Native American Artist Featured at Museum

Don Bailey ArtDon Bailey ArtAn exhibition of work by Don Bailey, a highly regarded painter and art teacher at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, opens Dec. 1 and continues through Jan. 13 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Don Bailey: Spider and the Bureau, The Blanket Series, organized by Professor Rebecca Dobkins, presents a new body of paintings created during the past four years that reframes the complex legacy that formal and informal institutions have had on Native American life. Bailey, a Hupa tribal member, was raised on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in California. For nearly 30 years, he has taught art at Chemawa Indian School, the oldest federal Indian boarding school in the U.S.

Bailey will give a free lecture about his work Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the museum. A free reception follows from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lobby and galleries. A free full-color brochure with an essay by the artist and eight color illustrations accompanies the exhibition and will be available at the museum.

Don Bailey: Spider and the Bureau, The Blanket Series is supported through an endowment gift from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Additional support has been provided by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (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. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855 or visit