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."


Roger Shimomura, [italics]Kabuki Rehearsal[/italics], 2012

Roger Shimomura, Kabuki Rehearsal, 2012

"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 sociopolitical issues that inform his paintings. Organized by Director John Olbrantz to complement Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff, the exhibition features 26 prints made during the past twenty-five years and drawn from local and regional collections.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Roger Shimomura, [italics]Roger Tracy[/italics], 2010

Roger Shimomura, Roger Tracy, 2010

"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.

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

Myra Albert Wiggins, Nymphaea (detail), 1908

"Myra Wiggins: A Photographer's Life"

February 14 – April 26, 2015

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Myra 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.

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.