Hallie Ford Museum of Art earns grant to support traveling exhibition

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Western States Arts Federation to support the traveling exhibition "James B. Thompson: The Vanishing Landscape."

The exhibit of works by Thompson, a Willamette art professor, explores the transformation of the rural western U.S. and was on display at the Hallie Ford last spring.

The grant will enable the exhibition to travel to five venues throughout the region: the Pendleton Center for the Arts in Pendleton, Ore.; the Hoffman Gallery at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in Portland; the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore.; the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Wash.; and the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, Calif.

Thompson has been on the Willamette art faculty since 1986 and has a bachelor's from Ripon College in Wisconsin and a master's in fine arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

The mid-career exhibition is accompanied by a monograph written by Henry M. Sayre, professor at Oregon State University-Cascades, and a teachers' packet prepared by Elizabeth Garrison, the Cameron Paulin Curator of Education at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The museum is located at 700 State St. in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. For more information, call 503-370-6855 or visit