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Norman Lundin (American, born 1938), Music Room, 2008, oil on canvas,  37 x 67", courtesy of the artist and Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, Washington. Photo: Norman LundinNorman Lundin (American, born 1938), Music Room, 2008, oil on canvas, 37 x 67", courtesy of the artist and Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, Washington. Photo: Norman Lundin

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Norman Lundin: Inside/Outside at Hallie Ford Museum of Art

An exhibition of Seattle artist Norman Lundin’s work opens Nov. 19, 2011, and continues through Jan. 22, 2012, in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery at Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Lundin will discuss his life, art and career in an illustrated lecture on Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in the museum’s Roger Hull Lecture Hall. A preview reception will follow from 6–8 p.m. Admission to the lecture is complimentary.

Lundin is a highly regarded professor emeritus from the University of Washington who creates exquisitely rendered paintings and drawings of still lifes and landscapes. Organized by museum director John Olbrantz, the exhibition includes 30 works drawn from public and private collections.

For the past 40 years, Lundin has focused on still life and landscape. He is interested in how light characterizes and defines interior and exterior spaces. Lundin intends his work to be seen as a theatrical stage on which light articulates the void. According to Lundin, “The less you have, the more important what is there becomes.”

Born in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1938 and raised in Chicago, Ill., Lundin earned his bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1961 and his master’s in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1963. After traveling to Norway in 1963 as part of the Fulbright Program, Lundin taught at the University of Washington for the next 40 years, until his retirement in 2004. 

“Norman Lundin: Inside/Outside” has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The museum is located at 700 State Street in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University; it's open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday, and admission on Tuesday is free.

10-17-2011