Exhibition Explores Africa Through Prints

A small exhibition of African prints and related etching plates from Ashland painter and printmaker Betty LaDuke will be presented Jan. 19 through May 10 in the lobby and Print Study Center of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Betty LaDuke: Prints displays the artist's longtime interest in the people and cultures of Africa. The daughter of Russian and Polish-Jewish immigrants, LaDuke focuses her work on multicultural issues and the international places she has visited during the past 40 years. Her African work portrays the color, texture and rhythms of African rural life, exploring universal themes such as creation myths, birth and death, food production and the spirit's journey.

LaDuke traces her interest in other cultures to her work with African-American artists Charles White and Elizabeth Catlett, both of whom she credits as mentors and role models. LaDuke earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University in Los Angeles. In 1964, she accepted a full-time faculty position at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where she taught for 32 years.

Betty LaDuke: Prints is 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. 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