Artist, Professors Discuss Properties of Paint

In conjunction with its exhibition James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art is hosting a free symposium Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel, on the second floor of Waller Hall at Willamette University.

The symposium will bring artists and scientists together to discuss the material and philosophical properties of paint and the interconnections between art, geology, the environment, physics and human creativity. Participants will include painter James Lavadour and Willamette University faculty members Andries Fourie (art), Scott Pike (environmental and earth science) and Rick Watkins (physics). Faculty curator Rebecca Dobkins (anthropology) will moderate.

James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint features a range of recent work by this nationally recognized Native American painter and printmaker. Since 2000, Lavadour has focused intensely on the properties of paint, creating works that he describes as "intersections" between his better-known landscapes and his lesser-known architectural structures. The exhibition runs through March 30.

Both the exhibition and symposium are supported by an endowment gift from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Additional support has been provided by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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 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.