Exhibition Features Prominent Native American Artist

Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present an exhibit of work by Native American artist Rick Bartow Jan. 19 through March 16, 2002. "Rick Bartow: My Eye," the first major retrospective of his work, features 54 works in a variety of media on loan from public and private collections in Oregon, Washington, California and Arizona. The Bartow exhibit will travel across the country for two years after it leaves the University.

The show includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures from 1986 to the present. Bartow, who is Yurok from northern California, draws on Native American mythology as well as that of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific. The exhibition's aim is to provide audiences with insights into the historical, aesthetic and cultural influences that inform Bartow's art.

An 80-page exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an introduction by Oregon writer Barry Lopez, a critical essay by exhibit curator Rebecca Dobkins, more than 80 color and black/white illustrations and an extensive biography of the artist. The Bartow book is published in association with the University of Washington Press.

Dr. Gerald McMaster, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, will present an illustrated slide lecture on Bartow's work Friday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 6 pm in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum. Admission is free.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, McMaster will facilitate a half-day symposium entitled "Sources of Sight: A Symposium in Conjunction with 'Rick Bartow: My Eye'" from 10 a.m. to noon, and again from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette School of Law. Admission is free.

Financial support for the exhibition, publication and lectures is provided by an endowment gift from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde with additional support from the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Council for the Humanities.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at the corner of State and Cottage streets in Salem on the campus of Willamette University. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and $2 for seniors. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, please call 503-370-6855.