Current Exhibitions

Keith Achepohl, [italics]Untitled 39[/italics] (detail), 2011-2013

Keith Achepohl, Untitled 39 (detail), 2011-2013

Keith Achepohl: If It Please You Lord

February 15 – April 27, 2014

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Achepohl is a nationally recognized artist and Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Iowa who lives in Eugene. During the past four years, he has created a series of remarkable images inspired by ex-votos. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features 40 mixed media works on paper and includes a selection of 19th- and 20th-century ex-votos from the artist's collection.


Heidi Preuss Grew, [italics]Into the Wilderness[/italics] (detail), 2011

Heidi Preuss Grew, Into the Wilderness (detail), 2011

Heidi Preuss Grew: Into the Wilderness

April 12 – May 11, 2014

Atrium Gallery

Heidi Preuss Grew is an associate professor of art at Willamette University, where she teaches ceramics and drawing. An exhibition of Preuss Grew's recent work will be open April 12 and continue through May 11, 2014 in the Atrium Gallery. 


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Senior Art Majors

April 12 – May 11, 2014

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their four years at Willamette and includes work in a variety of media, from painting, drawing, printmaking and photography to sculpture, ceramics, installation and mixed media.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Richard C. Elliott (1945-2008). [italics]Vibrational Field #3[/italics] (detail), c. 2008. Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Maribeth Collins Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.030.003.

Richard C. Elliott (1945-2008). Vibrational Field #3 (detail), c. 2008. Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Maribeth Collins Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.030.003.

"Richard C. Elliott: Works on Paper"

May 10 – July 20, 2014

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

During his lifetime, Dick Elliott created a wide variety of works on paper. The Study Gallery features paintings and prints (and even two sculptures) that were created in the 1980s when he was heavily influenced by Australian Aboriginal art and performance art. The Print Study Center includes prints from the last few years of his life, when he began an almost obsessive exploration of color and pattern in his quest to connect with the primal sources of art.  


Richard C. Elliott (1945-2008). [italics]Medicine Hut[/italics], 1983. Paint, reflectors, wood, feathers, and nails on canvas; 55 x 55”. Collection of Jane Orleman, Ellensburg, Washington.

Richard C. Elliott (1945-2008). Medicine Hut, 1983. Paint, reflectors, wood, feathers, and nails on canvas; 55 x 55”. Collection of Jane Orleman, Ellensburg, Washington.

"Richard C. Elliott: Primal Op"

May 31 – August 24, 2014

The Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Richard C. Elliott was a nationally recognized mixed media artist who lived and worked in Ellensburg, Wash. A major retrospective exhibition of Elliott’s work will open May 31 and continue through Aug. 24, 2014 in the Maribeth Collins Lobby, Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery, Study Gallery and Print Study Center. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition will feature a range of prints, drawings, sculptures, reflector paintings and related ephemera from the past four decades.

Permanent Exhibitions

Carl Hall: [italics]Fog Women Totem[/italics]

Carl Hall: Fog Women Totem

On The Edge: Pacific Northwest Art from the Permanent Collection

On permanent view

Carl Hall Gallery

The exhibition begins with the story Oregon’s pioneers of modernism and moves through the present day. On view are works created in the 1930s by artists such as C.S. Price, Charles Heaney, Amanda Synder and Constance Fowler, Willamette Valley and Central Coast artists Carl Hall, Nelson Sandgren and Ruth Dennis Grover, along with well-known mid-century Oregon modernists such as Michele Russo, George Johanson, Louis Bunce, Lucinda Parker, Lee Kelly and Manuel Izquierdo. The gallery also includes a rotating selection of works by contemporary artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

This gallery is named for Carl Hall (1922-1996), who taught at Willamette University for nearly 40 years and painted a luminous record of his response to the region.

View the Northwest Collection


[italics]Tillamook Wallet Basket[/italics]

Tillamook Wallet Basket

Ancestral Dialogues: Conversations in Native American Art

On permanent view

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection of American Indian art, this exhibition is organized around the concept of dialogue. The focus is on native art history as a dynamic, rich legacy from which contemporary arts grow today. Art works are placed in conversation, juxtaposed so that the work of many generations is in visual dialogue across time, telling stories of creation, transformation, and renewal. Historic baskets, bags, regalia, and lithics are displayed side by side with contemporary art works by artists such as Rick Bartow, James Lavadour, Bud Lane, Lillian Pitt, Pat Courtney Gold, and Joe Feddersen among many others.


[italics]Relief of a Servant[/italics]

Relief of a Servant

Across Continents, Through Time

On permanent view

Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery

This exhibition features selections from the museum’s European, Asian, and American Collections, which span 4,500 years and encompass four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. On view are paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, textiles, architectural fragments, archaeological artifacts, Orthodox icons and decorative arts that will deepen visitors’ appreciation for artworks of aesthetic quality and expressive significance from cultural traditions worldwide.

Many of the works of art displayed in this gallery were generously donated to Willamette University in 1990 by Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh, and formed the basis for the creation of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.


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Print Study Center

On permanent view

Print Study Center

The museum’s collections of works on paper – prints, drawings, paintings on paper, and photographs – are stored, studied and displayed in the Print Study Center. The collection includes many contemporary American works, particularly by artists of the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights include etchings by the 17th-century Dutch artist Anthonie Waterloo, and 19th-century American expatriate artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler, as well as an early pictorial photograph by Edward Steichen. Temporary exhibitions in the Print Study Center are designed to highlight works in the permanent collection, and complement and enhance the special exhibitions on view.