Hallie Ford Museum Wins Award

At its recent annual conference in Portland, the Oregon Art Education Association (OAEA) recognized the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University and its Director John Olbrantz with a Certificate of Award for outstanding contributions to art education in the mid-Willamette Valley.

In nominating the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and Olbrantz, Cathey Philbrick, an art teacher at McNary High School in Salem, wrote, "Within its five years of operation, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art has significantly improved the cultural depth of visual arts in Salem. Under the leadership of John Olbrantz, the museum has expanded its collection of historic and contemporary art, presented a dynamic array of special exhibitions that have enriched the quality of life in Salem, supported a strong art education program, including lectures, films, and school tours, and offered low admission and free admission to school groups."

The OAEA is a non-profit, educational organization of art educators and others from throughout the state of Oregon. Its purpose is to promote art education through professional development, service, advocacy, and leadership. Each year, the OAEA recognizes several Oregon individuals or organizations for their contribution to art education, as well as a number of individuals within their organization. In total, OAEA bestowed 10 awards this year.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural, and intellectual resource for Willamette University, the City of Salem, the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond. It includes four permanent galleries and two temporary exhibition spaces. Permanent galleries focus on European, Asian, and American art, Native American baskets, historic and contemporary regional art, and European and American works on paper. Temporary exhibitions feature historic and contemporary art.

The Museum is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the Willamette University campus. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free and Tuesday is an admission free day.

For further information, please call 503/370-6855.