Hallie Ford Museum of Art Announces 2008-09 Exhibitions

A wide variety of exhibitions are planned at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art for 2008-09, Museum Director John Olbrantz announced recently.

Major exhibitions scheduled for the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery include:

Michael Dailey: Color, Light, Time, and Place (June 7-Aug. 31). Michael Dailey is a Seattle abstract painter and professor emeritus from the University of Washington. His work focuses on the deconstruction of the landscape to its basic elements of horizon, color, light and atmosphere. The exhibition features 44 paintings and works on paper, spanning a 45-year period, drawn from public and private collections throughout the region.

The Art of Ceremony: Regalia of Native Oregon (Sept. 28, 2008-Jan. 18, 2009). This exhibition features historic and contemporary regalia from native Oregon, offering visitors a rare glimpse at the beauty, history and meaning of regalia in tribal life and thought. Included are objects made of buckskin and beadwork from the Plateau region of eastern Oregon, objects with condor feathers from the Columbia River Gorge, and objects with feather and abalone shell decoration from the Oregon Coast. The exhibition was chosen as Oregon's 2008 American Masterpieces project and was awarded $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Harry Widman: Image, Myth, and Modernism (Jan. 31-March 29, 2009). Harry Widman is a Portland painter and professor emeritus from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. The exhibition surveys his career over a 60-year period in works that explore the possibility of a "meaningful shape" in abstract painting, the role myth can play in contemporary expression, and the interplay between the physical strength of the athlete and the intellectual delicacy of the poet or philosopher in expressionist modern art.

Senior Art Majors (April 11-May 17, 2009). Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art and art history majors at Willamette. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, photography and mixed media. In addition, the exhibition features senior theses in art history.

James Thompson: The Vanishing Landscape (April 11-May 17, 2009). This exhibition focuses on a body of work that the artist has been developing for some time exploring the transformation of the rural western U.S. Thompson holds an MFA degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has been on the art faculty at Willamette University since 1986.

Smaller exhibitions scheduled for the Study Gallery include Adam Bacher: Earth, Water, and Sky (May 24-July 27); The Collector's Eye: Contemporary Art from the Leo Michelson Collection (Aug. 2-Oct. 5); The Second Crow's Shadow Institute for the Arts Biennial (Oct. 11-Dec. 21); Mary Randlett: Artist Portraits (Jan. 10-March 8, 2009); and From Hestia's Sacred Fire to Christ's Eternal Light: Ancient and Medieval Lamps from the Bogue Collection (March 14-May 17, 2009).

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 on 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