Past Exhibitions

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John Buck (American, b. 1946), The Times, 1991, edition 2/15, eleven color woodcut with rubber stamp, 53.5 x 36.25 in., collection of Harsch Investment Properties, © 2019 John Buck / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Strode Photographic LLC.

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

January 26 – March 15, 2020

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This exhibition was set to close March 29 and closed early due to COVID-19 

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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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 – March 15, 2020

Study Gallery

This exhibition was set to close April 26 and closed early due to COVID-19


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," 2006, digital print, gift of the artist, collection of Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, 2006.015.003. Photo: Dale Peterson.

Capturing Power: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

January 7 – March 16, 2020

Print Study Center

This exhibition was set to close April 26 and closed early due to COVID-19


Curated from the museum’s extensive collection of regional Northwest art, and the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts archive housed at the museum, 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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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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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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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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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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Alexandra Opie, "Enchinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)" (detail), 2016

Alexandra Opie: Wonder Box

April 20 – May 19, 2019

Atrium Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art pairs its annual senior art majors exhibition with a small solo exhibition of recent work by one of the faculty members in the art department at Willamette University. This year, the exhibition will focus on recent work by Alexandra Opie (American, born 1974), who serves as chair of the art department and teaches courses in photography and electronic media.
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Senior Art Majors 2019: (re:phrase)

April 20 – May 19, 2019

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their four years at Willamette.


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