Past Exhibitions

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Artist unknown, Woven dance arm band (detail), cane, nassa shells and pigments, 11.25 x 6.25 x 1.5 in., gift of David Eisler, collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Salem, OR, 2014.023.021. Photo: Dale Peterson.

Capturing the Power of the Spirit World: Ritual Objects from Northeast Papua New Guinea

July 29 – October 22, 2017

Study Gallery

Objects from Northeast Papua New Guinea displaying rich and diverse artistic tradition, gifted to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and organized by David Eisler.Image GallerySpecial Lecture
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Artist unknown, "The Ark, Sausalito Dance Concert" (detail), October 6, 1967, offset lithograph

Behind the Beyond: Psychedelic Posters and Fashion in San Francisco, 1966-71

June 3 – August 27, 2017

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Organized by artist Gary Westford and drawn from his extensive personal collection in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The Summer of Love,” this exhibition features more than 100 iconic posters, historic photographs, and related ephemera that highlight the development of the “psychedelic” art style. Twenty examples of clothing chart the influence of psychedelia on the worlds of both street and high fashion. The exhibition will also feature a light show by Bill Ham who created the revolutionary swirling backdrops to many legendary rock concerts of the time.

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Nancy Parker, "W23 Energy" (detail), 1968, color screen print.

Turned On!: The American Blacklight Poster, 1967-71

May 13 – July 16, 2017

Study Gallery

Organized by artist Gary Westford and drawn from his personal collection, Turned On!: The American Blacklight Poster, 1967-71 offers viewers an opportunity to experience the fun of stepping into a 60s style blacklight room with 10 posters as well as an Op art dress.

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Andy Warhol, "Campbell's Soup Can (Tomato) (II.4a), unlimited edition", 1966, screen print on paper shopping bag.

The 60s: Pop and Op Art Prints from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

May 13 – October 22, 2017

Print Study Center

Organized by Director John Olbrantz, this exhibition explores how the Pop and Op art movements influenced the development of psychedelic posters and fashion in San Francisco in the late 1960s.

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Collective Query: Drawing Connections

April 15 – May 14, 2017

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art highlights the work of senior studio art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their four years at Willamette and features work in a variety of media.

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Caya Skillin-Brauchle, "Super Speed," 2016

Cayla Skillin-Brauchle: SUPER SPEED!

April 15 – May 14, 2017

Atrium Gallery

Cayla Skillin-Brauchle is a visual artist whose multidisciplinary practice spans drawing, video, installation, performance, and social practice. Skillin-Brauchle holds a BA degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin and an MFA degree from Ohio University in Athens and is currently an assistant professor of art at Willamette University. 

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David George Andersen, "Vault of Heaven," 2013

David George Andersen: Word Play

April 15 – May 28, 2017

The Maribeth Collins Lobby

Salem artist David George Andersen (1960-2017) addressed the many hypocrisies of modern American life through his politically charged, irreverent, and whimsical mixed media assemblages. Andersen served as Exhibition Designer and Chief Preparator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art from 2007-2016. Organized by Collection Curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition will feature a range of work created throughout Andersen’s career.

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Anne Hirondelle, "Re:Volve 1," 2015, stoneware and paint

Anne Hirondelle: Small Revolutions

February 11 – April 30, 2017

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Anne Hirondelle is an internationally recognized ceramic artist who was raised in Salem, Oregon and educated at the University of Washington. Throughout her career, Hirondelle has pushed the boundaries of the ceramic medium, making vessels and sculptures that are warmly alive and visually engaging. Organized by director John Olbrantz, the exhibition will feature a range of ceramic vessels and drawings on loan from the artists and several private collections.

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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.