number of artist sites will be featured in the exhibition, including Dick and Jane's Spot in Ellensburg, Washington.


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In Search of the Real St. Nicholas: Orthodox Icons from American Collections

November 1, 2003 – January 3, 2004

St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra in the fourth century AD. Over the centuries, St. Nicholas's legendary generosity and special affection for children evolved into a custom of gift-giving on his feast day of December 6 and to his gradual transformation into Santa Claus. The exhibition features a number of exquisite icons of the saint on loan from American collections.


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Robert Jones: Abstractions

November 15, 2003 – January 10, 2004

Robert Jones is a highly regarded Seattle painter and professor emeritus at the University of Washington who creates large scale, abstract works characterized by strong compositional arrangements, bold lines, and intense colors reminiscent of the French Fauves and their German counterpoint, Die Brucke. The exhibition features a range of paintings and drawings created over the past two decades.


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Helen Gilkey: Botanical Illustrations

January 10 – March 13, 2004

Helen Gilkey (1886-1972) was a nationally recognized mycologist and botanical illustrator. During her long career as curator and director of the herbarium at Oregon State University, she published many books and articles on fungi and flowering plants. The exhibition will feature a wide range of her exquisite botanical illustrations, many of which have never been shown before.


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Lillian Pitt: Spirits Keep Whistling Me Home

January 24 – March 20, 2004

Lillian Pitt is a highly regarded Native American artist whose ceramics, mixed media sculptures, and installations celebrate the rich cultural traditions of the Columbia River people. Her works bring to life the legends and values of the Columbia River people, especially the women who have preceded her.


Ancient Mexico: Meso-American Art from the 
Caroline Tarbell Tupper Collection

March 20 – May 22, 2004

Ancient Mexico features a range of Meso-American objects from the permanent collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, a recent gift of Caroline Tarbell Tupper. The collection, comprised of over 625 objects, spans over 4,500 years of Meso-American history and culture and includes objects from West Mexico, the Central Highlands of Mexico, and South Mexico.


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Senior Art Majors

April 3 – May 15, 2004

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art majors at Willamette. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, photography and mixed media.


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Robert Hess: Recent Work

April 3 – May 15, 2004

Robert Hess is on the art faculty at Willamette University, where he teaches sculpture and drawing. The exhibition features a range of work from the past four years.