Current Exhibitions

John James Audubon, [italics]Wood Duck - Summer Duck [/italics] (detail), 1841-1871, Royal Octavo Edition, Lithograph.

John James Audubon, Wood Duck - Summer Duck (detail), 1841-1871, Royal Octavo Edition, Lithograph.

"John James Audubon: The Birds of America"

August 2 – October 26, 2014

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was a French-American painter, ornithologist, and naturalist. His major work, The Birds of America, is considered one of the finest ornithological books ever published; in it, he identified 25 new species of birds. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features approximately 30 Audubon bird prints on loan from the Hamersly Library at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

Robert McCauley, [italics] Edge of Town II [/italics] (detail), 2012

Robert McCauley, Edge of Town II (detail), 2012

"A Contemporary Bestiary"

September 13 – December 21, 2014

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

A Contemporary Bestiary features work by artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana who incorporate animal imagery in their artwork as a means to address a wide variety of issues. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, ceramics, and photography by artists Alfredo Arreguin, Rick Bartow, Frank Boyden, Deborah Butterfield, David Gilhooly, Heidi Preuss Grew, Gaylen Hansen, Robert McCauley, and Ted Waddell, among others.

Upcoming Exhibitions

"Roger Shimomura: Works on Paper"

November 8, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Throughout his career, Roger Shimomura has made prints, inspired by the same socio-political issues that inform his paintings. Organized by Director John Olbrantz to complement Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff, the exhibition features approximately 25 prints made during the past twenty-five years and drawn from local and regional collections.

"Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff"

January 17 – March 29, 2015

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Organized by the Museum of Art at Washington State University, the exhibition features the artwork of Seattle native and Lawrence, Kansas-based artist Roger Shimomura, whose paintings and prints address socio-political issues of Asian Americans through a style that combines his childhood interest in comic books with the traditions of American Pop art and Japanese woodcut prints. The exhibition will include approximately 50 paintings and prints from the early 1970s to the present, with an emphasis on his recent work.

Permanent Exhibitions

Carl Hall: [italics]Fog Women Totem[/italics]

Carl Hall: Fog Women Totem

On The Edge: Pacific Northwest Art from the Permanent Collection

On permanent view

Carl Hall Gallery

The exhibition begins with the story Oregon’s pioneers of modernism and moves through the present day. On view are works created in the 1930s by artists such as C.S. Price, Charles Heaney, Amanda Synder and Constance Fowler, Willamette Valley and Central Coast artists Carl Hall, Nelson Sandgren and Ruth Dennis Grover, along with well-known mid-century Oregon modernists such as Michele Russo, George Johanson, Louis Bunce, Lucinda Parker, Lee Kelly and Manuel Izquierdo. The gallery also includes a rotating selection of works by contemporary artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

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.