NEA grants $75,000 to Hallie Ford Museum for Grand Ronde Gallery

Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art at was awarded a $75,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the re-installation of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Gallery.

This is the largest federal grant the Hallie Ford Museum of Art has received. Work will include: new lighting, casework, colors, and interpretation; the conservation of a number of objects; public programs; and production of a gallery guide.

Students will participate by installing new displays while learning about the care and storage of such works. They will also perform research on objects that will be installed in the new exhibition.

"We are thrilled to receive an NEA grant and look forward to completing the renovation of the gallery, which houses our collection of Native American art, by next spring," said John Olbrantz, Hallie Ford Museum of Art Director.

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Gallery is the fourth and final permanent gallery slated for renovation.

In 2008, the Print Study Center was remodeled. It includes European and American works on paper. The Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery was re-installed in 2009; it houses the museum's study collection of European, Asian and American art. On March 4, the Carl Hall Gallery, which houses the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's permanent collection of historic and modern regional art, was re-opened after being closed for re-installation.

About the museum
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. 

The museum is located at 700 State Street in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free, and Tuesday is a free day. For more information, please call (503) 370-6855.