Past Exhibitions

Our past six exhibitions are shown below.  See our archive for a complete list.

Constance Fowler, [italics]The Big Snow (Waldo Hills)[/italics], 1930s

Constance Fowler, The Big Snow (Waldo Hills), 1930s

Winter is Good

January 21 – March 23, 2014

Maribeth Collins Lobby

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem "Winter is Good," this selection of works from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's permanent collection celebrates the quiet charm and stark beauty of the season.


Whiting Tennis, [italics]White Nun[/italics], 2006; lumber, plywood, paint and asphalt;  67.5” x 25” x 27”; courtesy of the artist and the Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

Whiting Tennis, White Nun, 2006; lumber, plywood, paint and asphalt; 67.5” x 25” x 27”; courtesy of the artist and the Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

Whiting Tennis: My Side of the Mountain

January 18 – March 23, 2014

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Whiting Tennis is a Seattle-based mixed media artist who merges interests in folk and Pop art with surrealism in his artworks, which include paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and collages. Often derived from doodles and automatic drawings, his art combines Western landscapes, lonely forms, and dilapidated buildings to create a distinctly American narrative. Organized by Collection Curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition will feature a range of work from the past 10 years.

Frank La Pena, [italics]Gatekeepers' of the Invisible[/italics], 2012

Frank La Pena, Gatekeepers' of the Invisible, 2012

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial

November 9, 2013 – February 2, 2014

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial will feature a selection of contemporary prints created at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon during the past two years. Organized by Willamette University Professor Rebecca Dobkins and Crow’s Shadow Master Printer Frank Janzen, the exhibition will open November 9, 2013 and continue through February 2, 2014, in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center.


[italics]Head of Gudea[/italics], Iraq, possibly from Telloh, Second Dynasty of Lagash, reign of Gudea, ca. 2144-2124 BCE, diorite, 3 ¾ x 3 ½ x 3 ½ in. (9.5 x 9 x 9 cm). University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, B16664

Head of Gudea, Iraq, possibly from Telloh, Second Dynasty of Lagash, reign of Gudea, ca. 2144-2124 BCE, diorite, 3 ¾ x 3 ½ x 3 ½ in. (9.5 x 9 x 9 cm). University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, B16664

Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections

August 31 – December 22, 2013

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is pleased to present “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections.” This major exhibition will feature 64 ancient artworks that date from approximately 6000 BCE to 500 BCE and encompass the geographic regions of Mesopotamia, Syria and the Levant, Anatolia and Iran.


David Roberts, [italics]El Khasnè, Petra[/italics], detail, 1842

David Roberts, El Khasnè, Petra, detail, 1842

David Roberts: Travels in the Holy Land

August 10 – December 22, 2013

Maribeth Collins Lobby

David Roberts (1796-1864) was a Scottish painter who traveled to the Near East in the late 1830s and produced a series of bound, hand-colored lithographs of Egypt and the Holy Land in the 1840s from sketches made during his travels. Lauded for their artistic merit as well as their scholarly contributions, these folios provided Europeans, and eventually Americans, with their first views of the exotic Orient, changing forever their vision of Egypt and the Middle East. This small exhibition features several of Roberts’ prints.  


Jacob Lawrence, [italics]The Ant and the Grasshopper[/italics], 1969

Jacob Lawrence, The Ant and the Grasshopper, 1969

Jacob Lawrence: Aesop's Fables

August 3 – October 27, 2013

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is widely regarded as one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century for his paintings and prints that often portrayed African American life, culture, and history. This exhibition features 23 original drawings that Lawrence created for the 1970 Simon and Schuster publication of Aesop's Fables.