2019-2020 Exhibitions

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John R. Stahl, "Round Butte View" (detail), 1984

John R. Stahl: Oregon Artist

May 11 – August 11, 2019

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

John R. Stahl was a multi-talented artist, educator, and environmental activist who graduated from the Museum Art School in Portland and who lived and worked near Tillamook on the Oregon Coast. Organized by professor emeritus and senior faculty curator Roger Hull, the exhibition will feature a range of Stahl’s artwork from the past 45 years, including paintings, assemblages, and works on paper drawn from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s permanent collection and several private collections.

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George Rodriguez, "Mykyta," 2016

George Rodriguez: Embellished Narratives

June 8 – August 25, 2019

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Seattle artist George Rodriguez creates figurative ceramic sculptures that explore current political issues as well as his own Mexican-American heritage and cultural similarities that connect people from across the world. The exhibition will look at Rodriguez's work from the past 10 years and has been organized by curator of collections and exhibitions Jonathan Bucci.

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Carol Hausser, “At the World's Edge” (detail), 2001

Custom Made Imperatives: Watercolors by Carol Hausser

August 24 – December 1, 2019

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Carol Hausser is an immensely talented Salem watercolor painter and retired art instructor at Chemeketa Community College. The exhibition features a range of Hausser’s abstract watercolors from the past 35 years.

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

Checkmate! Chess Sets from the Maryhill Museum of Art

January 7 – April 26, 2020

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

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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John Buck, "The Times," 1991

John Buck: Prints and Sculpture from the Collection 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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