Exhibition Explores Artist's Reaction to Apartheid

An exhibition of works by South African painter and sculptor Andries Fourie, the newest member of Willamette University's art faculty, opens April 12 and will be on display through May 11 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Andries Fourie: Recent Work will be held in the Atrium Gallery and will coincide with the senior art majors exhibition in the Melvin-Henderson-Rubio Gallery. Fourie will give a free gallery talk about his work Tuesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. at the museum.

"Andries Fourie is doing some of the most exciting and thought-provoking work in the region," Museum Director John Olbrantz said.

Fourie, of Afrikaner heritage, was born and raised in South Africa and educated in California as a painter and sculptor. He uses his art to address the horrors of war and the tragedy of apartheid. The exhibition will feature a range of work from the past few years, including such powerful recent works as "Asking the Ancestors for Answers" and "Denial's Antidote." Fourie joined the Willamette faculty in 2006.

Andries Fouries: Recent Work is supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (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. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855 or visit