University Museum Given Large Endowment

Elizabeth Garrison, education curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, has been named The Cameron Paulin Curator of Education. The newest endowed position is funded by a $1 million gift from Portland resident Maribeth Collins and is named after the late Cameron Paulin, who taught art and art history at the University from 1949-76.

Maribeth Collins has a long history of philanthropy with Willamette University. In addition to this most recent endowed gift, she also created the The Maribeth Collins Endowed Directorship at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, currently held by Museum Director John Olbrantz.

"Maribeth has given our community a legacy of art, art appreciation and art education," said Willamette President Lee Pelton. "Because of her philanthropy, thousands of visitors to the Hallie Ford Museum have enjoyed exhibits of uncommon distinction."

As education curator, Garrison is responsible for organizing, implementing and evaluating education programs related to the University's art collection and temporary exhibitions. She serves as the liaison with local and regional school districts and will supervise and train docents. A native of California, Garrison holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and a master's degree from the University of California, Davis.

From 1990-91, Garrison was an intern in the Education and Outreach Department at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and from 1991-96, served as docent and outreach coordinator at the Jocelyn Art Museum in Omaha. In 1998, she was hired as assistant education curator at the Portland Art Museum, and in 2000, she was promoted to the position of education curator.

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 and the mid-Willamette Valley. 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.