Past Exhibitions

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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.

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.