Frank Boyden: Prints and Books

A major exhibition of prints and books by Frank Boyden, an internationally recognized Oregon ceramic artist and printmaker whose work is based on the flora and fauna of the state, will open June 10 and continue through Aug. 5 in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

As a special feature, Boyden will discuss his work June 9 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. A preview reception in honor of the artist will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lobby and galleries downstairs. The talk is free and open to the public.

Frank Boyden, 'Birth of Fossils,' 1984-85, ed. 40, 3-color lithographBorn in Portland in 1942, Boyden received his bachelor of arts degree from Colorado College and his bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from Yale University. In 1971, he returned to Oregon and established the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis. After a successful career as a ceramic artist in the 1970s and early 1980s, Boyden returned to printmaking in 1984.

Frank Boyden: Prints and Books will feature more than 20 years of Boyden's work. A prolific printmaker, Boyden has explored a wide variety of themes in his work, including animals, the landscape and most recently, the human figure. The exhibition will feature more than 90 aquatints, drypoints, etchings and lithographs drawn from the permanent collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, which has one of the largest collections of Boyden prints in the U.S. The exhibition also will include a number of Boyden's handmade art books.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a full-color, 160-page catalogue has been published. The book includes essays by Portland art writer Prudence Roberts, who attempts to place Boyden's prints within the context of modern and regional art, and the artist's son Ian Boyden, who discusses his father as a printmaker and book collaborator. The book also includes more than 160 illustrations and an extensive chronology of the artist.
Frank Boyden, 'Phoenix for Gordon,' 2001, ed. 60, drypoint, sugarlift
Frank Boyden: Prints and Books has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax Funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855.