Upcoming Exhibitions

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"Senior Art Majors"

April 18 – May 17, 2015

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. 

Characterized by a wide variety of styles and approaches, the exhibition will feature work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media. In addition, many of the senior art majors will discuss their work as part of free Tuesday gallery talks during the first three weeks of the exhibition.


Alexandra Opie, [italics] Echo no. 236 [/italics], 2014

Alexandra Opie, Echo no. 236 , 2014

"Alexandra Opie: Echo"

April 18 – May 17, 2015

Atrium Gallery

Alexandra Opie is an associate professor of art at Willamette University, where she teaches photography and electronic media. An exhibition of her recent work opens April 18 and continues through May 17, 2015, in the Atrium Gallery. The exhibition features a range of tintype photographs created by the artist during the past two years that explores early portrait photography techniques within a contemporary context. 


Mel Katz (American, b. 1937). [italics]Still LIfe[/italics], 2006.

Mel Katz (American, b. 1937). Still LIfe, 2006.

Mel Katz: Drawings and Small Sculptures

May 9 – July 19, 2015

Study Gallery

This exhibition has been organized to introduce visitors to Portland artist Mel Katz’s working process and is intended to supplement a fifty-year retrospective exhibition Mel Katz: On and Off the Wall taking place at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art between June 6 and August 23. 

Drawing has always been an important part of Portland artist Mel Katz’s working process. This exhibition features several of Katz's large scale drawings and small sculptures that he uses to work out some of the complex visual problems and challenges that he deals with in his final sculptures and offers valuable insights into the artist's creative process.


Mel Katz (American, b. 1937). [italics]Triad[/italics], 2006.

Mel Katz (American, b. 1937). Triad, 2006.

Mel Katz: On and Off the Wall

June 6 – September 23, 2015

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This major retrospective exhibition of Portland sculptor Mel Katz (American, b. 1932) chronicles the career of this prolific and dynamic artist who has played a prominent role in the Portland art scene for over 50 years. The exhibition features a veritable forest of Katz’s large scale abstract geometric sculptures drawn from public and private collections throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as a number of works from the artist’s studio.