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McCauley 1: Robert McCauley, “Explorer II"McCauley 1: Robert McCauley, “Explorer II"

McCauley 2: Robert McCauley, “When Worlds Collide,” 1996McCauley 2: Robert McCauley, “When Worlds Collide,” 1996

    Hallie Ford Museum of Art features Washington mixed media artist

    A 20-year survey of work from Robert McCauley, a Mt. Vernon, Wash., mixed media artist, will be on display June 6 through Aug. 2 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Organized by museum Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features 24 works drawn from public and private collections in Washington, California, Idaho and Illinois.

    Robert McCauley: Rapids and Pools will showcase the artist's exploration of 19th century moral and ethical issues and their contemporary consequences in thoughtful and provocative mixed media works. McCauley will discuss his life and art in a presentation June 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the museum. A preview reception will follow in the lobby and galleries.

    Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, McCauley received his bachelor of arts degree from Western Washington University, where he studied with mixed media artist R. Allen Jensen, and his master of fine arts degree from Washington State University, where he studied with painter Gaylen Hanson. After a long and distinguished career as a professor and chairman of the art department at Rockford College in Illinois, McCauley returned to his beloved Skagit Valley last year to live and work.

    While McCauley's paintings, drawings, installations and mixed media works are rooted in the tradition of 19th century American Romanticism, his narratives are contemporary, timely and relevant. Through the metaphorical juxtaposition of found objects, inscribed texts on frames and ambiguous titles, McCauley addresses a wide variety of contemporary themes and issues, including cultures in collision, environmental ethics, humankind's impact on nature and the appropriation of nature in art.

    Robert McCauley: Rapids and Pools is supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds 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 www.willamette.edu/museum_of_art.