Museum Showcases Work by Women Printmakers

Work by Women Printmakers
Work by Women PrintmakersThe Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will open a major exhibition of work by women printmakers Oct. 27. Women's Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation will be on display until Jan. 20.

The exhibition presents a broad range of prints from the past 35 years by some of the foremost women printmakers at work in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. Once the exhibition closes in January, it will travel to the Art Gym at Marylhurst University in spring 2008 and to several other venues in 2008 and 2009.

"This is the third major print exhibition that we have borrowed from Jordan, who continues to be a remarkable and amazing collector and donor," says Museum Director John Olbrantz, who co-curated the exhibition with Marylhurst Art Gym Director Terri Hopkins.

The exhibition will include a full-color brochure by Robin Reisenfeld, an associate professor at Christie's Education in New York and a leading authority on modern and contemporary printmaking. She will deliver a free lecture on contemporary women printmakers Friday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall at Willamette's Collins Legal Center. A free preview reception will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the museum.

Included in the exhibition will be works by Anni Albers, Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, Suzanne Caporeal, Fay Jones, Judy Pfaff, Kiki Smith and Kara Walker, among others. A number of themes will be explored, including abstraction, humor and satire, race and gender, politics, and the environment.

Women's Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax 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. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed 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 or visit