Current Exhibitions

[italics]Body Mask[/italics], Asmat people, New Guinea, Papua (Irian Jaya) Province, Indonesia Early - to mid-20th century

Body Mask, Asmat people, New Guinea, Papua (Irian Jaya) Province, Indonesia Early - to mid-20th century

"Point of View"

October 29, 2014 – May 16, 2015

Landing to the second floor

In this new exhibition series, we invite members of the Willamette community to share their experience or interpretation of a work of art from the perspective of their area of expertise, study, or research. Each semester we will offer a new work, and a new "point of view."


Myra Albert Wiggins, [italics]Nymphaea[/italics] (detail), 1908

Myra Albert Wiggins, Nymphaea (detail), 1908

"Myra Albert Wiggins: A Photographer's Life"

February 14 – April 26, 2015

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Myra Albert Wiggins (1869-1956) was a Salem photographer and early member of Alfred Stieglitz’s Photo-Secessionist Group. At the turn of the last century, Wiggins was considered one of the foremost pictorial photographers in America. Organized by Senior Faculty Curator Roger Hull, the exhibition features photographs from the permanent collection as well as documents, journals, and artifacts selected from the Myra Wiggins Collection in Willamette University’s Pacific Northwest Artists Archive.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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"Senior Art Majors"

April 18 – May 17, 2015

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

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. 

Characterized by a wide variety of styles and approaches, the exhibition will feature work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media. In addition, many of the senior art majors will discuss their work as part of free Tuesday gallery talks during the first three weeks of the exhibition.


Alexandra Opie, [italics] Echo no. 236 [/italics], 2014

Alexandra Opie, Echo no. 236 , 2014

"Alexandra Opie: Echo"

April 18 – May 17, 2015

Atrium Gallery

Alexandra Opie is an associate professor of art at Willamette University, where she teaches photography and electronic media. An exhibition of her recent work opens April 18 and continues through May 17, 2015, in the Atrium Gallery. The exhibition features a range of tintype photographs created by the artist during the past two years that explores early portrait photography techniques within a contemporary context. 


Permanent Exhibitions

Henk Pander: [italics]The Burning of the New Carissa[/italics] (detail)

Henk Pander: The Burning of the New Carissa (detail)

Northwest Perspectives: Selections from the Permanent Collection

On permanent view

Carl Hall Gallery

Visitors can explore new ideas of landscape, narrative, identity, form and process through a variety of paintings, sculptures and mixed media that highlight both visual and conceptual relationships between historic and contemporary art. 

The gallery provides the museum with an opportunity to share many previously unviewed works that capture the rich and varied expressions that have taken place during the past century, which has been marked by rapid changes in the art world, the Northwest and its landscape. 

This gallery is named for Carl Hall (1922-1996), who taught at Willamette University for nearly 40 years and painted a luminous record of his response to the region.

View the Northwest Collection


[italics]Tillamook Wallet Basket[/italics]

Tillamook Wallet Basket

Ancestral Dialogues: Conversations in Native American Art

On permanent view

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection of American Indian art, this exhibition is organized around the concept of dialogue. The focus is on native art history as a dynamic, rich legacy from which contemporary arts grow today. Art works are placed in conversation, juxtaposed so that the work of many generations is in visual dialogue across time, telling stories of creation, transformation, and renewal. Historic baskets, bags, regalia, and lithics are displayed side by side with contemporary art works by artists such as Rick Bartow, James Lavadour, Bud Lane, Lillian Pitt, Pat Courtney Gold, and Joe Feddersen among many others.


[italics]Relief of a Servant[/italics]

Relief of a Servant

Across Continents, Through Time

On permanent view

Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery

This exhibition features selections from the museum’s European, Asian, and American Collections, which span 4,500 years and encompass four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. On view are paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, textiles, architectural fragments, archaeological artifacts, Orthodox icons and decorative arts that will deepen visitors’ appreciation for artworks of aesthetic quality and expressive significance from cultural traditions worldwide.

Many of the works of art displayed in this gallery were generously donated to Willamette University in 1990 by Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh, and formed the basis for the creation of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.


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Print Study Center

On permanent view

Print Study Center

The museum’s collections of works on paper – prints, drawings, paintings on paper, and photographs – are stored, studied and displayed in the Print Study Center. The collection includes many contemporary American works, particularly by artists of the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights include etchings by the 17th-century Dutch artist Anthonie Waterloo, and 19th-century American expatriate artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler, as well as an early pictorial photograph by Edward Steichen. Temporary exhibitions in the Print Study Center are designed to highlight works in the permanent collection, and complement and enhance the special exhibitions on view.