Governor appoints Willamette professor emeritus to Oregon Arts Commission

Gov. Ted Kulongoski recently appointed Roger Hull, Willamette professor emeritus of art history and an adjunct curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, to the Oregon Arts Commission.

Hull will join with eight other commissioners to provide leadership and funding for arts programs in the state. The commission establishes policies for public support of the arts and explores the role of art in the daily lives of Oregonians — an area that Hull has focused on for many years.

"I have sought to relate Northwest creative traditions to broader trends for four decades," Hull says. "I have become familiar with the work of many area artists, and I bring that background to the important work of the Arts Commission — supporting and promoting the work of Oregon artists."

Hull taught courses on American art and architecture at Willamette for 40 years before retiring last spring. He also co-directed an interdisciplinary post-session in Italy, and was named Oregon Professor of the Year in 1993.

One of his most important contributions to Oregon art was envisioning and helping to establish the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette in 1998. He served as a faculty curator since its opening, curating many exhibitions and publishing accompanying books on the works of Carl Hall, Jan Zach, Charles Heaney, George Johanson and Harry Widman.

In January, Hull will publish a sixth book and curate two exhibitions of the works of Oregon painter Henk Pander. "Henk Pander: Drawings," a small show of Pander's drawings, will be on display Jan. 8-March 13. "Henk Pander: Memory and Modern Life," a larger retrospective of the artist's work from the past 50 years, opens Jan. 29 and will be on display through March 27.