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Hallie Ford Museum of Art: April Exhibitions and Events


Michael C. Spafford: Hercules and Other Greek Legends

Feb. 23 – April 28  |  Study Gallery and Print Study Center | Full Description  |  Image Gallery  

Michael C. Spafford is a noted Seattle painter, printmaker and professor emeritus from the University of Washington, who focuses on Greek mythology in his work. This exhibition features a range of woodcut prints created by the artist during the past 30 years and includes his 12 Labors of Hercules, as well as representations of other popular Greek legends and myths

Lecture: "PINGO ERGO SUM: A Conversation with Painter/Printmaker Michael C. Spafford"

Friday, April 12 at 5 p.m.  |  Roger Hull Lecture Hall  |  Free and open to the public | Full Description


Linear Metaphysics: Contemporary Mark-Making and Time-Based Art Works

April 13 – May 12  |  Maribeth Collins Lobby and the Atrium Gallery | Artist Statement  |  Image Gallery

James B. Thompson, professor of art, teaches drawing, painting and printmaking at Willamette University. Based on the ancient tradition or continuum of mark-making and the original forms of time-based media, Thompson's new work explores our shared humanity as revealed in the remnants, fragments, and archaeological remains comprising the stratification or layering of time in the unique cultural landscape of the peoples of ancient Scotland and Britain.

Senior Art Majors 

April 13 – May 12  |  Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery | Full Description


Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their four years at Willamette and includes work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

Gallery Talks/Tours of the Senior Art Majors Exhibition (Fred and open to the public)  

Tuesday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m.  Senior art majors will discuss their work: Meara Gordanier, sculpture; Lauren Cooney, painting and Ellen Kaline, drawing.

Tuesday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m.  Senior art majors will discuss their work: Elizabeth Harney, photography and Michael Lukas, photography.

Tuesday, April 30 at 12:30 p.m.Senior art majors will discuss their work: Eileen Chavez, ceramics; Moriah Hernandez, sculpture and Elizabeth Stegner, sculpture.

Donate a Blanket and Help Alumni Marie Watt '90 Make a Sculpture for the Museum


The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University and artist Marie Watt invite you to donate a blanket and share its blanket story. Watt will be creating a sculpture for the permanent collection that will be based on donated blankets that will be collected now through June 29. More Information.

“On Demand” Exhibition: You Get to Choose the Art! 

Starting mid-April, we invite our museum Facebook friends to choose their favorite works of art from a gallery of 25-30 artworks from the museum vaults (home to over 6000 pieces of art). The works that get the most "likes" during the voting period will be installed in the lobby beginning in June and will be part of the exhibition “On Demand.” Join us at Facebook.

Inspired Creations:  Art Making Drop-Ins

Saturdays, April 13 and April 20, noon - 2 p.m.  |  Hallie Ford Museum of Art  |  Free with Museum admission

Explore the galleries and create art inspired by works in the Museum's permanent collections. Activities will be led by the Museum's student club. 

April 13: Create your own work of color and light inspired by artist Dick Elliot's reflector windows.    April 20: Create your own mosaic design inspired by the museum's ancient Roman-Syrian mosaic.

WU Theatre

ImgThe WU Theatre Department presents Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

April 12 - 27, 2013

Director Susan Coromel chose this play because of its political themes and strong heroine. Our production is set in New York City during the 1980’s. Susan was drawn to this setting for its architecture, musical influences, and culture full of “darkness and excess.” In her words, Measure for Measure is “excellent theatre, full of poetry, with a playful yet serious core of meaning. It’s a fast paced story full of mistaken identities.”

Written in 1604, "Measure for Measure" is a play about government, corruption, justice and mercy. Duke Vincentio wants a break from governing Vienna, where the sex trade is running rife. So he calls on his deputy, Angelo, to take charge. Instead of leaving the city, though, the duke dons a disguise and spies on Angelo. At first, Angelo rules out brothels and clamps down on sex. But when he comes up against Isabella, the virtuous sister of the condemned Claudio, he falls foul of his own judgment, resulting in a spiraling series of deceptions, hypocrisy and scandal.
  • $12 General Admission - evening
  • $10 General Admission - Saturday and Sunday matinees
  • $8 Students and Seniors(65+) - matinee or evening

Preview Night (April 11th) is Buy One Get One free $8 General Admission

Link to the Box Office:  https://www.boxofficetickets.com/go/event?id=184605


Upcoming spring events on campus

True to form, the music department is staying busy up to the end.

Check the department's events page for event opportunities -- before it's too late!

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