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Charles E. Heaney: Memory, Imagination, and Place

Charles E. Heaney, Self-portrait [detail]Charles E. Heaney (1897-1981) was a highly regarded Oregon painter and printmaker who, over a 60-year period, created a powerful body of work that is remarkable for its consistency, enormity, and complex emotional expressiveness.

Born in Oconto Falls, Wis., in 1897, Heaney moved to Portland in 1913 and spent the next 67 years in Oregon, earning a coveted place in the history of Oregon art. A major retrospective of Heaney's work, Charles E. Heaney: Memory, Imagination and Place, will open Jan. 22 and continue through March 19 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Organized by Roger Hull, professor of art at Willamette University, the exhibition includes Heaney's urban "demolition" series based on the razing of old buildings in Portland, his renderings of the remote landscape of eastern Oregon and Nevada, and his numerous self-portraits to his icon-like portraits of women. The exhibition also includes a number of Heaney's woodcut prints of Portland neighborhoods and small Oregon towns and aquatints based on plants, fish, and fossil forms.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a full-color, 128-page exhibition catalogue has been published. The book includes an introduction by Eugene collector Roger Saydack on the relationship between Heaney and C.S. Price, an extensive essay by Hull that places Heaney's work within the context of his times, endnotes to the essay, a biography of the artist, and more than 80 color and black and white illustrations. The exhibition catalogue will be distributed by the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London.

As a special feature, Hull will present a free illustrated slide lecture of Charles Heaney's work on Friday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, at Willamette University.

Charles E. Heaney: Memory, Imagination and Place has been supported by Willamette University and by contributions from friends, relatives, and collectors of Charles Heaney.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. 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.

01-20-2005