2013-2014 Exhibitions

Constance Fowler, [italics]Heceta Lighthouse, Oregon Coast[/italics], 1938

Constance Fowler, Heceta Lighthouse, Oregon Coast, 1938

Constance Fowler: Tradition and Transition

May 11 – July 21, 2013

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Constance Fowler (1907-1996) was a painter, printmaker, author, and educator who taught at Willamette University from 1935 to 1947.  Best known for the expressive realism of her paintings and wood engravings produced in the 1930s and 1940s in Oregon, she would eventually work in personal variations of abstract movements that dominated American art after 1950.


John Rock (American, 1919-1993), [italics]First Class Carriage on the Midlands[/italics], no date, lithograph, 21 in. x 14 in., Hallie Ford Museum of Art, gift of Jon Jay Cruson, 2006.033.001.

John Rock (American, 1919-1993), First Class Carriage on the Midlands, no date, lithograph, 21 in. x 14 in., Hallie Ford Museum of Art, gift of Jon Jay Cruson, 2006.033.001.

On Demand

May 21 – August 4, 2013

Maribeth Collins Lobby

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art invited their Facebook friends to curate an experimental exhibition entitled “On Demand.” 


Holly Andres, [italics]The Secret Portal[/italics], 2008

Holly Andres, The Secret Portal, 2008

Holly Andres: The Homecoming

June 1 – August 4, 2013

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Holly Andres is a Portland photographer who creates stunningly beautiful and evocative color photographs that deal with personal narrative and feminist subjectivity. Her imagery, says Andres “…relies on the tension between an apparently approachable subject matter and a dark, sometimes disturbing subtext.”  A major exhibition of her work will open on June 1 and continue through August 4, 2013, in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery.


Jacob Lawrence, [italics]The Ant and the Grasshopper[/italics], 1969

Jacob Lawrence, The Ant and the Grasshopper, 1969

Jacob Lawrence: Aesop's Fables

August 3 – October 27, 2013

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is widely regarded as one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century for his paintings and prints that often portrayed African American life, culture, and history. This exhibition features 23 original drawings that Lawrence created for the 1970 Simon and Schuster publication of Aesop's Fables.


David Roberts, [italics]El Khasnè, Petra[/italics], detail, 1842

David Roberts, El Khasnè, Petra, detail, 1842

David Roberts: Travels in the Holy Land

August 10 – December 22, 2013

Maribeth Collins Lobby

David Roberts (1796-1864) was a Scottish painter who traveled to the Near East in the late 1830s and produced a series of bound, hand-colored lithographs of Egypt and the Holy Land in the 1840s from sketches made during his travels. Lauded for their artistic merit as well as their scholarly contributions, these folios provided Europeans, and eventually Americans, with their first views of the exotic Orient, changing forever their vision of Egypt and the Middle East. This small exhibition features several of Roberts’ prints.  


[italics]Head of Gudea[/italics], Iraq, possibly from Telloh, Second Dynasty of Lagash, reign of Gudea, ca. 2144-2124 BCE, diorite, 3 ¾ x 3 ½ x 3 ½ in. (9.5 x 9 x 9 cm). University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, B16664

Head of Gudea, Iraq, possibly from Telloh, Second Dynasty of Lagash, reign of Gudea, ca. 2144-2124 BCE, diorite, 3 ¾ x 3 ½ x 3 ½ in. (9.5 x 9 x 9 cm). University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, B16664

Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections

August 31 – December 22, 2013

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is pleased to present “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections.” This major exhibition will feature 64 ancient artworks that date from approximately 6000 BCE to 500 BCE and encompass the geographic regions of Mesopotamia, Syria and the Levant, Anatolia and Iran.


Frank La Pena, [italics]Gatekeepers' of the Invisible[/italics], 2012

Frank La Pena, Gatekeepers' of the Invisible, 2012

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial

November 9, 2013 – February 2, 2014

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial will feature a selection of contemporary prints created at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon during the past two years. Organized by Willamette University Professor Rebecca Dobkins and Crow’s Shadow Master Printer Frank Janzen, the exhibition will open November 9, 2013 and continue through February 2, 2014, in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center.


Whiting Tennis, [italics]White Nun[/italics], 2006; lumber, plywood, paint and asphalt;  67.5” x 25” x 27”; courtesy of the artist and the Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

Whiting Tennis, White Nun, 2006; lumber, plywood, paint and asphalt; 67.5” x 25” x 27”; courtesy of the artist and the Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

Whiting Tennis: My Side of the Mountain

January 18 – March 23, 2014

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Whiting Tennis is a Seattle-based mixed media artist who merges interests in folk and Pop art with surrealism in his artworks, which include paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and collages. Often derived from doodles and automatic drawings, his art combines Western landscapes, lonely forms, and dilapidated buildings to create a distinctly American narrative. Organized by Collection Curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition will feature a range of work from the past 10 years.

Constance Fowler, [italics]The Big Snow (Waldo Hills)[/italics], 1930s

Constance Fowler, The Big Snow (Waldo Hills), 1930s

Winter is Good

January 21 – March 23, 2014

Maribeth Collins Lobby

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem "Winter is Good," this selection of works from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's permanent collection celebrates the quiet charm and stark beauty of the season.


Keith Achepohl, [italics]Untitled 39[/italics] (detail), 2011-2013

Keith Achepohl, Untitled 39 (detail), 2011-2013

Keith Achepohl: If It Please You Lord

February 15 – April 27, 2014

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Achepohl is a nationally recognized artist and Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Iowa who lives in Eugene. During the past four years, he has created a series of remarkable images inspired by ex-votos. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features 40 mixed media works on paper and includes a selection of 19th- and 20th-century ex-votos from the artist's collection.


Heidi Preuss Grew, [italics]Into the Wilderness[/italics] (detail), 2011

Heidi Preuss Grew, Into the Wilderness (detail), 2011

Heidi Preuss Grew: Into the Wilderness

April 12 – May 11, 2014

Atrium Gallery

Heidi Preuss Grew is an associate professor of art at Willamette University, where she teaches ceramics and drawing. An exhibition of Preuss Grew's recent work will be open April 12 and continue through May 11, 2014 in the Atrium Gallery. 


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Senior Art Majors

April 12 – May 11, 2014

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 and includes work in a variety of media, from painting, drawing, printmaking and photography to sculpture, ceramics, installation and mixed media.