2014-2015 Exhibitions

Richard C. Elliott (1945-2008). [italics]Vibrational Field #3[/italics] (detail), c. 2008. Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Maribeth Collins Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.030.003.

Richard C. Elliott (1945-2008). Vibrational Field #3 (detail), c. 2008. Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Maribeth Collins Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.030.003.

"Richard C. Elliott: Works on Paper"

May 10 – July 20, 2014

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

During his lifetime, Dick Elliott created a wide variety of works on paper. The Study Gallery features paintings and prints (and even two sculptures) that were created in the 1980s when he was heavily influenced by Australian Aboriginal art and performance art. The Print Study Center includes prints from the last few years of his life, when he began an almost obsessive exploration of color and pattern in his quest to connect with the primal sources of art.  


Richard C. Elliott (1945-2008). [italics]Four Color Variations[/italics] (detail), c. 2005. Reflectors on panel; 4 panels: 45 x 45” each. Collection of Jane Orleman, Ellensburg, Washington.

Richard C. Elliott (1945-2008). Four Color Variations (detail), c. 2005. Reflectors on panel; 4 panels: 45 x 45” each. Collection of Jane Orleman, Ellensburg, Washington.

"Richard C. Elliott: Primal Op"

May 31 – August 24, 2014

The Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Richard C. Elliott was a nationally recognized mixed media artist who lived and worked in Ellensburg, Wash. A major retrospective exhibition of Elliott’s work will open May 31 and continue through Aug. 24, 2014 in the Maribeth Collins Lobby, Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery, Study Gallery and Print Study Center. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition will feature a range of prints, drawings, sculptures, reflector paintings and related ephemera from the past four decades.

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.

[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.


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.