Past Exhibitions

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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.
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Rick Bartow, "Crow Shadow" (detail), 2013, lithograph

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25

September 16 – December 22, 2017

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This exhibition chronicles the history of Crow’s Shadow over the past 25 years as it emerged as an important native printmaking atelier located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon.

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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.