David Boxley (Tsimshian, b. 1952), "Legend Adaox," 1988.

David Boxley (Tsimshian, b. 1952), "Legend Adaox," 1988.

Current Exhibition

TRANSFORMATIONS: The George and Colleen Hoyt Collection of Northwest Coast Art

September 17 – December 17, 2022

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This exhibition traces the revival and history of contemporary Northwest Coast indigenous art over the past 75 years through the George and Colleen Hoyt Collection of Pacific Northwest Art. It includes masks, wooden objects, and prints by some of Canada and Alaska’s most important and distinguished artists.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Rick Silva, "Grand Staircase-Escalante," 2018

​​Cat Figurine (with incised wadjet-eye amulet), Ancient Egyptian, Late Period, 664-332 BCE, Bronze, cast; Gift of Fred W. Neumann, 2020.012.004

Upcoming Exhibition

Hidden Histories: Ancient Art from the Permanent Collections

January 3 – April 22, 2023

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Organized by faculty curator and professor of art history and archaeology, Ann M. Nicgorski, the exhibition features a range of objects of daily life from Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, and Rome; as well as a range of ancient textiles mainly from late Roman to Late Antique Egypt.
Rita Robillard (American, born 1944), "Queen of the Night I," from the series "Flower Serenade: A Gift of Time," 2021.

Rita Robillard (American, born 1944), "Queen of the Night I," from the series "Flower Serenade: A Gift of Time," 2021.

Upcoming Exhibition

Rita Robillard: Time and Place

January 24 – March 25, 2023

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Rita Robillard (American, born 1944) is a highly regarded Portland, Oregon mixed media artist who explores themes of history, nature, ecology and place in her work.
Ranran Fan

Ranran Fan

Upcoming Exhibition

Ranran Fan

April 18 – May 13, 2023

Atrium Gallery

This year’s featured faculty member is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ranran Fan, who teaches 4D art and photography in the Willamette University Art Department.

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Upcoming Exhibition

murmuration: Senior Studio Art Majors 2022

April 18 – May 13, 2023

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.

James Hibbard, "Horse," 1988.

James Hibbard, "Horse," 1988.

Upcoming Exhibition

Jim Hibbard: Back into View

May 6 – August 12, 2023

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Jim Hibbard was an important Northwest artist who, after a 30-year career of exhibiting and teaching in Portland, established a new home and studio in Guanajuato, Mexico. This focused survey exhibition makes his Mexican work available to American audiences for the first time as well as revisits work from his earlier Portland years. 
Tom Prochaska, "Oregon," 2013.

Tom Prochaska, "Oregon," 2013.

Upcoming Exhibition

Tom Prochaska: A Retrospective

June 6 – August 26, 2023

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This retrospective exhibition explores the career of longtime Portland artist Tom Prochakska. Well known for his open ended narrative works, Prochaska has developed a body of work that often merges dreamlike memories with a dark sense of humor. 
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Upcoming Exhibition

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial

August 26 – December 2, 2023

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial exhibition features a selection of contemporary prints created by Native and non-Native artists at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon.

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Upcoming Exhibition

Hallie Ford Museum of Art at 25

September 19 – December 16, 2023

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

More information coming soon.

Permanent Exhibitions

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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.

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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.

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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.

Picture of Greek Tanagra figurine
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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