2004-2005 Exhibitions

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Myra Wiggins: Still Lifes

May 29 – August 14, 2004

Myra Wiggins (1869-1956) was a nationally recognized Salem photographer with ties to Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo Secession. In addition to her photography, Wiggins was an accomplished still life painter. The exhibition will feature a range of still lifes executed over several decades.


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Tom Fawkes: Terra Cognita

June 12 – August 21, 2004

Tom Fawkes is a highly regarded Portland painter and teacher who creates meticulous landscapes and wood constructions of the Italian countryside. Based on rolls of photographs that he has taken on numerous trips to Italy, Fawkes' work captures the light, color, texture, and architecture of the Italian countryside. The exhibition will feature a range of works from the past decade, including a number of new works created specifically for the exhibition.


Mapping the Pacific Northwest: Mapmaking, Mythmaking, and Empire Building

July 3 – August 28, 2004

A new exhibition of historic maps co-organized by Page Stockwell, a Portland map collector, and David Roberts, a researcher at
the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. The exhibition provides a fascinating
glimpse of the Pacific Northwest as it was transformed from a land of myth and mystery to a land that was hotly contested by major European and American powers.


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Carl Hall: World War II Drawings

August 21 – October 23, 2004

Carl Hall (1921-1996) was a Salem painter and professor of art at Willamette University for nearly forty years. As a combat soldier during World War II, Hall saw action on Leyte Island in the Philippines and on Okinawa. The exhibition will feature a number of drawings created between 1944-45 while the artist was stationed overseas.


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Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking

September 4 – October 30, 2004

Keys to the Koop features the work of 16 printmakers who find humor and satire in contemporary art, fashion, food, and popular culture. Included in the exhibition are works by Mark Bennett, Enrique Chagoya, Roy DeForest, Tony Fitzpatrick, Ellen Gallagher, David Gilhooly, Red Grooms, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Gene McMahon, Claes Oldenburg, Tad Savinar, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, and Willam Wegman. Works are drawn from the extensive collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation.


Between the Wars: American Printmaking in the 1920s and 30s

October 30 – December 23, 2004

During the 1920s and 30s, a number of American printmakers explored various aspects of urban and rural life, rejecting the tenets of European modernism in favor of a realistic style firmly rooted in the work of the American painter Robert Henri. Included in the exhibition will be works by artists such as John Sloan, Rockwell Kent, Thomas Hart Benton, Gordon Gilkey, Raphael Soyer, and Isabel Bishop, among others.


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Mary Henry: American Constructivist

November 13, 2004 – January 8, 2005

Mary Henry is a highly regarded Washington painter who creates large scale, abstract works based on geometric shapes and patterns. A student of Moholy-Nagy at the Illinois Institute of Design in the 1940s, Henry has maintained a consistent vision firmly rooted in geometric abstraction and constructivism for over sixty years. The exhibition will feature a range of paintings and drawings created over the past two decades.


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Marie Watt: Everything is Drawing

January 8 – March 5, 2005

Marie Watt (Seneca) is a highly regarded Portland mixed media artist and Willamette University alumna (CLA '90). The exhibition is a continuation of her blanket project, which explores the complexities of, and the human stories wrapped up within, this everyday object. It includes work from a solo exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, where Watt was recognized as one of the most talented contemporary artists of her generation.


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Charles E. Heaney: Memory, Imagination, and Place

January 22 – March 19, 2005

Charles Heaney (1897-1981) was an important Oregon painter and printmaker who created a powerful body of work over a sixty-year period that is remarkable for its consistency, enormity, and complex emotional expressiveness. The exhibition features works that include his urban "demolition" series based on the razing of old buildings in Portland as the city modernized, his renderings of the remote landscape of eastern Oregon and Nevada, and his "portraits" of individuals, usually women, placed icon-like in the center of the picture.


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Melville Wire: Oregon Impressionist

March 12 – May 7, 2005

Melville Wire (1877-1966) was a minister in the United Methodist Church who served as a pastor in Oregon for over sixty years. In addition, he was an accomplished landscape painter and printmaker who captured the diverse landscape of the region. The exhibition features a range of works from throughout the artist's lifetime.


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Senior Art Majors

April 2 – May 14, 2005

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


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Heidi Preuss Grew: Porcelain and Other Stories

April 2 – May 14, 2005

Heidi Preuss Grew is on the art faculty at Willamette University, where she teaches ceramics and drawing. The exhibition will feature a range of work from the past four years.