Dean Porter: Taos Landscapes

Church at Chimayo by Dean PorterSnow Caps by Dean PorterA small exhibition of Dean Porter's work will run March 18 to May 20 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Dean Porter is a painter, printmaker, art historian and director emeritus of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

For the past two decades, Porter has traveled to Taos, N.M., to paint. Guest curated by Associate Professor Ann Nicgorski, the exhibition will feature a range of watercolors and woodcuts created during the past few years.

Porter will also deliver the 2006 Hogue-Sponenburgh Lecture April 6 at Cone Chapel in Waller Hall on the Willamette campus. He will speak about "The Rise and Fall of the Taos Society of Artists." This event is free and the public is invited.

Dean Porter holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Binghamton, in art history. A historian of medieval art, he took up painting and printmaking in the 1970s and has since participated in numerous one-person and group exhibitions around the country.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information call 503-370-6855.