Hallie Ford Museum of Art closes gallery for reinstallation project

by University Communications,

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, "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, Ore. 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.