December 2015 Museum News

by University Communications,

With the end of the year fast approaching, so many things are happening here at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Thank you for being part of this amazing past year and we eagerly look forward to sharing the new year with you!




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Carl Hall Gallery Receives New Look for the New Year

Beginning Dec. 15, the Carl Hall Gallery—which features art of the Pacific Northwest at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art—will be closed as the museum embarks upon a remodel and reinstallation of the gallery. The grand opening of the new installation, entitled Northwest Perspectives: Selections from the Permanent Collection, will officially take place Jan. 23, 2015.

With the reopening of the gallery, visitors can explore new ideas of landscape, narrative, identity, form and process through a variety of paintings, sculptures and mixed media that highlight both visual and conceptual relationships between historic and contemporary art.

Director John Olbrantz says, "Since the museum opened in 1998, many generous donors have come forward to help grow our permanent collection of Northwest art. This reinstallation provides the museum with an opportunity to share many previously unviewed works that capture the rich and varied expressions that have taken place during the past century, which has been marked by rapid changes in the art world, the Northwest and its landscape. The new configuration will create larger and grander spaces in which to view key works from our extensive collection."

The gallery is named after Carl Hall (1921-1986) who was known for his landscape paintings that captured the Pacific Northwest. Hall became enchanted with the Oregon landscape when he enlisted with the army during World War II and was sent to Camp Adair near Corvallis, Oregon in 1942 for training. After the war he settled with his wife in Salem and continued to be inspired by the landscape he referred to as "Eden again." As an associate professor, Hall taught art at Willamette University between 1948 and 1986.




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Rodin Sculpture Arrives

Just recently we were thrilled to receive the loan of a sculpture by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Thanks to a private lender, this sculpture will be on view through May 17, 2015. We invite you to stop by the Maribeth Collins lobby and stand face to face with Rodin’s Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Vétu.

This sculpture is from a series of six figures that Rodin created in the late 1800s as a memorial to the Hundred Years’ War (1337 to 1453) between England and France that is titled The Burghers of Calais.

Be sure to read the incredible story about six men who were willing to lay down their lives to save the people of their city in 1347.




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The Final Days of A Contemporary Bestiary

If you have not had a chance to see this exhibition, be sure to come in before Dec. 21. The animals and the terms of venery have been very popular.
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We especially want to thank everyone who has participated in the food drive for the Willamette Humane Society. We have filled the dog house in the lobby up with canned dog and cat food several times! It is not too late to participate and receive a free museum admission.
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Holiday Gift Ideas

Our elves have been busy! The museum’s store has expanded and is full of fabulous goodies. Ages 5 and above can turn their creative energy loose with the zany Zolo Toys. Discover one-of-a-kind gifts and jewelry. Stuff some stockings with museum passes or give a gift that gives all year by sharing a museum membership with someone special on your list. Gift memberships include wrapping and an exhibition catalogue.

Members Discount: at the Family Level and above, members enjoy a 10% discount in the store.




Winter Break Closure

As part of Willamette University’s Winter Break, the museum will be closed starting Dec. 22, 2014 and will reopen on January 6, 2015.

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Mark Your Calendar:
New Exhibition and Multiple Events Start in January

On Jan. 17 Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff will open in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby.

Organized by the Museum of Art at Washington State University, the exhibition features the artwork of Seattle native and Lawrence, Kansas-based artist Roger Shimomura, whose paintings and prints address socio-political issues of Asian Americans through a style that combines his childhood interest in comic books with the traditions of American Pop art and Japanese woodcut prints.

Exhibition related events include a lecture with Shimomura, who is the featured speaker at Willamette University’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration; two films: Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain and The Cats of Mirikitani; a performance of Within the Silence by Ken Mochizuki; and Tuesday Gallery Talks that explore the exhibition.

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Support the Museum and the Arts
Maximize Your Year End Tax Deductions and Credits

Act now to take advantage of these opportunities before Dec. 31.

Since opening our doors in 1998, donors have played a pivotal role in helping Hallie Ford Museum of Art to thrive. If you value the role that Hallie Ford Museum of Art plays at Willamette University and in the local community and would like to lend your support to the museum, here are some ways to do so.

1. Become a museum member
Enjoy the benefits of being a member and either all or a portion of your membership can be tax deductible.
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2. Make a tax deductible donation
Fully tax-deductible contributions which are separate from memberships, support the development and growth of the collections, educational programs for students, adults and children in our community, exhibitions, research and scholarship, as well as the ongoing operation of the museum.

  • Call 503-370-6856
  • Visit us at the museum (before Dec. 21)
  • Mail a check made out to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art to:

Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Willamette University
900 State St.
Salem, OR 97301

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3. Make a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust

Support for the Oregon Cultural Trust makes practical sense. As an investment, it helps foster the arts, humanities and culture by strengthening the economy, improving education, and bettering our quality of life. Indeed, an investment in the trust helps ensure the survival of the arts and humanities in Oregon.

Giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust is easy and simple. Unlike a tax deduction that only reduces your taxable income, you are given a tax credit for your contribution to the trust. Therefore, your contribution to the trust will reduce your Oregon Income Tax bill dollar for dollar. You receive 100% credit for every dollar you give (up to $500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples filing jointly, and $2,500 for Oregon corporations).
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