Hallie Ford Museum Hires New Collection Curator

Jonathan Bucci has been hired as the new collection curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Bucci currently is the assistant director and collection curator at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C. He will start his new position Oct. 2.

"We are extremely pleased to have someone with Jonathan's background and training join our staff as collection curator," museum Director John Olbrantz said.

Bucci will oversee the proper care, storage, preservation and security of the university's permanent art collection. He also will oversee the processing of purchases, gifts and bequests to the permanent collection; assist with organization and implementation of temporary exhibitions, including shipping, insurance and installation; and work with Olbrantz on developing strategies to make the permanent collection more accessible to faculty, students, scholars and others.

A native of New England, Bucci holds a bachelor of arts degree in art from Connecticut College and a master of fine arts degree in painting from American University. For the past seven years, he has worked as curator for the Watkins Collection at American University, and most recently as assistant director and collection curator. Since 1999, he has been an adjunct instructor in the art department at American University and has participated in numerous one-person and group exhibitions on the East Coast.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural and intellectual resource for Willamette University and the region. Four permanent galleries focus on European, Asian and American art; Native American baskets; historic and contemporary regional art; and European and American works on paper. Two temporary exhibition spaces feature historic and contemporary art.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (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 on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855.

This entry was updated on August 17, 2006. It had previously been stated that Bucci was the assistant director and collection curator at the Watkins Gallery at American University and that he worked as curator of the Watkins Gallery, which was not correct.