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Hallie Ford Museum of Art announces 2011-12 exhibitions

A wide variety of innovative and historically-significant exhibitions have been planned for the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s 2011-2012 season. “I’m extremely pleased with the quality, range and diversity of major exhibitions planned for next year,” announced director John Olbrantz.

Exhibitions scheduled for the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery include the following:

“Ross Palmer Beecher: Americana”
June 4-July 31, 2011
Ross Palmer Beecher is a Seattle mixed media artist who creates work from aluminum cans and found objects. Subjects include quilts and flags as well as portraits of famous film directors and American folk heroes. Organized by director John Olbrantz, the exhibition will feature a range of works from the past 25 years.

Timeless Renaissance: Italian Drawings from the Alessandro Maggiori Collection
Aug. 13-Nov. 6, 2011
The exhibition will feature 75 drawings acquired by Count Alessandro Maggiori during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Organized by Willamette art history professor Ricardo De Mambro Santos, the exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into Maggiori as an art collector and into the historical importance of Maggiori’s collection during the Napoleonic occupation of Italy. The collection was only recently rediscovered and has never been exhibited before outside of Italy.   

Norman Lundin: Inside/Outside
Nov. 19, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012
Norman Lundin is a Seattle painter and professor emeritus from the University of Washington who creates exquisitely rendered paintings as well as still life and landscape drawings. Organized by director John Olbrantz, the exhibition will feature a range of works from the past 15 years.

Marie Watt: Lodge
Feb. 4-April 1, 2012
Marie Watt is a nationally recognized Portland mixed media artist whose work explores human stories and ritual implicit in everyday objects. Organized by Willamette anthropology professor Rebecca Dobkins, the exhibition will feature a range of work from the past decade, including portrait blankets of Jim Thorpe, Ira Hays, Susan B. Anthony and Joseph Beuys. Work also includes stacked blanket sculptures and “Engine,” a felt cave-like structure that honors the artist’s Seneca forefathers.

Senior Art Majors
April 14-May 13, 2012
Each spring, the museum features the work of senior art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their studies and includes work in a variety of media, from painting, drawing, printmaking and photography to sculpture, ceramics, installation and mixed media.

Smaller exhibitions in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center include: “Lord and Schryver: Shaping our Cultural Landscape,” June 22-Sept. 18, 2011; “Georges Rouault: The Misery and War Series,” Oct. 1-Dec. 23, 2011; “The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial,” Jan. 14-March 11, 2012; and “West African Sculpture: Selections from the Mary Johnston Collection,” March 24-June 3, 2012.

The museum is located at 700 State Street 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, and admission on Tuesday is free.

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