Current Exhibitions

Calvin Cooper, “Spotted Cat,” 1992

Calvin Cooper, “Spotted Cat,” 1992

Current Exhibition

Singular Visions: Self-Taught Artists from the Permanent Collection

January 2 – April 20, 2024

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Organized by curator Jonathan Bucci and drawn exclusively from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s permanent collection, the exhibition features works by self-taught artists—artists who have not received any formal training in the visual arts. 

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Calvin Cooper, “Spotted Cat,” 1992

Calvin Cooper, “Spotted Cat,” 1992

Current Exhibition

Singular Visions: Self-Taught Artists from the Permanent Collection

January 2 – April 20, 2024

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Organized by curator Jonathan Bucci and drawn exclusively from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s permanent collection, the exhibition features works by self-taught artists—artists who have not received any formal training in the visual arts. 

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Senior Studio Art Majors Image
Upcoming Exhibition

IN/BETWEEN: Senior Studio Art Majors 2024

April 20 – May 18, 2024

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior studio art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their four years at Willamette.

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Alexandra Opie

Alexandra Opie

Upcoming Exhibition

Alexandra Opie: What Remains

April 20 – May 18, 2024

Atrium Gallery

This year’s featured faculty member is Alexandra Opie, a professor of photography and electronic media and co-chair of the art department in the Willamette University Art Department.


Permanent Exhibitions

Lucinda Parker: [italics]Pinkish Lenticular[/italics]
Permanent Exhibition

Northwest Perspectives: Selections from the Permanent Collection

On permanent view

Carl Hall Gallery

Visitors can explore new ideas of landscape, narrative, identity, form and process through a variety of paintings, sculptures and mixed media that highlight both visual and conceptual relationships between historic and contemporary art.

The gallery provides the museum with an opportunity to share many previously unviewed works that capture the rich and varied expressions that have taken place during the past century, which has been marked by rapid changes in the art world, the Northwest and its landscape.

[italics]Tillamook Wallet Basket[/italics]
Permanent Exhibition

Ancestral Dialogues: Conversations in Native American Art

On permanent view

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection of American Indian art, this exhibition is organized around the concept of dialogue. The focus is on native art history as a dynamic, rich legacy from which contemporary arts grow today. Art works are placed in conversation, juxtaposed so that the work of many generations is in visual dialogue across time, telling stories of creation, transformation, and renewal. Historic baskets, bags, regalia, and lithics are displayed side by side with contemporary art works by artists such as Rick Bartow, James Lavadour, Bud Lane, Lillian Pitt, Pat Courtney Gold, and Joe Feddersen among many others.

[italics]Relief of a Servant[/italics]
Permanent Exhibition

Across Continents, Through Time

On permanent view

Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery

This exhibition features selections from the museum’s European, Asian, and American Collections, which span 4,500 years and encompass four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. On view are paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, textiles, architectural fragments, archaeological artifacts, Orthodox icons and decorative arts that will deepen visitors’ appreciation for artworks of aesthetic quality and expressive significance from cultural traditions worldwide.

Many of the works of art displayed in this gallery were generously donated to Willamette University in 1990 by Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh, and formed the basis for the creation of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Permanent Exhibition

Print Study Center

On permanent view

Print Study Center

The museum’s collections of works on paper – prints, drawings, paintings on paper, and photographs – are stored, studied and displayed in the Print Study Center. The collection includes many contemporary American works, particularly by artists of the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights include etchings by the 17th-century Dutch artist Anthonie Waterloo, and 19th-century American expatriate artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler, as well as an early pictorial photograph by Edward Steichen. Temporary exhibitions in the Print Study Center are designed to highlight works in the permanent collection, and complement and enhance the special exhibitions on view.

Henk Pander's painting of the Very Large Array (VLA)
Permanent Exhibition

Point of View

On permanent view

Landing to the second floor

In this ongoing exhibition series, we invite members of the Willamette community to share their experience or interpretation of a work of art from the perspective of their area of expertise, study, or research. Each semester we will offer a new work, and a new "point of view."


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