Current Exhibitions

[italics] Brass dupondius of Trajan. [/italics] Roman, 98-117 CE. Gift of James and Aneta McIntyre, 2006.010.035.

Brass dupondius of Trajan. Roman, 98-117 CE. Gift of James and Aneta McIntyre, 2006.010.035.

"Point of View"

May 12 – August 23, 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."


Mel Katz (American, b. 1937). [italics]Triad[/italics], 2006.

Mel Katz (American, b. 1937). Triad, 2006.

Mel Katz: On and Off the Wall

June 6 – August 23, 2015

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This major retrospective exhibition of Portland sculptor Mel Katz (American, b. 1932) chronicles the career of this prolific and dynamic artist who has played a prominent role in the Portland art scene for over 50 years. The exhibition features a veritable forest of Katz’s large scale abstract geometric sculptures drawn from public and private collections throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as a number of works from the artist’s studio.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Sherrie Wolf: [italics]Artemisia Suite: Cherries after Artemisia[/italics] (detail), 2002.

Sherrie Wolf: Artemisia Suite: Cherries after Artemisia (detail), 2002.

Sherrie Wolf: Object Lessons

August 1 – October 25, 2015

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Sherrie Wolf is a Portland painter and printmaker whose work juxtaposes traditional still life subjects (bowls of fruit, floral arrangements) with Old Master themes. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features paintings, prints, and other works on paper by the artist drawn from private collections throughout the region.


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

John Buck, Choir Boy, 2011.

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. 


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.