Our past six exhibitions are shown below. See our archive for a complete list.
"A Contemporary Bestiary"
September 13 – December 21, 2014
Melvin Henderson-Rubio GalleryA Contemporary Bestiary features work by artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana who incorporate animal imagery in their artwork as a means to address a wide variety of issues. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, ceramics, and photography by artists Alfredo Arreguin, Rick Bartow, Frank Boyden, Deborah Butterfield, David Gilhooly, Heidi Preuss Grew, Gaylen Hansen, Robert McCauley, and Ted Waddell, among others.
"John James Audubon: The Birds of America"
August 2 – October 26, 2014
Study Gallery and Print Study CenterJohn James Audubon (1785-1851) was a French-American painter, ornithologist, and naturalist. His major work, The Birds of America, is considered one of the finest ornithological books ever published; in it, he identified 25 new species of birds. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features approximately 30 Audubon bird prints on loan from the Hamersly Library at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
"Richard C. Elliott: Primal Op"
May 31 – August 24, 2014
The Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins LobbyRichard 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.
"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.
Heidi Preuss Grew: Into the Wilderness
April 12 – May 11, 2014
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.
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.