Artist Tad Savinar to Speak

As of October 18, 2004, this lecture has been reschuduled for Novermber 18, 2004.

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking, artist Tad Savinar will present an illustrated slide lecture on his work Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Admission is free.

Savinar was born in Portland, Or., in 1950 and educated at Colorado College, where he received his BA degree in studio art. Savinar is a conceptual artist and playwright who has been featured in dozens of one person and group exhibitions over the years and is included in numerous public and private collections.

In his lecture, Savinar will discuss his work in a variety of media, from printmaking and installation pieces to urban design and the design of memorials. As an artist who has chosen his brain as his tool of choice, Savinar feels it is of value for students and others to be exposed to the variety of options that are open to one who gets an "art education" or becomes an "artist."

Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking features the work of 16 printmakers who find humor and satire in contemporary art, fashion, food, religion, politics, and popular culture. The exhibit continues through Oct. 30 in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery.

Drawn from the extensive collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, the exhibition features more than 80 works by American and British printmakers. Included in the exhibition are works by Mark Bennett, Enrique Chagoya, Roy DeForest, Tony Fitzpatrick, Ellen Gallagher, David Gilhooly, Red Grooms, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Gene McMahon, Claes Oldenburg, Tad Savinar, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, and William Wegman.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. Admission to the exhibition will be free the day of the workshop.

For further information, please call 503-370-6855.