Ford Family Foundation grant supports museum exhibition

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University and museum Director John Olbrantz have earned a $25,000 grant from the Ford Family Foundation to support an exhibition of work by Willamette graduate Marie Watt ’90.

The exhibition, curated by anthropology Professor Rebecca Dobkins, is titled “Marie Watt: Lodge” and will be on display Feb. 4 through April 1, 2012.

Watt is a Portland-based artist who is currently living in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited across the country and purchased by major museums.

The Hallie Ford Museum exhibition will feature stacked blanket sculptures; portrait blankets of Jim Thorpe, Ira Hays, Susan B. Anthony and Joseph Beuys; and “Engine,” a felt-like cave structure that honors Watt’s Seneca forebears.

After the exhibition closes in Salem, it will travel to the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington state for display next summer.