Current Exhibitions

John Buck, [italics]Choir Boy[/italics], 2011.

John Buck, Choir Boy, 2011.

Current Exhibition

Stilleven: Contemporary Still Life

September 12 – December 20, 2015

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Stilleven (the Dutch word for still life) features work by 27 contemporary artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia who focus on still life in their artwork. Organized by Director John Olbrantz and Collection Curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, glass, and mixed media by artists Katherine Ace, Holly Andres, David Giese, Norman Lundin, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Henk Pander, and Sherrie Wolf, among many others.

Katherine A. Schwab. [italics][/italics], 2006.

Katherine A. Schwab. Parthenon East Frieze: Detail of Artemis, from Block 6, 2012.

Current Exhibition

An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab

November 7, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University in Connecticut, this exhibition features 35 drawings by Katherine A. Schwab, an archaeologist and professor of art history at Fairfield. This exhibition explores how Schwab has used unique drawing techniques as a fundamental component of her investigations in studying the east and north metopes of the Parthenon, a series of marble panels with relief sculpture which suffered devastating damage in post-Antiquity.

Upcoming Exhibitions

James B. Thompson, [italics] Agricultural Byre[/italics], 2015

James B. Thompson, Agricultural Byre, 2015

Upcoming Exhibition

James B. Thompson: Fragments In Time

January 23 – March 27, 2016

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

James B. Thompson has been on the art faculty at Willamette since 1986, where he teaches painting, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition will explore the development of Thompson's work during the past twenty years, from his Medieval and Golf Series of the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s to his most recent work that includes glass created at Bullseye Glass in Portland.

Imogen Cunningham, [italics]Self-portrait[/italics], 1906.

Imogen Cunningham, Self-portrait, 1906.

Upcoming Exhibition

For Myself: Nudes by Imogen Cunningham, 1906-1939

February 13 – May 15, 2016

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Step into the photographic world of this internationally recognized American photographer (1883-1976), who is known for her botanical photography, nudes, and industrial landscapes.

Permanent Exhibitions

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

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

Permanent Exhibition

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

Permanent Exhibition

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

Permanent Exhibition

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.

Permanent Exhibition

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.