Past Exhibitions

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.

Andries Fourie, "Swartkops," 2013

Andries Fourie: Land/Marks

April 16 – May 15, 2016

Atrium Gallery

Andries Fourie is an associate professor of the art department at Willamette University where he teaches sculpture. Over the years, Fourie's paintings and sculptures have dealt with issues of memory, identity, tradition, and cultural hybridity in South African culture, as well as the ways in which these issues intersect with the landscape and relate to the land. In the current exhibition, Fourie explores the natural and human ecology of the Eastern Cape of South Africa where he was born and raised.

Imogen Cunningham, [italics]Self-portrait[/italics], 1906.

Imogen Cunningham, Self-portrait, 1906.

"For Myself": Nudes by Imogen Cunningham, 1906-1939

February 13 – May 1, 2016

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Organized by Abigail Susik, assistant professor of art history at Willamette University, this exhibition invites viewers to step into the photographic world of this internationally recognized American photographer (1883-1976), who is known for her botanical photography, nudes, and industrial landscapes. 
James B. Thompson, [italics] Agricultural Byre[/italics], 2015

James B. Thompson, Agricultural Byre, 2015

James B. Thompson: Fragments In Time

January 23 – March 26, 2016

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

James B. Thompson has been on the art faculty at Willamette since 1986, where he teaches painting, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition will explore the development of Thompson's work during the past twenty years, from his Medieval and Golf Series of the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s to his most recent work that includes glass created at Bullseye Glass in Portland.

Katherine A. Schwab. [italics][/italics], 2006.

Katherine A. Schwab. Parthenon East Frieze: Detail of Artemis, from Block 6, 2012.

An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab

November 7, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University in Connecticut, this exhibition features 35 drawings by Katherine A. Schwab, an archaeologist and professor of art history at Fairfield. This exhibition explores how Schwab has used unique drawing techniques as a fundamental component of her investigations in studying the east and north metopes of the Parthenon, a series of marble panels with relief sculpture which suffered devastating damage in post-Antiquity.

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.

Sherrie Wolf: Artemisia Suite: Cherries after Artemisia (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.

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.

[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]Still Life[/italics], 2006.

Mel Katz (American, b. 1937). Still Life, 2006.

Mel Katz: Drawings and Small Sculptures

May 9 – July 19, 2015

Study Gallery

This exhibition has been organized to introduce visitors to Portland artist Mel Katz’s working process and is intended to supplement a fifty-year retrospective exhibition Mel Katz: On and Off the Wall taking place at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art between June 6 and August 23.

Drawing has always been an important part of Portland artist Mel Katz’s working process. This exhibition features several of Katz's large scale drawings and small sculptures that he uses to work out some of the complex visual problems and challenges that he deals with in his final sculptures and offers valuable insights into the artist's creative process.