2000-2001 Exhibitions

David Gilhooly: Prints


June 3 – August 19, 2000

Since the early 1980s, David Gilhooly has produced a number of prints dealing with themes that parallel his clay and plastic work: art, religion, food, mass consumption, and other aspects of American culture. The exhibition will feature a range of prints from the past twenty years, a recent gift of the artist.


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David Gilhooly: Plastics

June 17 – August 26, 2000

David Gilhooly is an internationally-recognized Oregon clay artist who, since the early 1980s, has focused on the medium of plastic. As with his ceramic work, Gilhooly's plexiglas and plastic pieces ask each viewer to deliberate on religion, food, mass consumption, and other aspects of American culture, often through the use of irony and humor.


D.E. May: Greetings from Islandsalem

August 26 – October 28, 2000

Born in Salem in 1952, D.E. May has lived and worked here his whole life, finding in "Islandsalem" the inspiration for small-scale mixed media abstractions that are notational, nostalgic, elegant, and alert to the formal inventions of modern art. Objects will be selected from the collection of Leo Michelson and others, as well as new work created specifically for the exhibition.


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Best of Both Worlds

September 9, 2000 – January 13, 2001

Best of Both Worlds explores human and divine realms in classical art through approximately eighty objects of Greek and Roman art on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A wide variety of classical themes are presented, including gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, mortal men and women, and animals, both real and divine. Objects include superb examples of Attic Black and Red-figure pottery, sculpture in marble and bronze, and a number of terra cotta lamps.


Information and Decoration

November 4, 2000 – January 6, 2001

Reflecting the increasing awareness of distant territories, and continued pride in home places, during the Age of Expansion, maps of whole countries and particular towns were created to be both informational and aesthetic. The exhibition will present a range of engraved, hand-colored Dutch, French, and English maps of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries drawn exclusively from the Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Collection.


Carl Hall: Sunflowers

January 13 – March 17, 2001

Presented in conjunction with the Carl Hall retrospective in the Henderson-Rubio Gallery, the exhibition will focus on a single painting, Carl Hall's Sunflowers of 1952, a work of particular importance to the artist and his family. The painting, a series of preparatory drawings, and a small, follow-up painting will be presented, together with text that explains the personal, economic, and memorial associations of Sunflowers.


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Eden Again: The Art of Carl Hall

January 27 – March 25, 2001

Carl Hall was on the faculty at Willamette University from 1948-1986, where he taught drawing and painting for nearly forty years. For Hall, the Oregon landscape represented a place of astonishing beauty that he strove to capture in his art. Organized by Professor Roger Hall, the exhibition will include works that span a sixty year period and that attempt to place Hall's art within the context of his times.


Southwest Indian Baskets

March 24 – May 26, 2001

The exhibition will feature a range of Native American baskets from the Southwestern United States, including a number of superb Apache baskets. Objects will be drawn from both the M.E. Polleski and E.C. Cross Collections.


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Senior Art Majors

April 7 – May 12, 2001

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and mixed media.


Bruce Black/Tracy MacEwan: Recent Work

April 7 – May 12, 2001

The exhibition features the work of painter Bruce Black and photographer Tracy MacEwan, both of whom are adjunct faculty members in the art department at Willamette University.