Hallie Ford Museum of Art Announces 2007-08 Exhibitions

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University plans a wide variety of exhibitions for 2007-08, including musical instruments made from found objects, prints from contemporary women artists and works from a South African Willamette professor.

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

Ken Butler: Hybrid Visions (June 9-Aug. 26) features the work of this mixed media artist who creates inventive and humorous hybrid instruments from found objects, including film-reel guitars, cowboy boot violins, axe cellos and Styrofoam-packaging pianos. Organized in collaboration with The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, the exhibition will feature about 60 works on loan from the artist.

Women's Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Jordan Schnitzer Collection (Oct. 27-Jan. 20) includes prints by a number of female artists, including Anni Albers, Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, Suzanne Caporael, Fay Jones and Kara Walker. A wide variety of themes will be explored, including abstraction, humor and satire, politics, race and gender, and the environment.

James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint (Feb. 2-March 30) features the work of this nationally recognized Oregon artist known for his exploration of landscape as both inspiration and subject. Since 2000, Lavadour has focused on the properties of paint, creating works he describes as "intersections" between his better-known landscapes and his lesser-known abstract architectural structures. The exhibition will examine the conceptual layers underlying Lavadour's work of the past eight years.

Senior Art Majors (April 12-May 11) showcases the work of senior art majors at Willamette. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, photography and mixed media. In addition, the exhibition features senior theses in art history.

Andries Fourie: Recent Work (April 12-May 11) will introduce audiences to the work of the newest member of the art faculty at Willamette. Born and raised in South Africa and educated in California as a painter and sculptor, Fourie's work addresses the horrors of war and the tragedy of apartheid. The exhibition will feature a range of work from the past few years.

Smaller exhibitions scheduled for the Study Gallery include When 6 WAS 9: Rock Posters from San Francisco, 1966-71 (May 26-Aug. 26); Amanda Snyder: Structures (Oct. 13-Nov. 25); Don Bailey: Spider and the Bureau, The Blanket Series (Dec. 1-Jan. 13); Yoruba Sculpture: Selections from the Mary Johnston Collection (Jan. 19-March 16); and Piranesi: Views of Rome (March 22-May 18).

The museum will be closed Aug. 27 to Sept. 30 for renovation and will re-open Oct. 1.

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. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on 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.