Hallie Ford Museum of Art Announces 2006-07 Exhibitions

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University announces its exhibitions for the 2006-07 season, including works from an Oregon printmaker, art made from recycled materials and a Seattle artist's autobiographical paintings.

"I'm extremely pleased with the quality, range and diversity of temporary exhibitions planned for next year," Museum Director John Olbrantz said.

Major exhibitions scheduled for the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery include:

Frank Boyden: Prints and Books (June 10-Aug. 5) will feature the work of this Oregon printmaker and founder of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Ore. A ceramic artist and printmaker, Boyden has explored a wide variety of themes in his prints over the past 20 years, 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.

Recycled Art (Aug. 26-Nov. 4) will feature the work of a number of contemporary artists from throughout the region who fashion artwork from recycled materials. Included in the exhibition will be artists Ross Palmer Beecher, who creates traditional quilts from recycled aluminum cans; Gloria Crouse, who makes fanciful clothing from Rip-stop and plastic six-pack rings; David Gilhooly, who creates miniature tableaus from recycled plastic action figures and old puzzles; and Ron Ho, who makes exquisite jewelry from found objects.

Fay Jones: Painted Fictions (Nov. 18-Jan. 20, 2007) will feature the work of this Seattle narrative and symbolist painter who deals with a variety of autobiographical issues in her work, from growing up in New England in the 1940s and '50s to an exploration of a broad range of personal symbols that she has wrestled with for most of her professional life. The exhibition will include work from the past 20 years from Portland and Seattle collections.

George Johanson (Feb. 3-March 31, 2007) will chronicle the life and times of this Portland painter, printmaker and teacher, whose work focuses on bathers, swimmers, artists and the streets and vistas of Portland, a place he has called home since the late 1940s. The exhibition will trace Johanson's career over a 60-year time period and will feature works drawn from regional collections.

Senior Art Majors (April 14-May 12, 2007) features the work of senior art majors at Willamette. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, photography and mixed media. In addition, the exhibition features senior theses in art history.

Smaller exhibitions scheduled for the Study Gallery include:

  • Mel Katz: Recent Donations and Acquisitions (May 27-July 29),
  • The James M. Floyd Memorial: An Installation by Nancy Floyd (Aug. 5-Oct. 21),
  • The First Crow Shadow Institute Biennial (Oct. 28-Dec. 22),
  • John Van Dreal: Still Lifes and Figures (Jan. 6-March 3, 2007), and
  • Ancient Glass: Selections from the Richard Brockway Collection (March 10-May 19, 2007).

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage streets) in downtown Salem near the Willamette University campus. The museum is open 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.