Museum Hires New Exhibition Designer/Chief Preparator

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University has hired David Andersen of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle as its new exhibition designer/chief preparator.

"We are extremely pleased to have someone of David's background, training and many years of experience join our staff," Museum Director John Olbrantz said.

Andersen will begin his new position in early October. He will be responsible for the design and installation of permanent and temporary exhibitions, the transportation of artwork and related duties. He replaces Keith Lachowicz who left last spring to accept the position of collection manager/registrar at the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland.

A native of California, Andersen holds an associate of arts degree from American River College, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Idaho. From 1992-96, he worked as chief preparator at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, and he has been exhibition designer/chief preparator at the Frye Art Museum since 1996. There he coordinated and installed more than 150 permanent and temporary exhibitions and managed 12,000 square feet of gallery space comprising permanent and temporary galleries.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural and intellectual resource for Willamette University, the city of Salem, the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond. Four permanent galleries feature European, Asian and American art, Native American baskets, historic and contemporary regional art, and European and American works on paper. Two temporary exhibition spaces include 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. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on 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 or go to