Hallie Ford Museum of Art to Exhibit Works on Oregon Landscape Artist Carl Hall

Willamette University Hallie Ford Museum of Art presents an exhibition on the work of Carl Hall (American, 1921-1996), a highly regarded Salem painter and teacher who captured the light, color and texture of the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast.

A retrospective exhibition of Hall's work, "Eden Again: The Art of Carl Hall," will open on Jan. 27, 2001, and continue through March 24, in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery.

Carl Hall was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Detroit, Mich., and educated at the Meinzinger School of Art in Detroit. He served in the Philippines and Okinawa during World War II and moved to Oregon in 1946. Hall joined the faculty at Willamette University in 1948, where he taught for nearly 40 years and influenced several generations of artists. For Hall, the Oregon landscape represented a place of astonishing beauty and magic that he sought to capture in paint.

The exhibition, organized by Roger Hull, professor of art history at Willamette University and a friend and former colleague of the artist, will attempt to place Hall's work within the context of his times. The exhibition will include work that spans a 60-year period and will feature a number of early works that have not been seen for nearly six decades, including "Interlochen, Michigan," 1940, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and "Cradles," 1947, from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Objects have been drawn from public and private collections in Oregon, Michigan, New York, Indiana and Massachusetts for this exhibition.

This exhibition will be accompanied by an 80-page catalogue written by Hull. This catalogue will feature an extensive essay on the artist, 66 color and black/white illustrations, a selected biography of the artist and an extensive bibliography for further reading. The exhibition catalogue will retail for $19.95 and will be available at the Hallie Ford Museum Store.

A handful of Hall's pieces will also be displayed in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center during the run of the major exhibition. To introduce the exhibition, Hull will present an illustrated slide lecture on Carl Hall's work on Jan. 26 from 5-6 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art located at 700 State Street in Salem. The galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students over 13 years old. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Tuesday is a free day for all admissions. For further information or directions, call 503-370-6855.