Michael C. Spafford discusses his career and artwork April 12

by University Communications,

Michael C. Spafford, a noted Seattle painter, printmaker and professor emeritus from the University of Washington, will give a free lecture Friday, April 12 in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The talk, “PINGO ERGO SUM (I paint, therefore I am),” will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session and an opening reception. The lecture will center on Spafford’s career and artwork — with a focus on his engagement with Greek mythology themes.

An exhibition of Spafford’s woodcuts, titled “Michael C. Spafford: Hercules and Other Greek Legends,” opened recently and continues through April 28 in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Organized by faculty curator and art history professor Ann M. Nicgorski, the exhibition features a range of woodcut prints created by the artist during the past 30 years — including “12 Labors of Hercules” and representations of other popular Greek legends and myths.

The lecture/conversation is sponsored by Willamette's Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Additional support is provided by the Verda Karen McCracken Young Art Exhibition Fund of the Department of Art History at Willamette University.