Past Exhibitions

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Louis Bunce, "The Burn" (detail), 1951

Louis Bunce: Dialogue with Modernism

January 21 – March 26, 2017

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Louis Bunce (1907-1983) was a legendary Portland painter, printmaker, and teacher who taught at the Museum Art School from 1946 to 1972 and who influenced several generations of Oregon artists. Organized by professor emeritus and senior faculty curator Roger Hull, the exhibition will chronicle the artist's career over a fifty-seven year period and will feature 49 paintings drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States.

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Spirit pot, Nigeria, Ga'anda, mid-20th century

Figure and Form: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection

November 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017

Study Gallery

Over the centuries, African potters have created unique and innovative ceramic vessels for domestic and ritual use. Made by hand and often fired in the open, these vessels embody an immediacy of form and a deceptive simplicity that reflect a deep understanding of material, process, and embellishment. Organized by director John Olbrantz, the exhibition will feature 17 ceramic vessels from the Keith Achepohl collection of Eugene, Oregon.

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Louis Bunce, "Cove No. 2" (detail), serigraph

Louis Bunce: Works on Paper

November 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017

Print Study Center

Louis Bunce was a rising star in American art of the 1940s and 1950s, and his silkscreen prints from this time helped transform what had been a means for mass production advertising into a medium for limited edition fine art printmaking. Organized by professor emeritus and senior faculty curator Roger Hull, the exhibition will feature a range of prints and works on paper from public and private collections that highlight Bunce's accomplishments as a printmaker and is timed to overlap with a major retrospective of Bunce's work which will open in January.

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Russell Childers, "The Wee Mother and Child," 1971

Russell Childers: Oregon Outsider (extended exhibition)

October 24 – December 22, 2016

Maribeth Collins Lobby

An extended version of the the Russell Childers: Oregon Outsider exhibition is continuing in the Maribeth Collins Lobby and features 8 works by Russell Childers (1915-1998) who was a self-taught wood carver whose themes focused on memories of his mother, childhood, animals, important historical figures, Western imagery, and his life at Oregon Fairview Home in Salem, where he lived for 39 years. 

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Benjamin F. Perkins, "All American Jumbo Airmail,"1980s

Strange and Wonderful: American Folk Art from the Willem and Diane Volkersz Collection

September 17 – December 22, 2016

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Willem and Diane Volkersz of Bozeman, Montana have collected folk and outsider art since the mid-1970s, amassing an extensive collection over the past forty years. This exhibition features 108 objects by 32 artists that reflect the breadth and scope of this remarkable collection.

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Russell Childers, "The Wee Mother and Child," 1971

Russell Childers: Oregon Outsider

July 30 – October 23, 2016

Study Gallery

Russell Childers (1915-1998) was a self-taught wood carver whose themes focused on memories of his mother, childhood, animals, important historical figures, Western imagery, and his life at Oregon Fairview Home in Salem, where he lived for 39 years. Organized by collection curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition will feature 25 wood sculptures on loan from public and private collections throughout the western United States.

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Jan Zach, "Untitled (Head of Woman)" (detail), 1956

Jan Zach: Works on Paper

July 30 – October 23, 2016

Print Study Gallery

Jan Zach (1914-1986) formed part of the fabric of the Oregon arts community and taught sculpture at the University of Oregon for twenty years. This exhibition features a range of works on paper from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art collection, which houses a large body of Zach’s work.

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Royal Nebeker, "Blue Bike," 2013

Royal Nebeker: Dreams and Allusions

June 4 – August 28, 2016

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Royal Nebeker (1945-2014) was an accomplished Astoria, Oregon symbolist painter and teacher who created highly personalized narratives based on dreams and memories, often embellished with words and notations that helped drive his narrative. This major retrospective exhibition of Nebeker's paintings and prints has been organized by director John Olbrantz, and features 36 paintings and prints drawn from public and private collections on the West Coast. 

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Nelson Sandgren, "Evening Rider by the Sea," 1997

Nelson Sandgren: An Artist's Life

May 14 – July 17, 2016

Maribeth Collins Lobby, Study Gallery and Print Study Center

This exhibition includes 33 paintings, watercolors, and prints created by this important Corvallis, Oregon, artist and teacher. Organized by Professor Emeritus and Senior Faculty Curator Roger Hull, this exhibition draws from public and private collections throughout the region. 

Senior Art Majors, 2016

Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2016

April 16 – May 15, 2016

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Meet a new generation of artists. Senior art studio majors at Willamette University exhibit their works each spring in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.