Regalia Exhibition Includes Teacher Workshop and Gallery Talks

In conjunction with its fall exhibition, The Art of Ceremony: Regalia of Native Oregon, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will host free gallery talks and a workshop for teachers interested in bringing their classes to see the exhibition.

Elizabeth Garrison, the museum's Cameron Paulin Curator of Education, will teach the workshop Oct. 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the museum. The purpose is to help teachers prepare students for a field trip to the museum, develop strategies to tour the exhibition, and propose ideas that reinforce the gallery experience and broaden curriculum concepts back in the classroom. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required by calling (503) 370-6855.

The museum also will host a series of free gallery talks about the exhibition. Garrison or a museum docent will lead talks Tuesdays, Sept. 30 through Jan. 13, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Willamette University students will present talks Saturdays in October from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

The Art of Ceremony: Regalia of Native Oregon, on display Sept. 28 through Jan. 18, is a major exhibition of historic and contemporary regalia from all nine of Oregon's federally recognized Native American tribes, much of which is rarely seen by the general public. Organized by Willamette Anthropology Professor Rebecca Dobkins in partnership with the tribes, the exhibition is designed to introduce non-tribal audiences to the history, beauty and function of regalia within tribal life and thought.

The Oregon Arts Commission, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, selected the exhibition as the state's 2008 American Masterpieces project. Additional support has been provided by an endowment gift from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and by grants from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund, the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds, the Oregon Arts Commission, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and a Millicent McIntosh Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

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 Mondays. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesdays are admission-free. For more information, call (503) 370-6855 or visit