Past Exhibitions

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Enrique Chagoya (American, born Mexico, 1953), “Expresses Nothing But the Self” (detail), 2015, Ed. 9/30, color lithograph, 20.5 x 24 inches, collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, 2015.900

Enrique Chagoya: Reverse Anthropology, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

November 3, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Some of the artwork in the exhibition contains mature themes; parental discretion is advised.

Enrique Chagoya is a nationally recognized Mexican American artist who teaches at Stanford University in California. The exhibition features a range of Chagoya's provocative and deceptively subversive prints that explore issues of immigration, colonialism, the economy, government, the commodifictation of art, and the recurring subject of cultural clash that continues to riddle contemporary life.

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Alison Saar (American, b. 1956), “Indigo Blue (Sea Island Pure),” 2016, ed. 2/3, intaglio, 12 x 11 3/4 inches, Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, 2016.90.

Witness: Themes of Social Justice in Contemporary Printmaking and Photography from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

September 15 – December 20, 2018

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery


Drawn from the vast collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, this exhibition explores issues of race, identity, and social justice in contemporary printmaking and photography from one of the legendary print collections in the United States.Image GalleryArtistsRelated EventsExhibition BookTeachers GuideJordan D. SchnitzerPress Release
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Robert Von Neumann (American, 1888-1976), "The Six Net Menders" (detail), 1935, aquatint.

Strength and Dignity: Images of the Worker from the Permanent Collection

July 28 – October 21, 2018

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

European and American prints and photographs from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's permanent collection depict scenes of workers and the working class from the late 19th century through the first half of the 20th century. 

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Jim Riswold," Red Chinese Doll (in Kate Spade)" (detail), 2015-16, color digital print

Jim Riswold: Undignified

June 2 – August 26, 2018

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Portland, Oregon, artist Jim Riswold takes viewers on an fun-filled and irreverent art journey as he pokes fun at taboo figures such as Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Mao Zedong, General George Custer, Vladimir Lenin, and Kim Jong Un, among others. 

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Robert Bibler, "The Submersion (After Michelangelo)" (detail), 1997

Robert Bibler: Works on Paper

May 12 – July 15, 2018

Study Gallery, Print Study Center

For more than 40 years, Robert Bibler (American, born 1948) has combined a fascination with cinematic storytelling, classic film, and Renaissance art to create a beautifully rendered and thoughtful body of work. This exhibition features drawings and mixed media works on paper created by Bibler between 1974 and 2017.

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Senior Art Majors 2018

April 14 – May 13, 2018

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their four years at Willamette.

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James B. Thompson, "Permanent Green" (detail), ©2017

Water is Sacred: Water is Life

April 14 – May 13, 2018

Atrium Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art pairs its annual senior art majors exhibition with a small solo exhibition of recent work by one of the faculty members in the art department at Willamette University. This year, the exhibition will focus on recent work by Professor James B. Thompson (American, born 1951), who teaches courses in painting, printmaking, drawing, and design. 

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Jan Sadeler (Flemish, 1550-1600), after Maerten de Vos (Flemish, 1532-1603), "The Separation of Light and Darkness" (detail), 1587

Holy Beauty: Northern Renaissance Prints Discovered in an Early English Bible

February 10 – April 29, 2018

Study Gallery, Print Study Center and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Organized by Professor Ricardo De Mambro Santos, the exhibition explores the fascinating history of the Hexham Abbey Bible, a rare 17th-century English Bible that was printed in Cambridge, England in 1629. The Bible includes many Dutch and Flemish prints made by artists during the last half of the 16th century that were inserted into the volume after it was printed.

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MK Guth, "Dinner to Plan a Revolution," 2016

MK Guth: Paying Attention

January 20 – March 31, 2018

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

MK Guth is a nationally-recognized Portland, Oregon conceptual artist and Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. The exhibition features a range of earlier site-specific installations that are intended to illuminate how social interaction is shaped through rites and treasured objects, as well as a series of new site-specific installations that activate objects from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s permanent collection, and Willamette’s archives, that encourage visitors to interact with them.
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nic & sloy: side by side

November 3, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Salem artists Dave and Sandra Nichols (under the pseudonyms “nic” and “sloy”) create new interpretations of archaic myths and customs from combinations of found objects and fragments of language.