Last chance to see The Art of Ceremony in Salem

Only one month remains to see The Art of Ceremony: Regalia of Native Oregon at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. This exhibition of historical and contemporary ceremonial regalia from Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes closes Jan. 18.

"For those who want to see a superb exhibition of ceremonial regalia from both western and eastern Oregon, The Art of Ceremony should not be missed," museum Director John Olbrantz said.

Organized by Willamette Professor Rebecca Dobkins in partnership with tribal leaders, artists and collectors, the exhibition is designed to introduce nontribal audiences to the history, beauty and function of regalia within tribal life and thought. Hand-crafted dance outfits, jewelry, staffs, headdresses, musical instruments and a 21-foot cedar canoe are among the items on display. The Oregon Arts Commission selected the exhibition as Oregon's 2008 National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Project.

Once the exhibition closes in Salem, it travels to the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Ore., Feb. 20 through May 28, and the Museum at Warm Springs in central Oregon, June 26 through Sept. 12.

In addition to the American Masterpieces grant, the exhibition is supported by an endowment gift from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, who recently awarded an additional $25,000 grant to help finance exhibition costs and educational collaboration with Willamette Academy, Willamette University's college preparatory program for local underrepresented high school students. Other support includes a Millicent McIntosh Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, a Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund award, and grants from the city of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds, the Oregon Arts Commission and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

NOTE: The Hallie Ford Museum of Art will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 5 for winter break.

The museum 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 Mondays. 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.