Current Exhibitions

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MK Guth, "What Needs to Be Said," 2017

Current Exhibition

What Needs to Be Said: Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts

September 14 – December 20, 2019

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Delve into Oregon's contemporary art scene with the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Hallie Ford Fellowships in the Visual Arts program recipients. The exhibition includes the artwork of Karl Burkheimer, Ben Buswell, Tannaz Farsi, MK Guth, Anya Kivarkis, Geraldine Ondrizek, Tom Prochaska, Wendy Red Star, Jack Ryan, Blair Saxon-Hill, Storm Tharp, Samantha Wall, and Lynn Woods Turner.

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Rick Bartow, “Self” (detail), 1999

Current Exhibition

Make Your Mark: Prints from the Rick Bartow Print Archive

September 14 – December 20, 2019

The Maribeth Collins Lobby

Rick Bartow (Wiyot, 1946-2016) was a renowned Oregon artist who worked in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. This small exhibition focuses on Bartow’s devotion to drypoint etching.

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"Painted Pot," Neolithic Period, ca. 3300-2000 BCE, Yangshao cultural phase, ceramic with pigment, collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, gift of Sandra Eskin, 2018.020.003.

Current Exhibition

Point of View

October 28, 2019 – September 30, 2020

2nd Floor Landing, Hallie Ford Museum of Art

In this year's Point of View exhibition series, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Willamette University Xijuan Zhou explores a Neolithic Period painted pot from China that is part of the museum’s permanent collection.


Upcoming Exhibitions

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The ten-headed demon king Ravana from an ivory 20th century Indian set, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington, 1970.04.01.

Upcoming Exhibition

Checkmate! Chess Sets from Maryhill Museum of Art

January 7 – April 26, 2020

Study Gallery

Over the past 1000 years, the game of chess has spread across the world, crossing cultural and political boundaries. This exhibition looks at the wide range of chess sets made during the past 250 years by diverse cultures from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. While operating within a predetermined structure of the 32 game pieces, artists bring their own creativity and interpretation to each set, resulting in a wide variety themes and materials. Created with wood, glass, bone, and ivory, the sets include traditional designs, as well as abstract, non-figurative sets and narrative sets depicting mythological characters or historical figures.

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Jim Riswold, "Mussolini's Portrait"

Upcoming Exhibition

Capturing Power: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

January 7 – April 26, 2020

Print Study Center

Curated from the museum’s extensive collection of regional Northwest art, this exhibition presents prints and photographs that portray representations of power and power relationships. This exhibition asks visitors to consider who is empowered and why, as well as how the artworks in the exhibition convey a sense of power – be it political, physical, or psychological.

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John Buck, "The Times," 1991

Upcoming Exhibition

John Buck: Prints and Sculpture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

January 26 – March 29, 2020

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

John Buck is a nationally recognized Montana artist who has created a large and powerful body of woodblock prints and wood sculptures over the past four decades. Buck is a virtuoso draftsman who has learned to draw with different types of sharp tools, which he uses to explore both local and global issues in sophisticated works that are imbued with complex iconography and often layered with multiple meanings.

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Permanent Exhibitions

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Henk Pander: The Burning of the New Carissa (detail)

Permanent Exhibition

Northwest Perspectives: Selections from the Permanent Collection

On permanent view

Carl Hall 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.

The gallery 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.

This gallery is named for Carl Hall (1922-1996), who taught at Willamette University for nearly 40 years and painted a luminous record of his response to the region.

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Tillamook Wallet Basket

Permanent Exhibition

Ancestral Dialogues: Conversations in Native American Art

On permanent view

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection of American Indian art, this exhibition is organized around the concept of dialogue. The focus is on native art history as a dynamic, rich legacy from which contemporary arts grow today. Art works are placed in conversation, juxtaposed so that the work of many generations is in visual dialogue across time, telling stories of creation, transformation, and renewal. Historic baskets, bags, regalia, and lithics are displayed side by side with contemporary art works by artists such as Rick Bartow, James Lavadour, Bud Lane, Lillian Pitt, Pat Courtney Gold, and Joe Feddersen among many others.

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Relief of a Servant

Permanent Exhibition

Across Continents, Through Time

On permanent view

Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery

This exhibition features selections from the museum’s European, Asian, and American Collections, which span 4,500 years and encompass four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. On view are paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, textiles, architectural fragments, archaeological artifacts, Orthodox icons and decorative arts that will deepen visitors’ appreciation for artworks of aesthetic quality and expressive significance from cultural traditions worldwide.

Many of the works of art displayed in this gallery were generously donated to Willamette University in 1990 by Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh, and formed the basis for the creation of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Permanent Exhibition

Print Study Center

On permanent view

Print Study Center

The museum’s collections of works on paper – prints, drawings, paintings on paper, and photographs – are stored, studied and displayed in the Print Study Center. The collection includes many contemporary American works, particularly by artists of the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights include etchings by the 17th-century Dutch artist Anthonie Waterloo, and 19th-century American expatriate artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler, as well as an early pictorial photograph by Edward Steichen. Temporary exhibitions in the Print Study Center are designed to highlight works in the permanent collection, and complement and enhance the special exhibitions on view.