Hallie Ford Museum of Art features installation by Portland artist

A new installation by Portland mixed media artist Heidi Schwegler will be on display May 23 through July 19 in the Study Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. The installation will include a range of sculptural objects, prints and film that focus on "a moment of anguish."

The title of the Schwegler's installation, "Slipping Underwater," refers to a phrase that is often used when a person is about to drown. It is quiet and beautiful and says nothing of the horrible struggle and anguish that occurs just before the person slips underwater. For the artist, it is very similar to personal anguish.

Schwegler is an associate professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Kansas and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Oregon and has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions during the past ten years.

Heidi Schwegler: Slipping Underwater has been 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